Female Horse Racing Jockeys
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Female Horse Racing Jockeys

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.

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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.

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Grand National 2019

What is the Grand National?

The Grand National is a horse race held every year at Aintree. The Grand National was first raced in 1839, run over a distance of 4 miles 514 yards with horses jumping 30 fences. This event resembles British Culture at it’s finest, the Grand National is the race where the whole country will follow the race and have a small wager. Grand National Free Bets.

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Which horses are running in the Grand National – Top 40?

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Current Favourite

TIGER ROLL – Last year’s winner Tiger Roll is the favourite for the Grand National. Currently priced around 5/1 he looks to be going off the shortest priced favourite in the last decade. Since winning the Cross Country at Cheltenham by 22 lengths, Tiger Roll was only put 8lb by the handicapper. There is no such thing as a sure thing in the greatest race in the world, however, Tiger Roll must be close to that. Can Tiger Roll break the chain and emulate the great Red Rum?

Horses that failed to win back to back Grand National’s

BINDAREE 20/1 – 2002 Winner, 2003 Sixth

Nigel Twiston-Davies has had some fantastic chasers in his time, undoubtedly winner of the 2002 Grand National Bindaree is up there. Sadly,  he couldn’t win the next year but did make it round safely in a more than respectable 25-1 sixth, trailing winner Monty’s Pass by 40 lengths.

HEDGEHUNTER 7/1F 2005 Winner, 2006 Second

2005 Winner Hedgehunter nearly prevailed the next year after being gambled into Favouritism. Sadly, for owner Trevor Hemmings, Numbersixvalverde trained by Martin Brassil was much too strong.

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COMPLY OR DIE 7/1JF 2008 Winner, 2009 Second

Rated 139 going into the Grand National, Comply Or Die powered clear under Timmy Murphy. The next year into 2009 Comply or Die would finish second too 100/1 shot Mon Mome.

BALLABRIGGS 14/1 2011 Winner, 2012 Sixth

Ballabriggs another Grand National winner owned by Trevor Hemmings. However, his attempt at to emulate Red Rum ended when he was sixth behind Neptune Collonges.

MANY CLOUDS 25/1 2015 Winner, 2016 Sixteenth

Shock winner when winning at 25-1 in the world’s most famous chase. It wasn’t to be in 2016 when Many Clouds was all but pulled up in sixteenth.

Which horse to back in the Grand National 2019

The first ever winner of the Grand National was called Lottery and that is exactly what this race is. Whether you like the name, or it’s your favourite number any horse really can win this race. My advice would be to watch, enjoy, gamble responsibly and hope that every horse and jockey comes back safe and sound in the World’s most famous race.

 

 

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Breeders Cup Picks Day 2

After some scintillating performances on Day 1 of the Breeders Cup with the likes of Newspaperofrecord absolutely bolting up. Let’s jump straight into the action of Day 2 and hopefully find some more winners!

16:00 Breeders Cup Filly & Mare Sprint

Many runners in this field with 14 and that could mean it could get a bit messy over the minimum. Marley’s Freedom should be favourite after winning her last few races. A few horses could spring a surprise with the likes of Happy Like A Fool, Highway Star & Shamrock Rose in the field. Nevertheless, my pick is Marley’s Freedom.

16:38 Breeders Cup Turf Sprint

Karl Burke’s British raider Havana Grey should not be underestimated here. P J McDonald is a fantastic jockey who is underrated on his home soil. World of Trouble could be exactly that for Havana Grey, but, I do think he is good enough here and at 12/1 shes worth an each-way dabble.

17:16 Breeders Cup Dirt Mile

Quite simple for me here, the favourite will win and win well. Catania Cruiser 11/8.

18:04 Breeders Cup Filly & Mare Turf

Wild Illusion has gone from strength to strength recently she’s been in cracking form this summer. Whether she can replicate that on US soil is another matter. At 2/1 she is short enough but the yard did win this last year. I think O’Brien’s Magic Wand will give here most to think about.

18:46 Breeders Cup Sprint

This is going to be an absolute burn up. Promises Fulfilled looks a good thing at 11/2, he’s extremely fast and stays the trip well. If he gets the lead he’ll be hard to pass.

19:36 Breeders Cup Mile

This race is absolutely wide open, I wouldn’t put you off any horse in this race. I expect a European raider to win, but, which one is anybody’s guess. All I can say is good luck!

20:16 Breeders Cup Distaff

Monomoy Girl & Abel Tasman, surely it’s between these two. I’d be edging slightly towards paper favourite Monomoy Girl at 9/4 but that’s on recent form.

