I have unashamedly stretched the definition of ‘Horsewomen of Ireland’ with the excuse that Louisa Carberry is married to Irishman and champion jockey Philip Carberry. It’s not because I want to feature her under her husband’s banner, but because she is worth stretching the rules for. Few people have achieved so much in jumps racing as her and she has only been in the business of National Hunt for seven years.
She has already trained one of the greatest French horses in living memory, Docteur De Ballon, who this summer won a second Grand Steeple Chase de Paris to add to his victory in the Prix de la Haye Jousselin (think two Gold Cups and a King George). Carberry was the first foreign female trainer to win the ‘Grand Steeple’ and Docteur De Ballon became only the 10th double winner of the €820,000 French Gold Cup.