Female Korean Jockey Lee Keum Joo Wins In Morocco

Lee Keum Joo last week won the latest round of the HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship (IFAHR) 2014 at Hippodrome De Casablanca-Anfa in Morocco last Friday.

Lee Keum Joo and Kanzaman win in Morocco (Pic: IFAHR)

Lee Keum Joo and Kanzaman win in Morocco (Pic: IFAHR)

Riding the locally-bred and reasonably well-fancied Kanzaman, Lee finished almost a length ahead of German rider Tamara Hofer on favourite Saqr II.

Aside from professionals Lee and Hofer the majority of other riders were either local apprentices or visiting amateurs and included former British Champion Lady Amateur Serena Brotherton.

37-year-old Lee, who will no doubt appreciate the event website’s description of her as a “brilliant young rider”, debuted at Seoul in 2001 when she became only the 2nd woman to gain a jockey license in Korea.

She has had a stop-start career but returned to reasonably regular race-riding this year and is currently attached to the stable of trainer Lee Shin Young – who she qualified as a jockey with before the latter Lee went on to become Korea’s first female trainer. Lee Keum Joo now has 26 career wins.

The “World Championship” continues in Toulouse in France this week and has further global stops including Newbury in England before concluding in Abu Dhabi in November.

Full report from Sheikh Mansoor Festival website