WA jockeys Lucy Warwick and Jerry Noske are set to take on some of the best female riders in Australia when the Tasmanian Turf Club and Tasracing host the inaugural Australian Female Jockey Championship at Launceston on Wednesday.
The Australian Female Jockey Championship has attracted a star-studded line up from across the nation to compete for the title of champion rider and a winner’s purse of $5000.
The event will comprise of four races in which the riders will compete for points with the top point scorer after the four races to be declared the winner.
Warwick and Noske will compete against Raquel Clark (South Australia), Winona Costin (New South Wales), Rachael Murray (New South Wales), Hayley McCarthy (Tasmania), Siggy Carr (Tasmania), Teagan Voorham (Tasmania), Lucinda Doodt (Victoria), Jessica Eaton (Victoria), Bridget Grylls (Queensland), Alannah Fancourt (Queensland) and Felicia Bergstraand (Northern Territory).
Warwick, a champion apprentice with more than 300 WA winners in the saddle, realised a personal dream in January when she guided Material Man, trained by her father, Justin, to victory in the Perth Cup (2400m).
The 20-year-old jockey and her dad created history by becoming the first father and daughter combination to have tasted success in the Perth Cup.
Noske, who is in her fifth year of riding after commencing her apprenticeship in 2013, is closing in on nearly 250 winners, with seven at stakes level.
Her major successes include the Group 2 WA Guineas (1600m) aboard Man Booker and the Listed Kalgoorlie Cup (2300m) on her father Jeff’s trained galloper, Woodsville.