The woman who won racing equality in 1970

Florence Nagle was ready to begin her fourth season as a licensed horse trainer. It marked four years since the 76-year-old animal lover dared to challenge the authority of the Jockey Club and struck another blow in the battle for equal rights.

Friday, 22nd March 2019, 5:04 pm
Updated Friday, 22nd March 2019, 5:06 pm
Florence Nagle with her four-year-old West Partisan who won the Tote Investors Cup the previous season.

Against all advice, she took the all-male club to the High Court for their refusal to grant her a licence – and defeated them. But what she regretted was that it was necessary for her to fight at all. 

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‘I did it out of the best interest for racing,’ says Mrs Nagle. ‘It was silly of them to force me to fight. I believe in a benevolent autocracy ruling the sport.’ 

At her Westerlands stud near Petworth, Mrs Nagle trained the 15 horses she owned and pride of place was four-year-old West Partisan.