Natalia Gemelova - Apprentice Jockey

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Natalia
Constant improvement is key for Ryedale-based jockey

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Natalia
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Earlier experience 1996 - 2001

Northgate Lodge Stables, U.K.
Trainer Lisette Olai-Olssen, Ovrevoll, Norway

Quote of the day
"And, turning for home, it's Kabeer with Natalia Gemelova looking like a brussel sprout on a Christmas dinner plate" - commentator John Hunt, doing his best to illustrate the contrasting sizes of the tiny rider and the 17-hand powerhouse
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Lifetime Statistics from Racingpost.co.uk
DATE RACE CONDITIONS RACE OUTCOME TRAINER RPR DIFF
  30Sep10 Nmk 6Sft C2Hc 9K 3/10 1¾L, Pretty Bonnie[16/1]8-7 A E Price 88 -1
  28Aug10 Red 6GF C52yMd 2K 1/14 ¾L, Robert The Painter[16/1]9-0 R A Fahey 79
  21Jul10 Lin 7St C5Hc 2K 1/13 nk, For Life[12/1]9-10 J E Long 82 3
  21Jul10 Lin 6St C5Hc 2K 3/11 1¾L, Cativo Cavallino[13/2]9-0 J E Long 65 -6
  17Jul10 Nmk 6GF C3Hc 8K 5/10 5L, Pretty Bonnie[20/1]9-5 A E Price 79 -12
  31Oct09 Kem 7St C6Hc 1K 3/11 1¼L, Cativo Cavallino[15/2]9-2 J E Long
   02Sep09 Kem 6St C6Hc 2K 1/12 hd, Cativo Cavallino[7/1]9-1 J E Long 71 10
  18Jul09 Lin 10St C6Sl 2K 4/11 4L, Felicia[20/1]8-11 J E Long 41 -10
  18Jul09 Lin 6Gd C6Hc 2K 2/16 1¼L, Cativo Cavallino[10/1]9-7 J E Long 68 0
   18Jul09 Nmk 6Gd C3Hc 9K 5/10 3½L, Pretty Bonnie[13/2]9-8 A E Price 87 -6
 

