Despite women jockeys rising through the horse racing ranks in recent years, females in this industry still only make up 11% of professional riders. Some of these women however have proven themselves to be just as good as, if not even better, than their male counterparts.
Let’s have a closer look at some of the world’s best women horse racing jockeys:
Hayley Turner has accrued over 860 winning rides to date in competitions throughout the United Kingdom, United States, Germany, France, and Ireland. These winnings have amassed her almost £8,000,000 in prize money, making her the most successful female horse racing jockey ever.
She is also credited as the first woman to win a British Group 1 on the Flat while back in 2008 she reached the incredible achievement of 100 wins in a single season.
Irish rider Nina Carberry has more than 400 horse racing wins, netting a total prize winnings of over €5,000,000. She has the top female National Hunt rider with more wins than any other woman in history.
Nina Carberry retried from professional horse racing in 2018.
With over 300 horse racing wins, and a winning total that sits more than €6,000,000, Rachael Blackmore is another successful female horse jockey from Ireland. She is one of the most successful female jockeys on the jumps as well as the National Hunt.
She also holds three Cheltenham Festival victories and with a career that is still going strong, there are bound to be more on the horizon.
With over 400 wins and prize earnings of more than £4,500,000, the English Hollie Doyle had a ground-breaking Flat season in 2020 and subsequently placed third in the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award.
She has achieved success internationally at top races in France and Hong Kong and became the first woman to land a Group 1 during the QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot. We look forward to seeing more from Doyle in future races!
English horse racing jockey Bryony Frost was the first ever British women to win a Cheltenham Festival Grade 1. During her career Frost also won the 2019 Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham and established a record of 175 wins for a female British jumps jockey.
She isn’t quite finished yet though and is sure to mass up more titles and add to her £2,700,000 worth of winnings in the future.
With over 300 career wins and more than £3,500,000 in prize earnings – which is what you can win if you play the Bingo Australia offers, Josephine Gordon is one of three English woman horse racing jockeys to achieve more than 100 wins in a season.
While this star seemed to peak back in 2016 and 2017, she is still considered one of the world’s best active female horse racing riders.
Katie Walsh is best known for her third-place finish in the 2012 Aintree Grand Nationals. It is an achievement that no woman has been able to better to date.
In 2015, Walsh also became the third female rider to win the Irish Grand National. Her achievements also include winning three Cheltenham Festival races.