Elliott third as Japanese star Fujita wins Women Jockeys' World Cup

Swedish competition featured 10 leading female riders

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Jane Elliott had to settle for third place as Japanese rider Nanako Fujita claimed the Women Jockeys’ World Cup at Bro Park in Sweden on Sunday.

Elliott represented British interests along with Georgia Cox in the five-leg competition, with Sophie Ralston flying the flag for Ireland.

While both Elliott and Ralston managed to win races in the 10-rider event, Fujita, who is the only female jockey on the Japan Racing Association circuit, won two heats to lift the title.

The 22-year-old racked up a total of 48 points, with Sweden’s Josefin Landgren second on 43 and Elliott, who was standing in for Hayley Turner, back in third with 38.

Fujita said: “It’s unbelievable I am really happy. It is the first time I have ridden a winner outside of Japan.

“Travelling to Sweden and riding Swedish horses has been a very good experience for me and I hope I can inspire other female riders.

“I am thankful to my trainer in Japan and my parents and to Svensk Galopp for inviting me to Sweden.”

Ralston finished fourth and with Cox in fifth.

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