RACE VIDEO
 DATE
 RACE CONDITIONS
 RACE OUTCOME
 TRAINER
OR
TS
PM
FULL FIN 11Sep08 San 5Sft Cl4 3yHc(6K) 1/5 Pretty Bonnie[7/2] 8-9 A E Price 78 87 86
30Aug08 Bat 6Gd Cl4 3yHc(6K) 1/10 Pretty Bonnie[7/1] 8-2 A E Price 69 70 82
18Aug08 Lin 7St Cl4 4y+Hc(6K) 3/14 Cativo Cavallino[8/1] 8-7 J E Long 71 67 77
FULL FIN 14Aug08 Bev 5Sft Cl5 3y+Hc(2K) 2/9 Pretty Bonnie[3/1F] 9-3 A E Price 66 74 75
09Aug08 Lin 6Sft Cl5 3y+Hc(2K) 3/8 Cativo Cavallino[13/2] 9-5 J E Long 72 77 76
08Aug08 Lin 6St Cl6 3y+Hc(2K) 3/10 Bollin Franny[10/1] 8-8 J E Long 51 58 58
07Aug08 Bat 5GS Cl5 3y+Hc(3K) 1/10 Pretty Bonnie[12/1] 8-7 A E Price 60 47 71
FULL FIN 26Jul08 Nmk 7GF Cl2 3y+Hc(25K) 3/9 Oceana Blue[11/1] 7-7 t A M Balding 76 74 75
23Jul08 Lin 6St Cl5 3y+Hc(2K) 3/12 Bollin Franny[20/1] 8-2 J E Long 51 40 56
15Jul08 Grl 6St Cl4 3y+Hc(5K) 4/10 Cativo Cavallino[12/1] 8-11 J E Long 74 ­ 75
FULL FIN 05Jul08 Not 6Fm Cl6 3-4ySl(2K) 2/14 Flamestone[50/1] 8-11 A E Price 40 35 52
FULL FIN 04Jul08 War 6GF Cl5 3y+Hc(3K) 1/10 Pretty Bonnie[15/2] 8-0 A E Price 53 59 63
27Jun08 Don 6Gd Cl5 3yHc(3K) 2/10 Pretty Bonnie[8/1] 7-11 A E Price 51 44 55
FULL FIN 16Jun08 War 6GF Cl6 3yHc(2K) 2/13 Pretty Bonnie[25/1] 8-1 A E Price 50 59 58
FULL FIN 15May08 Sal 6Gd Cl5 3yHc(3K) 3/11 Infinite Patience[8/1] 7-13 J S Moore 61 28 59
14May08 Bat 6GF Cl6 3yCl(1K) 4/12 Blue Zenith[15/2] 8-9 J S Moore 69 42 49
12May08 Yar 6GF Cl4 4y+Hc(4K) 2/5 Cativo Cavallino[6/1] 8-9 J E Long 74 63 84
12Feb08 Sth 6St Cl3 4y+Hc(7K) 3/7 Kabeer[5/2] 8-8 t A J McCabe 89 80 80
05Feb08 Sth 6St Cl3 4y+Hc(7K) 2/9 Kabeer[9/1] 8-13 t A J McCabe 89 98 101
22Jan08 Sth 7St Cl2 4y+Hc(10K) 1/8 Kabeer[5/1] 8-1 t A J McCabe 85 80 96
19Jan08 Lin 8St Cl2 4y+Hc(9K) 2/8 Orchard Supreme[9/1] 8-13 R Hannon 100 54 106
27Nov07 Wol 6St Cl5 3y+Hc(2K) 3/13 Dasheena[14/1] 7-13 eb A J McCabe 56 ­ ­
FULL FIN 24Oct07 Kem 5St Cl6 2yMd(2K) 1/10 Blue Zenith[11/4] 7-13 J S Moore 68 51 65
17Oct07 Lin 6St Cl4 3y+Hc(4K) 1/10 For Life[100/30F] 8-6 J E Long 72 ­ ­
FULL FIN 11Oct07 Kem 6St Cl5 3y+Hc(2K) 1/11 Cativo Cavallino[7/1] 8-11 J E Long 71 ­ ­
25Sep07 Bri 6Gd Cl5 3y+Hc(3K) 1/12 For Life[7/2F] 9-0 J E Long 68 ­ ­
18Sep07 Yar 6Gd Cl5 3y+Md(3K) 1/8 Knead The Dough[33/1] 9-0 A E Price 44 64 68
10Sep07 Fol 6GF Cl7 3y+(2K) 2/14 Knead The Dough[20/1] 8-9 A E Price 44 ­ ­
02Sep07 Fol 6GF Cl5 3y+Hc(2K) 1/12 For Life[4/1F] 8-1 J E Long 60 72 76
18Aug07 Lin 6Gd Cl5 4y+Hc(2K) 1/11 Cativo Cavallino[11/2] 8-7 J E Long 61 58 ­
11Aug07 Lin 8GF Cl6 3y+Hc(2K) 2/18 For Life[12/1] 9-1 J E Long 58 63 63
30Jul07 Yar 7GF Cl5 3y+Hc(2K) 1/16 For Life[40/1] 8-4 J E Long 48 60 66
FULL FIN 23Jun07 Red 6Sft Cl5 3yHc(2K) 2/8 Aussie Blue[16/1] 7-11 b1 R M Whitaker 51 35 55

 2009

WINS

RUNS

%

2nd

3rd

4th

WIN PRIZE

TOTAL PRIZE

£1 STAKE

2yo 0 3 - 0 0 0 £0.00 £0.00 -3.00
3yo 0 6 - 0 0 0 £0.00 £0.00 -6.00
4yo+ 2 24 8 2 3 2 £7,875.60 £10,397.65 +5.00
AW 2 20 10 1 1 2 £7,875.60 £8,659.75 +9.00
TURF 0 13 - 1 2 0 £0.00 £1,737.90 -13.00

 2008

WINS

RUNS

%

2nd

3rd

4th

WIN PRIZE

TOTAL PRIZE

£1 STAKE

2yo 0 4   0 0 0 £0.00 £128.70 -4.00
3yo 4 23 17 3 2 2 £20,723.20 £28,145.49 +11.00
4yo+ 1 77 1 4 8 6 £10,525.12 £23,188.01 -71.00
TOTAL 5 104 5 7 10 8 £31,248.32 £51,462.20 -64.00

