SHE’S won a Hollywood Gold Cup, raced at the Dubai World Cup and starred on the silver screen alongside Dustin Hoffman, now Chantal Sutherland is coming to Australia.
The recently retired American-based jockey will compete at the Great Southern Star night in the inaugural Aldebaran Park Monte Series in Victoria next month.
Described on her website as a jockey, actress and model, the 37-year-old Canadian will add more than a touch of glamour to the event as she aims to live up to her title as the ‘Danica Patrick of horse racing’.
“I’m very excited to experience Australia for the first time and am honoured to have been asked to be an ambassador and ride in the Monte race on Great Southern Star Night,” Sutherland said.
“I look forward to the exciting events that have been planned and meeting all of the racing fans,” said Sutherland, who became the first female jockey to ride at the Dubai World Cup in 2012.
Sutherland has signed on to be a Great Southern Star ambassador, along with local reinswoman Kate Gath.
Sutherland won 931 career races including a Hollywood Gold Cup and Santa Anita Handicap, while also riding star gallopers Mine That Bird — who won a Kentucky Derby as a 50-1 outsider — and impressive gelding Game On Dude.
Although she etched out a successful career as a thoroughbred jockey, Sutherland boasts a background in harness racing.
In a time trial at The Meadows racetrack in September last year, Sutherland broke the USA record with an open-class trotter under saddle.
Sutherland is no stranger to exposure away from the track, appearing alongside Australian hoop Kayla Stra in the reality television series Jockeys on the Animal Planet network in the US, while she also had a role in the Dustin Hoffman-led drama series Luck.
The Pryde’s EasiFeed Great Southern Star will be run jointly with the Lyn McPherson Memorial Breed For Speed Girls’ Night Out, supporting the Women’s Cancer Foundation Ovarian Cancer Institute. Officials are confident of breaking their fundraising record from last year, when they collected almost $75,000.