2016 Champion Apprentice Josephine Gordon has fast developed into one of the most reliable jockeys in the game. Despite 18 months between her first and second success, when it came in June 2015, it was the start of a purple patch. Her 2016 campaign yielded more than 70 winners, including 50 in the Apprentice Championship and secured major rides with Sir Michael Stoute and Hugo Palmer, with whom she would partner up in 2017.
At the Lester Awards in 2016, Gordon won the Lady Jockey of the Year as well as the Apprentice of the Year. The following year, further success followed with a Victoria Cup win on Fastnet Tempest and backed that up with Group 3 glory in the Chipchase Stakes at Newcastle on Koropick. A second soon followed at Newmarket with victory for Apphia in the Princess Royal Stakes in September.
In November 2017, she became the second female rider to win 100 races in the calendar, following Hayley Turner who achieved the feat in 2008. Gordon would finish 24th in the Jockeys Championship, her highest ever finish to date.
Since then, her partnership with Hugo Palmer has ended but Gordon continues to ride winners for a number of trainers.