 2007

WINS

RUNS

%

2nd

3rd

4th

WIN PRIZE

TOTAL PRIZE

£1 STAKE

2yo 1 15 7 0 0 1 £2,047.50 £2,747.50 -11.25
3yo 0 31   1 6 0 £0.00 £4,252.21 -31.00
4yo+ 12 75 16 2 3 6 £34,551.17 £38,253.41 +84.83
TOTAL 13 121 11 3 9 7 £36,598.67 £45,253.12 +42.58

 2006

WINS

RUNS

%

2nd

3rd

4th

WIN PRIZE

TOTAL PRIZE

£1 STAKE

2yo 3 20 15 3 2 1 £12,306.30 £21,243.10 +6.00
3yo 0 20   0 1 2 £0.00 £1,010.60 -20.00
4yo+ 3 69 4 10 5 5 £11,334.75 £26,837.13 -31.00
TOTAL 6 109 6 13 8 8 £23,641.05 £49,090.83 -45.00

 2005

WINS

RUNS

%

2nd

3rd

4th

WIN PRIZE

TOTAL PRIZE

£1 STAKE

 2yo 1  20  3,698.50  3,698.50  +29.00 
 3yo 0  10     0.00  0.00  -10.00 
 4yo+ 1  21  3,556.15  4,856.85  -4.00 

 TOTAL 2  36  7,254.65  8,555.35  +15.00 

 2004

WINS

RUNS

%

2nd

3rd

4th

WIN PRIZE

TOTAL PRIZE

£1 STAKE

 2yo 0     0.00  0.00  -8.00 
 3yo 0  13     0.00  5,102.00  -13.00 
 4yo+ 10  75  13  35,305.00  41,514.20  +60.25 

 TOTAL 10  96  10  35,305.00  46,616.20  +39.25 

 2003

WINS

RUNS

%

2nd

3rd

4th

WIN PRIZE

TOTAL PRIZE

£1 STAKE

 2yo

14 

    

0.00 

706.75 

-14.00 

 3yo

41 

(7%)

10,170.00 

16,463.90 

+20.50 

 4yo+

35 

    

0.00 

3,557.10 

-35.00 


 TOTAL

90 

(3%)

11 

10,170.00 

20,727.75 

-28.50 

2002

WINS

RUNS

%

2nd

3rd

4th

WIN PRIZE

TOTAL PRIZE

£1 STAKE

2yo

0

4

0

0

0

0.00

0.00

-4.00

3yo

1

14

(7%)

2

1

0

3,653.00

6,393.00

+37.00

4yo+

1

44

(2%)

4

5

3

3,523.00

13,491.25

-36.50


TOTAL

2

62

(3%)

6

6

3

7,176.00

19,884.25

-3.50

 2001

WINS

RUNS

%

2nd

3rd

4th

WIN PRIZE

TOTAL PRIZE

£1 STAKE

 3yo

17 

    

0.00 

273.75 

-17.00 

 4yo+

17 

(5%)

3,122.00 

4,688.25 

-11.00 


 TOTAL

34 

(2%)

3,122.00 

4,962.00 

-28.00 

They wrote about me

Pretty Bonnie gives Price overdue win - Warwick

Published: 05/07/2008 by Will O'Hanlon

PRETTY BONNIE, runner-up on her last two starts, made it third time lucky when taking the 51/2f fillies' handicap under Natalia Gemelova to end a long losing run for herself and trainer Andrew Price.
This was a first win in over five months for 5lb claimer Gemelova, and a first of the year for trainer Price, who has nine horses in his care at his stables.
"It's been a struggle," said Price, "but there's not much you can do if you haven't got the horses."
Pretty Bonnie had been picked up cheaply at last autumn sales and, now that she has got off the mark, and in some style too, there should be another race or two to be won with her.
"I knew she'd take some beating at the weights," said Price. "She's by Kyllachy, whose horses usually need some cut, so I didn't think she'd handle it fast, but she's proved me wrong there."

