Jessica Marcialis has made history by becoming the first female jockey to gain a Group One race in France, after riding Tiger Tanaka to victory at Paris’ Longchamps on Sunday.
The Italian, who resumed her racing career after becoming a mom, was seen beaming after crossing the finish line and was met by rapturous applause after winning the Qatar Prix Marcel Boussac.
The 30-year-old celebrated with her family as she returned to the winner’s circle and shared an inspirational message to moms across the world.
“It’s incredible. I don’t have the words. Yesterday we said it was amazing to be here today,” she told Sky Sports Racing, whilst holding her son.
“I want to say to all the mums, ‘We can do it. Be strong.'”
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Marcialis, who is from a racing family, has navigated her way up from the amateur ranks and is now making a name for herself on the professional circuit in France.
Her historic ride was made all the more memorable with the winning horse being trained by her partner Charley Rossi.
It was a red-letter day for the Marseille-based Rossi. His uncle Frederic trained the Jean-Luc Lagardere winner Sealiway 35 minutes earlier.
Enable might not have been able to manage three Arcs but there was one British mare who managed to win the same race for the third time and that was the William Haggas trained One Master who got up late to become the first three-time winner of the Group One Prix de La Foret.
Female jockeys have been given a weight allowance in France in recent years but this advantage does not apply to Group One races — the highest level of racing for the most elite thoroughbreds.
Sunday’s victory was part of the lucrative Longchamps meeting which also hosts Europe’s richest race — the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, which was collected by Sottsass.
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