Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Results Count -- Not Gender

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Results Count -- Not Gender

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EACH weekend The Chronicle sport team looks at pressing issues on the Saturday Soapbox.

Q: Clifford Park premier jockey Skye Bogenhuber will move to Perth after a decorated riding career in Toowoomba. Has Bogenhuber and fellow female jockeys in Toowoomba shown women can be quality riders?

Glen McCullough: FIRSTLY on Skye Bogenhuber. Can I please suggest you read the comments of trainer Michael Nolan on page 48 of today's paper where he offers his opinion on her rise to the top of Toowoomba racing.

I think you will agree they are the ingredients for success we could all take heed from.

Of course women have "proven" themselves the equal -- and in some cases more -- of male jockeys.

As a racing scribe I don't differentiate between the two genders.

Patronising women riders these days I think could be considered an insult. The runs are on the board.

However, they still face two huge hurdles -- perception and discrimination.

Both are human traits you will never stamp out.

Regardless of their achievements, female jockeys will always be perceived in some sections as inferior to male riders.

But surely results will trump perception most days of the week.

Discrimination, as well, against female riders will always remain, but there is nothing new about discrimination.

We discriminate every day in choices we make.

It might might come in the brand of car we buy or even which apples we choose from the grocery store.

There's nothing wrong with that. We are free to choose who or whatever pleases us.

But thanks to Skye and those before her, remaining discriminatory against female riders is almost stone-age. It's all about talent and opportunity.

Ben Drewe: THOSE that wouldn't back a horse with a female jockey must have lost thousands over the past few years.

Those punters are dinosaurs as there are female jockeys around who can do just as good of a job as their male counterparts.

There is a strong representation of female jockeys riding at Clifford Park and it is great to see.

Anton Rose: THERE was never any doubt that women could be great riders but the likes of Skye and those before her went a long way to inspiring more women to get into racing. …

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