Horse Racing has been a sport dominated by men since the day it began. This has certainly changed over the last decade with many extremely talented female jockeys getting the chance to shine. Here are just a few female horse racing jockeys that have been making waves over the last few years.
Bryony Frost (National Hunt)
Bryony Frost certainly has all to credentials to become a top jockey, with her father Jimmy winning the 1989 Grand National on Little Polvier.
As an amateur jockey, she won the Foxhunters Chase at Cheltenham on board the great Pacha Du Polder. Then as a pro, she became only the second female jockey to win a Grade One when winning the Kauto Star Novices Chase in 2017, on boxing day.
Since then, Bryony has gone from strength to strength, most recently at Cheltenham becoming the first female jockey to win a Grade One at the Cheltenham Festival with Frodon. At just the age of 24, I expect Bryony to be breaking more records in the near future, paving the way for more female horse racing jockeys.
Rachael Blackmore (National Hunt)
Blackmore is a jockey on the rise at the moment, she has had such a wonderful season nearly becoming the first female to win the Irish jockeys’ championship currently in 2nd to Paul Townend. In the 2016/17 season, Rachael did become the first female jockey to win the Irish Conditional Jockeys title.
She is currently ahead of true greats like Ruby Walsh and Davy Russell in the race for the title, which on its own is a huge accolade. One thing is for sure the 29-year-old has a huge future ahead of her.
Hayley Turner (Flat)
Hayley Turner has been a stalwart in the British flat racing game for the last decade. Not only has she been the best female jockey, but she has also simply been one of the best jockeys of the last decade. She became the first female jockey to have 100 winners in a calendar year in 2008. Her most significant wins came in 2011 when winning the Nunthorpe Stakes & July Cup. Hayley temporarily retired from the saddle in 2015. She made many TV appearances over the year with At The Races and became a regular on ITV Racing. In 2018, she came out of retirement.
Josephine Gordon (Flat)
Josephine hit the headlines when winning the British flat racing Champion Apprentice title in 2016, she really was fantastic that year. In 2017, she won her first big race the Victoria Cup at Ascot for William Haggas. Gordon rode her first Group race winner in July 2017, winning the Chipchase Stakes at Newcastle. In September that year, Josephine had another group winner on board Apphia in the Princess Royal Stakes. Following in Hayley Turner’s footsteps she became only the second female jockey to have over 100 winners in a calendar year.