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France Galop female jockey rule criticised by Turner, Gordon and Kirby

France Galop female jockey rule criticised by Turner, Gordon and Kirby

A new rule in France allowing horses with female jockeys to carry less weight has been labelled “unfair”, “offensive” and “patronising”.

Governing body France Galop will allow 2kg (4.4lbs) less in the saddle to encourage use of female riders.

Group One-winning jockey Hayley Turner wants “more subtle” help, adding: “It seems a bit unfair on the lads.”

The British Horseracing Authority noted the move “with great interest” but has “currently no plans” to do the same.

Jean-Pierre Colombu, vice president of France Galop, said the rule change provided a “real opportunity” for female riders. […]

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