This weekend saw twenty-three-year-old Josephine Gordon crowned as the 2016 Stobart Champion Apprentice Jockey at QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot Racecourse.
Josephine, who’s based in Lambourn, Berkshire, has ridden a total of 50 winners across the 2016 British flat racing season, which runs from Saturday 30 April to Saturday 15 October 2016 to make her the third female jockey to win this title. Last year’s champion apprentice Tom Marquand finished in second with 45 winners and Adam McNamara in third on 39.
“Josephine is a remarkably gifted and strong jockey. Myself and my owners have been delighted to support her this year and we will continue to do so and I would expect to see her progress from here and to feature amongst the leading jockey rankings in the future,” said Trainer, Hugo Palmer.
Across 2016 to date Josephine has tallied a total of 68 winners, having ridden for over a 100 trainers, making her one of the most in demand jockeys on the circuit. As well as being apprentice jockey to Stan Moore, she has received the patronage from renowned trainers including former champion flat trainer Sir Michael Stoute, classic winning trainer Hugo Palmer and three times champion jockey now trainer Richard Hughes.
Josephine was presented with a cheque for £5,000 and the newly commissioned Tom O’Ryan Champion Apprentice trophy.