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1st Winner World-Wide For An Arabic Woman Jockey
Meanwhile news of Salima Al Taleei's "history-making riding success continues to reverberate from flu-torn Australia to the United Arab Emirates & beyond," reported racingpost.co.uk. Al Taleei, 26 (who is attached to former UK Lambourn jockey-trainer Michael Kettle's stable in Abu Dhabi) "became the 1st Arabic woman professional jockey to ride a winner anywhere in the world" when she scored on outsider Telestah La Vistah over 1300m in a Queensland country meeting at Deagon for trainer Pat Duff. Kettle declared: "It was a fantastic result & I couldn't be more proud. When I spoke to Pat Duffy, he said she gave the horse a great ride. Salima has been with Pat for 4 months, during the UAE closed season, but she had to wait 3 months to get a visa to enable her to ride; & then, of course, they had the equine flu nightmare, which further delayed her. But it's all come right in the end & Pat's proud that Salima had her very 1st winner in Australia." Al Taleei "turned to race-riding when her ambitions in the field of athletics were frustrated by lack of female competition in her native Oman"; she became the 1st Arabic female to be granted a professional licence by the Emirates Racing Authority in 2006 & achieved similar status in England last summer when she rode in Arabian races.