Victoria Smith was formerly known as Vince Smith and was a successful jockey, winning 250 races
A transgender jockey has set her sights on winning a race as a woman after her previous success as a man.
Victoria Smith, who now lives in Newmarket, Suffolk, said she had spent her 50 years as a man hiding her desire to be female.
The jockey was terrified that people in the horse racing world would sideline and ignore her if they knew how she really felt.iPhone transfer software
As Vince Smith, she was renowned as a successful jockey and also had a reputation as a bit of a womaniser.
She said that it helped to hide her true feelings, with people seeing her as 'one of the lads'.
However, she also revealed that she was jealous of the women she had relationships with.
'I had a reputation for chasing women with the rowdy lads. I was very fortunate, I went out with some stunning girls.
'I was in love with them but also envious of how they looked,' she told the Mirror.
But the jockey revealed that the real reason she would chase women was because she wanted to look at the clothes they wore and the make-up they used.
Victoria believed that her friends would never understand and had no idea about the real reason behind her relationships.
However, since it became publicly known she was living as a woman, Victoria has received messages of solidarity from racing, including from champion jockey Richard Dunwoody and Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Graham Bradley.
Victoria feared that her friend in horse racing would never understand why she wanted to be female, especially as the sport was so masculine
She said: 'Everyone in racing was completely shocked. But the support has been absolutely unbelievable and overwhelming, the total opposite of what I expected.'
The jockey explained how she had been terrified earlier in her career because of how masculine the sport was.
Victoria now wants to win a race as a female, after admitting that she would never have gotten the opportunities she has had in horse racing as a man.
She has never married and has no children. She had previously been in four long-term relationships with women, with the longest lasting