Gemelova lucky to be alive after horror smash

Published: 09/04/2008 by Tom O'Ryan

NATALIA GEMELOVA was told by police yesterday that she was lucky to be alive after careering headlong into a crash barrier on the A1 at around 60mph.
The 5lb claimer miraculously escaped unhurt following the high-speed mayhem in which eight vehicles came off the road when their drivers lost control on an icy stretch near Pontefract just before 9am. The Ford Focus, in which Gemelova, 28, was travelling alone from her home in Malton to Lingfield for one ride, was a write-off.
Gemelova was unable to continue her journey, and her intended mount, Hessian, was partnered by Jamie Spencer when winning the Weatherbys Bank Fillies' Handicap.
The airbag in Gemelova's car was deployed in the crash, and after extricating herself from the wreckage, and being checked over by emergency services at the scene, she said: "A policeman told me I was lucky to be alive."
Gemelova added: "Eight cars came off the road at the same place. It was nice weather and then suddenly my car hit an icy patch at about 70mph and I lost control.
"It must have been going about 60mph when it went into the crash barrier and the front of the car broke off, but luckily I wasn't hurt. Some of the other cars hit each other, but nothing hit mine. "I'm okay and, to be honest, I was gutted not to be able to get to the races more than anything."
Her immediate priority now is to find replacement transport, and she was last night trying to make arrangements to ride out locally this morning, as she was unable to make the trip to Alan McCabe's Nottinghamshire stable as previously planned.
Gemelova added: "The main thing is that I missed a winner, and now I just need a new car as soon as possible. Hopefully I can ride some more winners soon."
South Yorkshire police later reported that there were no fatalities or serious injuries in the incident, which resulted in the A1 being shut for some time.

Kabeer and Gemelova's partnership continues to blossom - Southwell

Published: 23/1/2008 by Tom O'Ryan

PINT-SIZED Natalia Gemelova might look like the proverbial pea on a drum when she climbs aboard gentle giant Kabeer, but it's proving to be a partnership made in heaven and, for the third time this winter, the combination prevailed on the veteran gelding's favourite course.
With £16,250 in prize-money up for grabs in the Pontins-sponsored 7f handicap, this latest victory provided 5lb claimer Gemelova with her biggest career success.
"Natalia always gets a good tune out of him and the old horse loves her," said trainer Alan McCabe, after seeing Kabeer get home by a length and three-quarters from Evens And Odds.
He added: "It's lovely to have a ten-year-old in such nick. He loves it here, especially in these conditions. When frost is forecast, they put the discs in and harrow the course that bit deeper, which plays to the strengths of this horse because he's so big."

Apprentice ride of the week

Published: 18/12/2007 by Matt Williams

Natalia Gemelova Kabeer (Southwell) Alan McCabe's nine-year-old was entitled to strike winning form, as he was well handicapped on his best form, but Gemelova still had to give him the perfect ride from the front and she got the pace spot on, holding on from the strong late burst from Im Ova Ere Dad and the talented Tom Queally. The horse didn't help the apprentice by lugging both ways inside the final furlong, which makes the ride she gave him look even better.

The styled Caribbean evening was good for the girls - Kempton

Published: 26/10/2007 by Bruce Jackson

The styled Caribbean evening was good for the girls as Natalia Gemelova and Hayley Turner both rode winners.
Gemelova is enjoying a fine season, having ridden out her 7lb claim, and is getting just reward for travelling from her Yorkshire base to partner winners for southern connections.
The apprentice added trainer Stan Moore to her admirers with a fine front-running ride on Blue Zenith in the fillies' maiden auction with the trainer's other runner Ely Une flying home under Frankie Pickard for third.
Turner was successful on the James Given-trained Green Lagonda, who came with a run up inside rail to head Triskadekaphobia and hold the late rally of Minnow.

For Life keeps run going for poorly Long - Lingfield

Published: 18/10/2007 by Graham Dench

A HEART attack at the weekend kept local trainer John Long from Lingfield yesterday, where a rejuvenated For Life made it four wins from his last five starts with an all-the-way success in the concluding 6f handicap.
For Life was improving an already impressive strike-rate for the Caterham trainer, whose three runners in the last week have all won and who has now sent out ten winners from just 25 runners this year, all but one of them ridden by yesterday's apprentice rider Natalia Gemelova.
Asked the secret of the stable's success, Long put it down to "the different environment, individual attention, and letting horses do their own thing."
It is obviously a winning formula, for Monday's Windsor winner Efisio Princess was overcoming a five-month absence on just her second run of the season, while Cativo Cavallino has now won five handicaps from eight starts this year.

Fairley dazzles under lights with Shuffle - Kempton

Published: 13/10/2007 by Bruce Jackson

Cativo Cavallino was another bookie basher as he boosted the blossoming partnership between trainer John Long and apprentice Natalia Gemelova in the 6f handicap.
The unlikely team - with the apprentice travelling down from her Yorkshire base for the rides - hit it off with For Life through the summer and now Cativo Cavallino is continuing the good work.
Long said: "Natalia has been very loyal to me so I'm loyal to her. She gives them a thinking ride and was always in the perfect position."

