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Hollie Doyle delighted as she notches 117th win of the year to set new record

Wed 14 Oct 2020

Hollie Doyle set another milestone in what has been a stellar season as she broke her own British record for the most winners in a calendar year by a female jockey at Kempton.

Doyle, 24, rode State Occasion in the Unibet 3 Uniboosts A Day Nursery Handicap and she had to be at her strongest aboard Ralph Beckett’s runner, hanging on by a short head in a photo finish with Tornadic.

She ended last season with 116 winners – breaking Josephine Gordon’s record of 106 – but this was her 117th, with two and a half months of the year still to go.

Having already raced to 100 winners in early September – two months quicker than last year – Doyle has also ridden her first Group winner, on Ed Vaughan’s Dame Malliot in the Princess of Wales’s Stakes at Newmarket, as well as recording her first Royal Ascot success aboard the Alan King-trained Scarlet Dragon in the Duke of Edinburgh Stakes.

She was also appointed as retained rider to leading owner Imad Al Sagar back in July and competed in a Group One for the first time when third aboard Dame Malliot in Germany.

Doyle became the first female jockey to ride five winners in one day at Windsor in August – and went close to a Group One success when runner-up on Glen Shiel in the Betfair Sprint Cup at Haydock.

On breaking the record, Doyle, tolf Great British racing: “When I broke the record last year in the back of my mind I was always thinking about breaking it again this year, as I didn’t want it to be a one off, so I’m delighted to have achieved that goal.

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"When you think that we also missed two months of racing this year, it is amazing that I have been able to do it so quickly. I want to thank all the owners and trainers that have supported me throughout this year, without them, none of this would have been possible.”

The record marks another amazing achievement for the Lambourn-based jockey this year, with Doyle already becoming the first woman to land five winners at a single meeting following a fantastic five-timer at Windsor Racecourse on the 29th August.

This year has also seen Doyle claim her maiden Group victories (highest rated horseraces), including with Dame Malliot in the Group Two Princess Of Wales's Tattersalls Stakes at Newmarket in July.

Doyle also became only the third woman to ride a winner at Royal Ascot following a tremendous triumph with Scarlet Dragon in the Duke of Edinburgh Stakes, joining Gay Kellaway and Hayley Turner on the Royal Ascot roll of honour.

Hayley Turner said: "It's a fantastic achievement to have broken the record again. Hollie is very driven and focused. She has an outstanding work ethic and attitude every young jockey should have. She has kept her head out the clouds and her hard work and results prove that."

ITV Racing Presenter, Francesca Cumani said: “I have made the point many times that I think gender is irrelevant when it comes to jockeys. For too long, female riders have not had the same opportunities as their male counterparts and have not had the chance to show the extent of their skills.

She continued: “Hollie has proven that when given an opening she can be just as capable, if not more than any of her colleagues. She is pocket sized but has talent for horses big and small that you can’t measure. Her humility and affability hold her in great stead for further successes and more records.”

Doyle’s 117th win puts her third in the Annual Flat Jockey Championships, 32 behind leader Ben Curtis (149). In the 2020 Flat Jockeys’ Championship, which concludes at Doncaster Racecourse on Saturday 7th November, sheis fourth with 82 wins – see full table here.

A large proportion of her wins have come for Berkshire-based trainer Archie Watson, with the pair enjoying 33 victories together.

No other jockey has provided more triumphs for Watson, who said of her achievement: “Hollie is an incredibly hard working and talented jockey. We have had over 100 winners together in a short amount of time and I am delighted that she is starting to gain the recognition she deserves.”

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