Qatar Racing manager David Redvers has strongly refuted a claim by trainer John Berry that the principal reason female jockeys will "continue to be at a disadvantage" is that nearly all the best horses in Britain are owned by Muslims.

Berry was commenting in his blog on a column written by Steve Dennis in Thursday's Racing Post which suggested that, despite her obvious talent, it will be tough for champion apprentice Josephine Gordon - who has no ride at Saturday's fixtures - once she has lost her claim.

Berry wrote: "There is only one area in which female jockeys are going to be at a disadvantage . . . nearly all of the most talented horses in Britain are owned by Muslims.

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