Long gets third success out of rejuvenated Life - Brighton

Published: 26/09/2007 by Bruce Jackson

Published: 26/09/2007 (News) by FOR LIFE, who had looked condemned for the scrapheap as he plummeted down the ratings and around different stables, continued his rags to riches story with a third win for his new connections.
The five-year-old has found salvation in the hands of trainer John Long and apprentice Natalia Gemelova, and the way he held off his rivals in the 6f handicap suggests the storyline is far from finished.
The winning trainer said: "He's a bugger. He either doesn't want to gallop or he wants to go flat out. I had to run him again as he was getting a handful again."
Gemelova may be based up in Malton, but there was no hesitation in making the trip to maintain the winning combination and she is making it an overnight stop for a good reason. After riding work for the trainer in the morning, she hopes to ride her eighth winner for the yard this year, and her ninth in total, on Cativo Cavallino at Goodwood, having already won four on the four-year-old.

Natalia Gemelova's victory on Knead The Dough in the 6f maiden - Yarmouth

Published: 19/09/2007 by Tony Elves

Natalia Gemelova had caused a shock at this venue in July when making all on 40-1 shot For Life, but even her most ardent admirer would have been surprised by her victory on Knead The Dough in the 6f maiden.
The 33-1 shot, rated only 44 and having his 35th race, was soon in the heat of battle and put some much better-bred rivals in their places, as he galloped on strongly in the final two furlongs to score by two and a half lengths from Prince Of Delphi.
Trainer Andrew Price said: "Persistence pays off and he had run well the five times he has been here. I didn't expect to win but it was a typical maiden at this time of the year."

Bertolini gelding rattled up a hat-trick - Lingfield

Published: 20/08/2007 by Gavin Beech

John Long isn't a household name, but the Woldingham trainer has done a terrific job with Cativo Cavallino, who won his first race on turf when devouring the rain-softened ground to land the 6f handicap by five lengths.
The Bertolini gelding rattled up a hat-trick on Lingfield's Polytack earlier in the year, all under Natalia Gemelova, who has now ridden 11 winners for Long, and the four-year-old proved he was equally talented on turf.
Long said: "He just got taken off his feet a bit on the fast ground last time but he's much better suited by this sort of ground. I've got to say Natalia Gemelova has been excellent on him - she's a really good kid and has developed a really good relationship with this horse."

Gemelova and Cavallino make it three - Lingfield

Published: 22/04/2007 by Graham Dench

NATALIA GEMELOVA and Cativo Cavallino are proving a formidable combination on the all-weather this year, and the pair teamed up to complete a hat-trick in the 7f handicap on the opening meeting of Lingfield's extensive evening season.
John Long deserves plenty of credit for finding the key to Cativo Cavallino, who had lost his way when he inherited him from his stepson Jamie Poulton, but he was keen to give the lion's share to the four-year-old's rider.
Long said: "Nat's a good girl and she doesn't get the opportunities she deserves. She rides out every day for Tim Easterby and has learned a lot there. She uses her brain and she's not often wrong."
He added: "Cativo Cavallino is the most miserable horse in the stable and he'd kill you if he could, but you can put up with that when they do as well as he is. He'd been running over much longer trips when he came to me and his blood was wrong, but he's going from strength to strength now."

McCabe good run continues with Jord

Published: 15/11/2006 by Tom O'Ryan

ALAN McCABE, making a good fist of his first training venture, was on the mark in his own backyard when Jord opened her winning account in the 6f nursery, carrying the colours of McCabe's landlord Paul Dixon.
The filly, well handled by Natalia Gemelova, won by a length and a quarter and may now turn out under a penalty at Wolverhampton on Saturday night.
"That's two winners and a second from three runners on this course, where we bring the horses to work occasionally," said Retford-based McCabe, who took out a licence less than four months ago. "Things are going well. That's four winners we've had, and three individual two-year-old winners. I've been blessed with some good staff, and we've got a nice all weather team together. I was pleased Natalia won on this filly because she rides work for me, works hard and is good value for her 5lb claim."

