Josephine Gordon: riding for the first time at Carlisle’s fixture
PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
By Tony McFadden 8:15AM 1 AUG 2016
SHERGAR CUP allies Hayley Turner and Josephine Gordon will do battle at Carlisle on Monday night when they star at the world’s only race fixture restricted to female riders.
Turner has ridden at the meeting, which has been for female jockeys only since 2011, for the past two years but rising star Gordon is making her debut on the card and is thrilled to be taking part in the event.
“It’s my first time riding at the meeting and it’s a great concept,” Gordon said. “It encourages female jockeys and gives us all a good chance of a winner – it’s brilliant.
“It’s going to be a fun experience and a good laugh. I think the atmosphere will be fantastic and I’m looking forward to meeting a few riders who I haven’t had the chance to meet yet.”
Any jockey who rides a winner at Carlisle on Monday will be eligible for a £20,000 development award should they go on to ride the winner of the new Betfred Ladies’ Trophy Handicap at Haydock on Saturday. Also worth £20,000, it is the most valuable female riders’ race to be staged in Britain.
‘Can’t wait for Ascot’
Gordon’s involvement in Saturday’s Shergar Cup precludes her from winning the valuable development fund but the rider is not dwelling on the unfortunate clash of meetings and is instead looking forward to riding at the world-famous team event.
“I would definitely rather be riding at the Shergar Cup,” Gordon said. “It’s really exciting to be riding at such a big meeting and I can’t wait.”
Turner and Gordon, along with team captain Emma-Jayne Wilson, will be tasked at Ascot on Saturday with defending the Shergar Cup crown the girls’ team won last season.
Gordon has enjoyed a stellar year and has ridden 46 winners in 2016. Her 28 winners during the championship period places her at the top of the apprentice jockey standings, one clear of Tom Marquand.