Chantal Sutherland does not have to prove she is more than just a pretty face. The top Canadian jockey is planning an assault on the Cathay Pacific International Jockeys' Championship at Happy Valley tonight and will be out to show the men how to ride a winner - in her trademark pink boots and tack, of course. Sutherland, who has starred in a reality TV series, is bringing out her own perfume range and has posed for Vogue magazine, is not your stereotypical jockey. But with a race record that boasts more than 450 wins in Canada and the United States, there can be little doubt she has earned her invitation to ride in the most competitive riding environment in the world. 'It is a great honour to be invited to ride in Hong Kong,' Sutherland said. 'I will ride my best and hope I am lucky enough to be invited back again next year. Like anything, you have to be in the race to win it, and I truly believe in my heart that I can win any race.' Her optimism already has her ahead of champion local hoop Douglas Whyte, who admits he will 'need to produce something very special to win the championship'. Whyte has been posted a HK$6 chance in the Jockeys' Challenge market, which will operate on the legs of the championship. Sutherland's enthusiasm may see her firm from an opening market assessment of HK$13 - but if her popularity at yesterday's press launch was anything to go by, she may well start favourite. Sutherland, or 'So Sin-tung' as she was officially named in Chinese by a recent Hong Kong Jockey Club website contest - is looking forward to her first experience of the famous Happy Valley atmosphere. 'It is such a small track that I'm sure I will be able to hear the fans even from the other side of the course,' Sutherland said. 'As a rider it gives you a real boost when you can feel the energy from the crowd. I've heard it is amazing here when you round the home turn.' As for her off-track pursuits, Sutherland remains modest. 'I am very tough and competitive on the racetrack,' Sutherland said. 'But off the track I like to look after my skin and try to be healthy. If people say that I am beautiful, then I guess I just have to thank my parents.' Leading Sydney jockey Hugh Bowman has also arrived in Hong Kong ahead of his tilt at both the International Jockeys' Championship and the Hong Kong Mile at Sha Tin on Sunday. Bowman is regular rider for the Australian grey, Racing To Win, and is hopeful of guiding the John O'Shea-trained galloper to his first International Group One victory.