Lucy is riding high
FEMALE JOCKEYS MAKING THEIR MARK
IN a stunning magenta gown, trackside at Ascot, jockey Lucy Warwick shines bright.
It’s a big change for the down-toearth Harvey girl, who feels more comfortable in her racing silks than in a designer get-up, but still she takes to the photo shoot with ease.
The 18-year-old, whose love for horses began early in life, is following in her family’s footsteps and taking it all in her stride.
During the race that stopped the nation, when Michelle Payne become the first female jockey to take out the Melbourne Cup, Warwick was beating the boys at their own game too, taking out two races at Ascot on the same day.
She took up the sport professionally about two years ago and has clocked up 196 wins, is a Perth Racing ambassador and the face of the Kingston Town Classic and could not imagine doing anything else.
Warwick said she came from a racing family.
“My whole family have been in racing their entire life,” she said.
“Both my grandad and his dad trained trotters.
“My dad was also a leading harness driver and trainer and won many races.
“My mum was a world-class show jumper at one stage and mum and dad now train racehorses.
“I really had no choice but to grow up in racing.”
And with Michelle Payne hype at fever pitch, Warwick said she could not be happier for the 30-year-old who won this year’s Melbourne Cup, the first woman to ever do so.
She added that she had never encountered sexism in the sport and that it was good to see many girls taking up the sport these days.
“I’ve been pretty lucky through my career, I’ve never had any sexist comments,” she said.
“I’ve also never lost a ride due to me being a girl but I’ve only been riding for two years.
“Michelle’s come from a different era and she has done it hard, she’s gone through all of that and she has made her mark.
“It’s great to see her succeeding and finally live out her dream.”
Warwick also had this advice for young girls looking to take up the sport.
“Just go for it,” she said, adding that if girls wanted to compete against the boys in what is often thought of as a male-dominated sport they needed to be ‘one of the boys.’
“It is sort of intimidating when you start out, but if you want to be a jockey and you want to do it, you’ve just got to go hard for it.”
Jockey Lucy Warwick with Koi Mac at Ascot. d446295c
Racing in her blood: Jockey Lucy Warwick.