Napravnik raring to go
Rosie Napravnik is hoping to make the most of a flying visit to Britain as she captains the Girls Team in the Shergar Cup at Ascot.
The 25-year-old is riding high in America finishing eighth in the jockeys' earnings lists last year and clearly the best lady in action Stateside at the
She capped a list of already admirable achievements during what was a stellar 2012, encompassing a Breeders' Cup Juvenile win on Shanghai Bobby and Kentucky Oaks success on Believe You Can.
Although Shanghai Bobby's Classic aspirations fell by the wayside in the early part of the year, it is testament to Napravnik's standing that she was snapped up by Thomas Amoss to ride Mylute in the Triple Crown races and become the first lady to take in all three Classics in one season.
Napravnik now faces a different challenge at Ascot, leading a side that includes New Zealand champion Lisa Allpress and one-time Irish champion apprentice Cathy Gannon against the likes of Gary Stevens and Kieren Fallon.
"I've just met my teammates but they seem like nice girls and while I don't know too much about them, I know they're dominating in their countries and hopefully we can make a really great team and go for the win," she said.
"It's very exciting to be here and I'm looking forward to actually seeing and experiencing the track.
"It's my first time in Britain but I've seen European racing on TV and I watched horses like Frankel and Black Caviar so I have seen the racing here.
"I've not been able to put in the kind of preparation that I do for races at home so I've got a bit of studying to do yet. I'll walk the track before racing and have a good look."
Napravnik is on her first British trip but she would love to make a return journey at some point in the future, with a Royal Ascot mount a box the rider would like to tick off on her CV.
"It's an honour to be invited here and be involved in the competition and ride at the track," she said.
"I would like to come back and ride again. When American horses run at Royal Ascot, they're definitely top quality and that is what it's all about.
"Now that I'm here, I'm getting pumped for the racing on Saturday."
Should Napravnik and her team manage to fend off the other challengers and claim the title, the rider will not have too much time to savour the celebrations as her services are in demand closer to home.
She said: "I fly home straight after the races on Saturday and I'm riding at Saratoga on Sunday. It's a gruelling travel schedule but I'm excited to be here."