Gay rode her first winner on the flat for Clive Brittain at the tender age of 17 and then finished second in the ladies Amateur Championship, she then won it at 18! After that she turned professional and became Champion Professional Lady Rider three years in a row. Gay was the first woman to ride in a Gold Cup at Ascot on Pretty Picture and the first woman to ride a winner at Royal Ascot when her horse Sprowston Boy won. In total, Gay rode some 60 winners, no mean feat in a country where racing is 95% male orientated. After retiring from race riding she spent a year working in Media which stood her in good stead to start training. She moved back to Newmarket in 1991 and brought a horse called Aberfoyle for 3000 guineas. After four wins, she was hooked! Gay started out by renting a few boxes from Bob Champion but then moved to the state of the art, Whitcombe Manor where she felt it would be the difference between a local B & B and The Hilton.
Gay is now back in Newmarket after a period training both in Dubai and in Lingfield. Her yard is extremely well organised. Gay has to work long hours but still tries to find time for her many friends and is always a very popular party guest.
Gay’s owners know that their horses are always given individual care and attention and that if the horse has ability she will do her very best to get them to show their true potential. Owners will have full choice of jockeys and we always use the best jockeys available on the day. Very often owners will bring horses to Gay where they may not have sparkled with other trainers, and nothing gives her more satisfaction than seeing the horse win, and the faces of the owners when their pride and joy is led into the Winners Enclosure!