Carlisle: Gemelova relishes the right to claim again with first winner for five months aboard 33-1 chance

Published: 02/09/2005 Reporter: Gordon Brown

NATALIA GEMELOVA became the first rider to take full advantage of her right to an allowance again when taking the opening nursery on 33-1 chance Dasheena.
From yesterday, jockeys who failed to ride out their claims are entitled to a weight reduction proportionate to the number of winners they have ridden until reaching a career total of 95.
Gemelova, who received a one-day careless riding ban (September 12), said: "I lost my claim after my 25th birthday in March and this is just my second winner of the season - my first came at Wolverhampton on the first day of the turf season.
"It will make a difference having a 5lb claim again and I'm hoping to pick up a lot more rides now. I'm attached to John Long's yard but I also ride out for Noel Wilson." Dasheena's trainer Mark Polglase was himself ending a lean spell, and he said: "Since moving to our new yard it's taken time to gauge how much work to put in on the gallops and our runners have been a little bit undercooked, to be honest. Dasheena has quite a high knee action and we were seriously considering withdrawing her today, so I'm delighted we took a chance.
"She has taken time to come to hand, but she's strengthening well and should continue to improve."
David Allan, Gemelova's boyfriend for the last five years, rode a double on Tim Easterby's Making Music and Attacca. He said: "There's always a bit of friendly rivalry between us and she won't be too pleased I've had a double on the day she's ridden a winner. I think it's the first time we've been on the mark on the same card but at least I've got the main bragging rights!"

day at a glance
Star performance Natalia Gemelova for riding her first winner in five months on the first day she was able to draw an allowance again.

Quote of the day
"He always has to go one better!" - Gemelova again, referring to boyfriend David Allan after he rode a double.

Attitudes are changing this season - the success of Lisa and Hayley has opened it up for us girls

Published: 07/10/2004 (Sport) DAVID MORGAN

The riders we turn the spotlight on here - Danny Tudhope, Duran Fentiman, Steve Donohoe, Mark Lawson and Natalia Gemelova - comprise a quintet of rookies only just beginning to make a name for themselves.
Whether they will make it is anybody's guess, but they are certainly going the right way at the moment.
Although getting to the top will not be easy for any of them, Gemelova, who started relatively late in life, is aware that she also has to overcome potential prejudice against female riders in Britain, where none of her sex has ever come anywhere near reaching the upper reaches of the profession.
Indeed, at Goodwood in July, Lisa Jones became only the third female to ride out her claim in Britain after Emma O'Gorman and Alex Greaves.
Gemelova is hoping things are getting better for women riders. 'I think that this season attitudes are changing,' she says. 'The success of Lisa and Hayley has definitely opened things up a bit for us girls.
'Lately I've been going south, where the girls have been doing well thanks to trainers giving them better horses to ride, but it's not as easy for female riders in the north.
'In other countries, girls are given a lot more opportunities because it isn't so much of an issue as it is here.'
While our striving-to-be-famous five still have a long way to go to realise their ambitions, there is a multitude of would-be jockeys who have yet to reach even their level.
For them, too, there may still be hope. It took a certain Pat Eddery 71 rides and 390 days to register his first winner - but he didn't do too badly after that.

Natalia Gemelova

Age 24
Employer Ian McInnes
First ride in Britain Oly's Gill, Nottingham, April 23, 2001
First winner in Britain Mamma's Boy, Musselburgh, May 21, 2001
Number of winners this year 10 from 119 rides
Winners in the last three years 2, 3, 10
How did you get into racing? I started riding during the summer holidays in Norway. I was born in Bratislava, but moved to Norway with my mother when I was 11. I rode my first season there and then came over here to gain more experience. I only came for one winter, but Alan Berry asked me to stay and I've been in England for over three and a half years now.
Biggest influence:
My boyfriend David Allan - he's a big help. He gives me advice and encouragement and tells me what is right and wrong with my riding.
Most memorable moment:
Winning three races in one week earlier this season was something special. It's hard to explain how that felt. It was great because that is what I'm working for every day.
Main ambition:
To be the best that I can be, and do as well as I can every day. I want to keep improving so that I can be the best.
Where do you see yourself five years from now? Like everyone else, I want to be one of the best jockeys riding. This is my last season as an apprentice, so things might be tough in the future.
Do you think enough is done to encourage apprentices? No. Owners pay the same money for an apprentice to ride as they do for a top jockey, so if they were able to pay less for apprentices then maybe it would be easier for us to get rides. I also think there should be a longer time allowed for claiming. I didn't have my first ride until I was 20 because I did my A-levels. From the age of 16 until 25 is nine years, but I have been able to ride only for four years as an apprentice because I started late. Maybe apprentices should be given nine years from the time they start riding, irrespective of their age.
Best thing about being an apprentice:
Every day is different so it's always interesting. It's good fun, and I'm getting paid to do what I enjoy. It's better than being stuck in a office, and it gives me the opportunity to achieve something.
And the worst:
I don't know. I love my job, so it's hard to pick out something negative. The long hours away from home are a downside, but that's just part of the job.
What they say:
Ian McInnes: 'Natalia joined me around Christmas last year. She's riding very well - it 's just a shame that the success she's enjoyed of late didn't come earlier because she's 24 now. She's as good as any female rider out there, but, unlike Lisa Jones and Hayley Turner who get better horses to ride, she hasn't had the same level of success.
'The good thing about her is that she's very hard-working and will go anywhere for a ride. She could be at Lingfield one day and Ayr the next.'

