Josephine Gordon became only the third female jockey, after Hayley Turner and Amy Ryan, to be crowned champion apprentice in 2016.
She accumulated 87 winners that year, 50 of them in the championship. It was reward for her hard work, skill and perseverance – not least after her exploits between 2012 and 2014 led to her having one winner from 66 rides.
In December of that year, Gordon was honoured twice at the annual Lester Awards, receiving the awards for Apprentice of the Year and Lady Jockey of the Year.
She began her association with horses at her mother’s livery stable.
In 2017, Gordon rode 106 winners, included in Group races for Hugo Palmer, but that figure dipped to 56 in 2018 and then 38 in 2019.
Like plenty of freelance jockeys because of the pandemic, she had fewer rides in 2020 and had to content herself with 28 winners.
The only female riders to have won Champions Series have been Hayley Turner and Hollie Doyle.