INTRODUCTION: A group of eight lady jockeys from the United Kingdom were in Malta on Sunday (13 February) to take part in two horse races specially for women.
SV Women jockeys in mounting yard before race in Valletta, Malta
GV PAN Start of race
SV PAN Late starter on horse No. 6
LV TILT FROM Skyline TO riders on final stretch and PAN as they pass winning post
SV Winning jockey with owner of horse
SPORT: HORSE RACING
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Background: INTRODUCTION: A group of eight lady jockeys from the United Kingdom were in Malta on Sunday (13 February) to take part in two horse races specially for women.
SYNOPSIS: It's the third time that a race meeting held by the Malta Racing Club has featured races for women jockeys, and six of the eight British women had ridden in Malta previously. Among them was Miss Diana Bissill, who is President of the Lady Jockey's Association in the United Kingdom. Women jockeys are gaining acceptance throughout the world, and one woman is expected to ride in England's premier steeplechase event, the Grand National at Aintree next month.
The crowd included 200 racing supporters who flew out from Britain for the meeting. In the first of two races for the women jockeys, Bocra Inspiration ridden by Mrs. Joan Calvert was left at the start and eventually finished well out of the race.
The second race was won by Miss Brooke Sanders riding Sandy Lee. Miss Sanders won a race in Malta in 1976.
The First race was won by Mrs. Joy Gibson riding Investment.
Mrs. Gibson rods the same horse to victory in 1975. Afterwards she was congratulated by the owner, Mr. S. Attard.