Jockey Josephine Gordon
Josephine Gordon is British female jockey who’s rise up the ranks in a male dominated support means she is worthy of inclusion.
She started her career in 2012 but only got two rides and that was only bettered by a further 22 rides the following year in which she recorded her first and only winner that season. She didn’t record a single success in 2014 from 38 rides and the picture at the time did not look rosy.
However, she started to take her chances in 2015, helped by the fact she got more rides to demonstrate what she knew she was capable of, and managed 16 wins from 165 rides.
Her breakthrough season came last year where she became only the third female jockey to win the Apprentice jockey championships, following Hayley Turner and Amy Ryan in the process.
87 wins in a season by most jockey standards is considered a good year but for an apprentice to reach such a target is commendable when you consider what had gone on before in terms of her past performances.
At the age of 24 the picture looks healthier than it once did and she has now been given the opportunity to ride better horses for more establish yards, such as Godolphin, Sir Michael Stoute and Hugo Palmer, the latter has supplied her with 169 rides so far.
Her main support has come from J Moore with 175 rides and P S McEntee not far behind providing her with 160 rides.
She is currently on target to beat her best tally of 87 wins if she can avoid injury or suspension and will need the current support she gets until the end of the season.
An ambition that is likely to be on her mind is to win a group one race but that may take time to get on the right type of horses, that said, she has ridden in two group one races already and has managed to win three pattern races, a group three event and two listed races.
Here are some worthwhile stats for betting purposes.
Please note records are based on a level staking plan to one Euro or Sterling per bet at SP (Industry prices).
Race Type: Handicap
Trainer: R Fell
Bets: 99 Wins:15 Win Strike Rate: 31% P/L +15.01
Race Type: Handicap
Trainer: P S McEntee
Bets: 137 Wins:16 Win Strike Rate: 12% P/L +12.38