20:56 Breeders Cup Turf

Probably the race I am most looking forward too. Enable is an absolute machine, each time she steps on a racetrack it’s a moment that should be cherished. She wins, by 10 lengths!

21:44 Breeders Cup Classic

Mckinzie is the bet here. His trainer Bob Baffert has won this race three times since 2014 with 3-year-olds. I expect that record to get better as long as he settles and gets into a nice rhythm 5/1 is a fair bet.

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Breeders Cup Picks Day 1

The Breeders Cup is finally here. With many European Raiders taking the journey across the pond can any come out victorious? Uncle Sam goes trough his best picks in the top 6 races!

19:21 Breeders Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint

This race has the pontential to be an absolute cracker. European Raiders absolutely dominated this race last year with them finishing in the first 4 places. Queen of Bermuda looks a solid bet at around 12/1. But, I do think Archie Watson’s Soldier Call (7/2) will be hard to beat.

20:00 Breeders Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf

Aidan O’Brien is yet to win this race but has had the runner up on two different occasions. Just Wonderful (6/1) is a very good filly that is still improving, she could potentially bag Aidan his first win here. Chad C Brown’s Newspaperofrecord is the 13/8 favorite and rightfully so, if she breaks on time she will be hard to beat.

20:40 Breeders Cup Juvenile Fillies

This is a difficult race to call with the top 3 in the market relatively short odds. Bellafina 5/2 heads the market for Simon Callaghan winning her last 3 races. But, Restless Rider at 4/1 looks a pearler of a bet. She’s 2-2 here on the track and still looks like she has a lot of progression ahead of her.

21:22 Breeders Cup Juvenile Turf

Should Anthony Van Dyck be a shorter price than 11/4? The draw is the only thing that can beat him here as he is the best horse in the race on figures. His trainer Aidan O’Brien has won 2 of the last 3 races and I expect that record to get better here.

10:05 Breeders Cup Juvenile

Bob Baffert should get off the mark here with short priced favorite Game Winner 7/4. However, there are a few interesting runners in the field namely Complexity and Code of Honor.

10:43 Marathon Stakes

Toast Of New York what a horse he once was! I’m not sure he can win this but at 4/1 the bookmakers certainly think he can. Rocketry heads the market at 10/3. But, I do think Dabster (9/2) is the bet here. Winner of his last 2 races and if he can carry his speed over the longer distance he’ll be hard to beat.

 

Female Horse Racing Trainers
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Top 3 Female National Hunt Horse Racing Trainers

With the National Hunt season starting let’s take a look at some of the best female horse racing trainers in the game today!

Jessica Harrington

Jessica Harrington is one of the top dual purpose leading Trainers in Ireland. Commonstown Stables is the home of Jessica Harrington who is one of Ireland’s most successful dual-purpose trainers. She has over 80 horses in training and some of them are absolute stars.

No one will ever forget the great Moscow Flyer, a horse of a lifetime. While the 2017 threesome of Cheltenham winners Sizing John, Supasundae & Rock The World will never be forgotten and how about Alpha Centauri exploits in the summer of 2018.

Harrington simply thrives over both codes, the last ten years has seen her firmly establish herself as one of the leading lights of dual-purpose trainers in the whole of Ireland. A Group 1 winner with Pathfork in the Vincent O’Brien National Stakes was an unforgettable occasion in the summer of 2010.

That’s not all, several successes at Group level on the Flat have followed, were to start with regarding the magnificent Alpha Centauri and now with a yard split almost in half between the jumps and on the flat, it’s exhilarating times all year round for the talented Jessica, her owners and the ever-present and dedicated staff.

When a horse called Sizing John arrived at Jessica’s yard Commonstown Stables, he was a two-miler chaser who had chased the mighty Willie Mullins trained once in a lifetime racehorse Douvan around Irish racetracks but to no avail. However, Jessica being Jessica and stable jockey Robert “Puppy” Power had other ideas for the potentially brilliant Sizing John. He was Jessica Harrington’s first ever runner in the Irish Gold Cup at Fairyhouse and following that in a Cheltenham Gold Cup, on both occasions, he flew home and duly collected the honours.

What a week that was in March 2017 with Supasundae and Rock The World also winning at the 2017 Festival for her. As a result, Jessica is now recognised as the winning most female trainer at
Cheltenham of all time. An incredible feat to say the least.

With three of the four most prestigious races of Cheltenham them being the Champion Chase, Gold Cup and Champion Hurdle all won by horses under her guidance, it’s proof that if the ability is present, Jessica will unlock this each and every time whether on the flat or over jumps.