Gemelova makes big splash

Published: 25/08/2004 The Sun by Claude Duval

YORKSHIRE trainer Ian McInnes headed south to Brighton to avoid waterlogged gallops at home.
But the 34-year-old was nearly washed away at the rainlashed Sussex track.
There was a glimmer of joy among the storms for McInnes as his Molotov was a 14-1 winner under Natalia Gemelova. McInnes, who served his time with Jenny Pitman, said: "I came south to escape the rain and now we've all been drenched. I brought down six horses and it took eight hours in two horseboxes on Monday. "Molotov is my seventh winner of the season and despite the travelling and rain it was all worthwhile."
Molotov was gorgeous Gemelova's fourth win for McInnes since she joined him at Christmas.
He said: "She is as good as any girl jockey when the horses are good enough."

Musselburgh: Society leads the way as in-form Dods chalks up another double

Published: 22/06/2004 (Yesterday's Action) Colin Russell

TRAINER Michael Dods is flying at present and he landed his second double in three days by sending out Society Music to win the juvenile novice event and Petana to land the five-furlong fillies' handicap.
It might have been an even better day for him too, as Son Of Thunder looked unlucky in the mile handicap, the three-year-old finishing second after being repeatedly denied a clear run in the last furlong and a half.
"The horses are running well and it would have been nice to have had a hat-trick," said Dods after the 20-1 chance Petana had broken her duck at the 20th attempt.
"This filly is a bit quirky, but she goes well for Natalia Gemelova, who gave her a great ride."
Society Music, who cost pounds 16,000 as a yearling, made it two wins from three starts when she made all the running to take the seven-furlong juvenile novice event. Given a fine ride by Fergal Lynch, who dictated a modest gallop, she ran on in good style to beat the well-backed Forfeiter by a length.
"Ideally she needs a mile and easier ground. However, when I saw this race, I thought she had to run and I told Fergal to make plenty of use of her," said Dods, who has ten juveniles in his string.

Malton girl lifts Teletext Racing Hands and Heels Trophy

Published: 18/09/2003 PR for Teletext Racing - Endre Johansen

Talented Consett-based jockey Natalia Gemelova won the eleventh race in the prestigious Teletext Racing Hands And Heels Apprentice Series at Great Yarmouth Racecourse on Wednesday.
Natalia, 23, produced an outstanding performance aboard her mount H Harrison to gain her third win of the year.

Natalia, who grew up in Czechoslovakia and started her racing career in Norway, now rides for Wilf Storey's yard based in Muggleswick, Consett. She gave a very strong ride in Wednesday's race and led from halfway in a highly impressive manner.
Shaun Darby, racing journalist for Teletext who presented the winner's trophy, said: "Natalia put in a very accomplished performance. It was a competitive race but she gave the horse a strong ride and won a well-deserved victory. We all wish her the best of luck for the final race on 22 October in Nottingham, where the overall series winner will pick up the coveted overall prize of an overseas working holiday."


Published: 01/08/2003 (Yesterday's Action) Colin Russell

The Wizard Mul was another long-priced scorer, the three-year-old, who started at 20-1, landing the seven-furlong handicap in the hands of Natalia Gemelova.
The winner has proved quite a bargain, as his trainer Wilf Storey bought him for just 500gns as a yearling and this was his second win.
"He disappointed on fast ground last time and afterwards Natalia was adamant that he wanted some give in the ground," said the winning trainer.

