SHE’s been a shooting star in two countries, as well as one of the stars of the historic men-v-women jockey challenge at the Saudi Cup weekend in Riyadh at the end of February, and now she’s a dual record breaker as well, reports TRC.
France’s Mickaelle Michel on Tuesday ended her prolific spell on Japan’s NAR circuit by setting a new mark for the most wins recorded by a foreign jockey on a short-term licence, horseracingplanet.com is reporting today.
On the final day of a two-month stint during which she has become a hugely popular figure with the Japanese racing public, 24-year-old Michel’s victory on Emmys Romance at Funabashi racecourse became her 30th winner from 267 rides. The success took her past the previous best by a jockey on a three-month licence on Japan’s second-tier circuit, the local authority-run National Association of Racing [NAR].
Going into the meeting, where Michel had seven rides, she was in a joint-share of the record with Epsom Derby-winning Brit Alan Munro, who rode 29 winners in 2011, and Frenchman and former U.S. apprentice Ryan Curatolo (2017). She had already beaten the record by a two-month licence-holder of 25 set by Italian Cristian Demuro.