The Doyle family watch on as Hollie rides winner number 107 for the year. Many thanks to them for giving us permisson to show this clip.
Hollie Doyle became the winning-most female jockey in a calendar year in Britain when gaining her 107th success of 2019 on Class Clown at Southwell on Thursday.
Doyle equalled Josephine Gordon’s tally of 106, which was achieved in 2017, at Wolverhampton on Saturday – and did not have to wait too long to overtake her friend and colleague, although she had agonisingly ridden three seconds on Wednesday.
Sent off the 4-1 favourite, Class Clown, trained by David Barron, took the Ladbrokes Where The Nation Plays Nursery Handicap by head following a thrilling battle.
“He’s a big baby, but the further we went the better he was,” Doyle told Sky Sports Racing.
“Two out I thought we’d get there nice and easy, but he had to work hard for it. Half a furlong out I didn’t think we’d get by, but the penny dropped eventually.
“I feel a bit emotional and really grateful. I’m just very lucky.”
Meanwhile, her family watched on joyously at home - as our video at the top of the story shows. It was the perfect birthday gift for her mother, Caroline.
Doyle, 23, became the third woman to reach a century in a year after Gordon and Hayley Turner when winning on The Perfect Crown at Chelmsford on November 21.
After bringing up the century, Doyle said her main aim for 2020 was to land a Group-race victory. She has already had five Listed winners, together with success at the Shergar Cup.
Doyle was a guest on Luck On Sunday earlier this year
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