November 18, 2011, Macau~On 14 November, Lady Fengentri Riders opened a new chapter as they supplied excitement and anticipation at the Macau Jockey Club. Sarah Leutwiler from Switzerland on board Power More trained by KH Leong won the first Heat of the Star River Windsor Arch Fegentri lady Riders Charity Race of 1500m in 1:33.5. Yabba Dabba Do with Barbara Guenet aboard was second followed in for third by Luen Yat Success powered by Lisa O’Neill. Leutwiler, 29, is a lawyer by profession and came with 50 wins to her credit on the flat and 200 placings from her 350 race rides. She has been licensed since 2002 and has ridden winners in Turkey, Belgium, Italy, USA and Germany.
Turquoise Profit gained a second win for trainer, KH Leong, as 2010 Fegentri Cup World Champion, Tina Henriksson won Heat 2, 1200m in 1:13.4. Farson, piloted by Rachel King from the UK was 4 seconds behind and Ashaki with Barabara Guenet up came in third. Henriksson had 41 wins in 2010 and is a student and stable lass in Sweden.
Although they’ve traveled to more than 15 countries this past year, this was the first time for the group in Macau. Susanna Santesson, the General Secretary of Fegentri, said, ”It was an extraordinary opportunity and a great success. We are very proud and happy that MJC has invited lady riders this year. Racing is very professional and the trainers were happy with all of the hand picked riders.”
The MJC Charity Scholarships supported by the Club collected several hundred thousand dollars from the donations to help outstanding students in need of financial aid to continue their studies.
The best amateur riders of each member country of FEGENTRI qualify to participate in the World Championships and they all feel very honoured and privileged to represent their respective countries. They are all “amateurs” and therefore do not receive any fee for riding in races. Amateur riders competing in FEGENTRI World Championship races come from varied backgrounds and all have a full time profession. Among competitors, one may find bankers, students, policemen and even a vicar! They are all united by a common passion for horseracing. Amateur riders in Macau represented Switzerland, France, Great Britain, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the USA.