Women in Racing
Dianne Ayres was the first woman to train a feature race winner in Queensland with Dimitri in the 1976 Queensland Cup.
Debbie Newham was the first female trainer to finish in the top 10 metropolitan trainers when seventh in 1996/97 with 13 winners.
Three women have trained the winners Magic Millions Two-Year-Old Classic - Sally Rogers (Snippets, 1987), Gai Waterhouse (Dance Hero, 2004, Excellerator, 2001, Assertive Lad, 2000) and Gillian Heinrich (Military Rose, 2010).
FIRST WIN AGAINST MEN:
Kiwi jockey Linda Jones won the BTC Labour Day Cup on Pay The Purple on May 7, 1979, to become the first woman to win a race against men in Queensland and Australia.
FIRST LOCAL WIN AGAINST MEN:
Pam O'Neill, who had to ride without an allowance, rode a treble on her first day of riding against men at the Gold Coast on May 19, 1979. Her winners were Samoan Lady, Panahita and Gelastic. She rode another treble the following week.
WOMEN ONLY FEATURE RACES:
Pam O'Neill won a race for international women jockeys on Ropley Lad at Eagle Farm in 1974. A race for Australian woman riders at Eagle Farm in August 1973 was won by June Lossius on Some Attraction. Queensland's Cheryl Neal won a race for women riders at Moonee Valley in January 1979. She was the first woman to ride a winner on a Melbourne track.
FIRST GROUP ONE WIN BY A WOMAN:
Dianne Moseley became the first woman to ride a Group 1 winner in Queensland when Double You Em won the 1982 Doomben Cup.
FIRST TIME WOMEN RODE THE CARD:
The first time women rode the card in Queensland was at Wondai in March 1990 when Monica Ryan rode four winners, Jo Downes, Debbie Osborne and Jenny Cochrane one each.
The first time women rode the card in Queensland at a TAB meeting was on January 19, 2010. Alisha Taylor rode a treble, Carly-Mae Pye rode a double and Trinity Bannon and Shayla Evans rode one winner each.
WOMEN ONLY RACEDAY
Mount Isa Race Club held the first all ladies jockey raceday in Queensland on July 31, 1976. The winners were Pam O’Neill (Ocean Spray), Vera Turgeon (Ima Paddy, Sham) and Gail Lowe (Noble Light).
Jana Piper won the 2008/09 Sunshine Coast jockeys’ premiership.
Lacey Morrison was the first female rider to finish in Brisbane's top 10 jockeys’ premiership when sixth in 2002/03. Lacey Morrison rode a record for a female jockey of 37 winners for the metropolitan Brisbane season.
Mandy Radecker was the first female rider to win the Brisbane apprentice's premiership (most winners) in 2007/08.
Bernadette Cooper was the first female rider to be Dux of the Apprentices School in 1993.
Lacey Morrison was the first female to win the Downs and South West Champion Apprentice jockey award. She won the premiership twice in 2003 and 2004.
Bernadette Cooper was the first female to win the Sunshine Coast apprentices' title.
Maja Ravenstorf won the 1996 QTC Apprentices Cup on Parotto, the only woman rider to win the race.
Michelle and Julie Overell, who rode a total of about 400 winners on all tracks between them, are the only sisters to ride Brisbane metropolitan winners.
WOMEN JOCKEY FEATS
Bonnie Thomson rode four winners and a third from five rides at Jandowae on January 30, 2010. Her winners were Haldrow, Sofie Fatale, Laertes and Simple Stuff. The only other winner on the day was also ridden by a female, Charlene Bumstead, who rode Barramundi to win.
South Australia's Clare Lindop won the 2008 Magic Millions 2YO Classic on Augusta Proud.
Lacey Morrison won the Group 3 Wyndham Estate Stakes on Proudly Aggro and the 2005 Mackay Cup.
Bernadette Cooper won the 1998 Dane Ripper Stakes on Dynamic Love.
Trainer Carmel Richardson won the Toowoomba Cup three times with Odd Spot (1981-82) and Lord Woden (1985). She also won the 1985 Weetwood with Tod Minor.
The first woman listed as owning a Group 1 winner in Brisbane was Mrs C Ruwald who owned the 1914 Brisbane Cup winner Cajou.