Female Jockeys Equal to Men in University of Liverpool Study
The University of Liverpool in England has released the results of a study performed by that prestigious institution of higher education that reached the conclusion that the abilities of female and male thoroughbred racehorse jockeys are equivalent to one another.
The hole in the study is that, despite being conducted in collaboration with the British Horseracing Authority, the conclusion that the difference in performance between the genders is “negligible” when the subjective criterion of the quality of the horse being ridden is considered.
Take a horse of unquestioned top quality – Winx.
Would she have done better or worse, if instead of Hugh Bowman sitting on her, it were instead Linda Meech?
You do not need a university to ignite that argument. Just bring it up in the boozer and see if anyone has an opinion.
Study author Vanessa Cashmore decided to study the performance differential between male and female jockeys was spurred (so sorry) by the decision of France Galop to recently introduce a 2 kg weight allowance for female jockeys.
Sexual equality, indeed. We are all for it, save when it is our ox that is being gored. If we were trainers, one look at France Galop’s move would have us scouring the paddocks, the streets and anywhere else we could think of to find female hoops, but we would say that due to the fragile constitutions of the female fender, the weight allowance would be more fairly employed at 4 kg, rather than just two.
No one can accuse Cashmore of slip-shod (sorry again) research, as she analised 14 years of data, covering more than 1.5 million individual rides.
With less than 14 minutes of analysis, we can speak with great assurance that the galloper does not discriminate due to sex.
One of the interesting things to arise from Cashmore’s study is that in the United Kingdom, women hold 24 percent of the jockey licenses, but only got on for 5.2 percent of the races over the time considered, from 2003 to 2016.