Hamilton: Gemelova adds to tally aboard Lancer

Published: 03/07/2002 (Yesterday's Action) Colin Russell

NATALIA GEMELOVA, 22, rode the sixth winner of her career when partnering the evergreen Lancer to win the apprentices' handicap, the ten-year-old mud-lover scoring by four lengths from River Of Fire to gain his 11th success of a 77-race career.
Now based with Nigel Tinkler, having initially been with Alan Berry, Gemelova was born in Czechoslovakia but moved to Norway when she was 11 and has ridden four winners in Scandinavia. She rode her first winner in Britain at Musselburgh last summer, and has had about 30 rides in total.
Lancer, who won three times in 2001, but was opening his account for the current year, was a first winner on the course for his trainer Lydia Pearce.

Berry jockey given apprentice award

Published: 12/06/2001 (News)

NATALIA GEMELOVA, the Czech-born rider based with Alan Berry, has won the Cocked Hat Apprentice of the Month award for May.
The 21-year-old, who rode her first winner in Britain last month when scoring on Mamma's Boy at Musselburgh, is currently sidelined after a suffering a fall at Haydock on Friday evening.

Natalia Gemelova

Published: 11/06/2001 (News)

NATALIA GEMELOVA, who suffered a nasty fall at Haydock on Friday night, has been stood down for the mandatory three weeks.
The 21-year-old Czech-born apprentice received a blow on the head when her mount, Oly's Gill, collided with another horse after finishing unplaced in the classified stakes.
Gemelova is based with Oly's Gill's trainer, Alan Berry, who said yesterday: "Natalia was discharged from hospital on Saturday morning and was back at Haydock in the afternoon helping me saddle horses.
"At first they thought she was concussed, but she wasn't and is fine now."

Haydock: Gemelova in spill as General triumphs

Published: 10/06/2001 (Yesterday's Action) Graham Cunningham

CZECH-born apprentice Natalia Gemelova had a nasty experience which led to her being taken to hospital when Oly's Gill collided with another horse after the finish of the classified stakes, writes Graham Cunningham.
The youngster, who rides for Alan Berry and notched her first winner in Britain on Mamma's Boy at Musselburgh last month, was sent crashing to the ground along with Alan Daly, who was aboard Sir Effendi.
Daly was unhurt and, although Gemelova was unconscious when she left the track, she was later discharged from hospital in Warrington.
The race was won by Paul Cole's Inspector General, who responded to Ian Mongan's urgings to beat Kathology.

Musselburgh: Gemelova opens her account with Boy

Published: 22/05/2001 (Yesterday's Action) Tom O'Ryan

DAVID ALLAN'S loss was Natalia Gemelova's gain in the seven-furlong handicap when course specialist Mamma's Boy provided the Czech-born apprentice with her first winner in Britain, writes Tom O'Ryan.
The 21-year-old Gemelova, who joined winning trainer Alan Berry in January, only came in for the ride on Mamma's Boy after Allan was involved in a car accident en route to the track, cutting his head in the process.
Gemelova, who rode four winners in Norway, was delighted to open her account on British soil.
After guiding her mount to a stylish three-quarter-of- a-length success over Ron's Pet, she said: "It's fantastic to ride a winner over here. I have no regrets at all about coming.
"Racing is much more professional and much bigger than in Norway, and I'm enjoying it."
Jack Berry, representing his son, was full of praise for the winning rider, who goes to scale at 7st 3lb.
"It's a pity that David missed the ride, but Natalia rode a nice race and kept cool under pressure," he said.

Norwegian girl's British debut

Published: 23/04/2001 (Sport)

NORWEGIAN jockey Natalia Gemelova has her first ride on British soil today courtesy of her new boss, Alan Berry.
The 21-year-old apprentice, who has ridden winners in Norway, gets the leg up on Oly's Gill in the five-furlong St George's Day Conditions Stakes at Nottingham. She came to Britain in January for a three-month break but, after riding out regularly for the Lancashire trainer, decided to make the move more permanent.
A stable spokesman said yesterday: "Natalia is very small and, with her 7lb claim, can ride at 7st 4lb. She's looking forward to her first ride over here."


Natalia Gemelova

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