All us here at UncleSamBets feel the Stayers Hurdle is just around the corner for the talented Jessica Harrington. She was quite unlucky in 2018 with Supasundae filling the runner-up spot from Penhill.

Let’s not forget in Ireland with Punchestown, Leopardstown, Galway and Fairyhouse always on the agenda, success is ever far. She has also enjoyed many other memorable days in National Hunt racing but notably, in recent years, her attentions to high-class Flat racing have also reaped remarkable success notably in the summer of 2018 with the powerful Alpha Centauri.

Venetia Williams

Where to start with regarding the resourceful and talented Venetia Williams. A model of consistency to say the least since becoming a Horse Racing trainer. Throughout the years, Venetia has maintained her lofty position as one of the top ten trainers in the UK, and even often regularly reaching the top five which is an astounding feat in itself.

She learnt her impressive skills understudying some of the best trainers throughout the globe, with experience in France, the United States of America and not least in Australia. Along with additional experience as an immense amateur jockey and riding in the great spectacle that is The Grand National, has resulted in her exceptional and utterly unique approach to the challenges of National Hunt training.

All those years ago, Venetia started from scratch with a mere six horses, within three years of this the mighty Venetia Williams was training the favourite for the Cheltenham Gold Cup, the highlight of the Cheltenham festival. Sadly, it wasn’t to be for the enigmatic and unknown quantity Teeton Mill.

Lest we forget the multiple Graded winners and truly rags to riches filly, Lady Rebecca. A mere four hundred pound purchase Lady Rebecca like her trainer reached sturdy heights. Lady Rebecca is a prime example of how Venetia Williams can get the best out of any horse if the potential is there.

Since the above days, Venetia’s career has flourished and gone from strength to strength. Venetia is renowned with the big Saturday winners during the core National Hunt season especially when the ground is as soft as soft can be.

Racing is a tough and an ultra-competitive industry and training racehorses is one of the most challenging profession out there, it requires skill, dedication and patience hence why Venetia Williams is so successful.

Being a successful horse racing trainer is an all-consuming occupation, to say the least, and Venetia is well known for her dire commitment to her horses, staff and owners. She regular works around the clock throughout the season and as a result, she’s in a deserving place in our list of top 3 female horse racing trainers.

Throughout her career, Venetia has won many accolades in the Horse Racing world but the highlight of the lot was in 2009. During this successful year, Mon Mome triumphed in The Grand National for Venetia. In doing so she became only the second woman in history to achieve such a feat.

 

Sophie Leech

Number three on our list is Sophie Leech and what a talented women she is. Horses have always been fundamental to Sophie’s life. In the saddle from a young age, and surrounding herself with all things equine as a kid growing up, it was only natural to complete a honours degree in Equine Science in 2001.

Having known here port of call for a long time, a career within the horse racing industry followed suit. Sophie first joined the commercial department at the evergreen Warwick racecourse. Here she met her future husband Christian and a match made in heaven commenced.

Sophie first began training on the Point to Point (P2P) circuit. Upon realising she had a natural flair for training horses, she then decided to commence training professionally under rules. At the start, Sophie operated a successful satellite yard for Milton Harris. She undertook this for two years before deciding to take out a license in her own name in the year of 2007.

This full licence was taken out with her husband Christian as Assistant. Christian’s background as a BHA handicapper is an immense asset and this gives Sophie and co the unique competitive edge in the placing of horses through a thorough understanding of the handicapping system. This is vital and essential in converting entries to eventual winners. There is no doubting Sophie is a master at this.

Sophie was initially based in Oxfordshire, England and early success followed with 10 winners from under 100 runners. An outstanding strike rate to say the least. In October of 2011, Sophie and co relocated to Tudor Racing Stables in Gloucestershire, England. This is a fabulous, central location from which to build on their success and they have never looked back.

Honourable Mentions

Rebecca Curtis

Uncle Sam doesn’t easily get excited with matters other than punting and winning you guys some money. However, Rebecca Curtis would get any man excited with her astounding training attributes and here devilish good looks. She’s by far the best looking female trainer out there but her eye for detail in the stables far surpasses her looks. A multiple grade one winner with plenty of Cheltenham festival winners, she really is a talented female trainer.

Lucinda Russell

She’s one of the UK’s most naturally-talented female trainers. Not only this she is amongst the very best National Hunt yard-bosses in the whole of the racing industry. To imagine Lucinda Russell doing anything else than training horses would be very hard to fathom.