Hollie Doyle Profile

Name Hollie Doyle
Born Oct 11, 1996
Age 24 years
Birthplace Hereford, UK

Although holding the record for wins in a calendar year by a female jockey, gender is irrelevant for Hollie Doyle, a rider with talent and tenacity.

Doyle has picked up various records for female riders, including being the first woman to ride five winners in one British racecard, but her standout achievements come in the form of Group One victories.

She picked up the Qipco British Champions Sprint Stakes on Archie Watson's Glen Shiel in 2020 and followed up with a gritty win on Trueshan in the Al Shaqab Goodwood Cup in 2021.

After scooping third place in the BBC Sports Personality Of The Year in 2020, Doyle will be looking to gain further inroads in winning a first Champion Jockey title.

Early life

Racing came naturally to Doyle as her father Mark was a professional jockey in Britain and Ireland. Her mother Caroline also was no stranger to the saddle having ridden in Arabian races.

Doyle grew up in Ivington, Herefordshire and had an early pony racing encounter with future opponent and boyfriend Tom Marquand. She beat Marquand in a pony race at Chaddesley Corbett when Marquand was just 14.

She then went to the British Racing School at Newmarket aged 16 to fine-tune her racing skills before making her racecourse debut under rules in May 2013 at Salisbury.

Doyle made it a winning debut as she won on 8/1 shot The Mongoose in a lady riders' handicap for David Evans.

After leaving school and spending a summer riding track-work at Santa Anita in the USA, Doyle joined top trainer Richard Hannon as an apprentice where she joined up with boyfriend Tom Marquand.

Early jockey career

By 2016, Doyle was riding winners for Hannon's Marlborough yard including a couple of victories on Aguerooo on the all-weather at Lingfield and Southwell.

A standout win in 2016 came on board Scarlet Dragon for Eve Johnson Houghton in the Old Rowley Cup at Newmarket worth £87,150 to winning connections. She finished the 2016 season with 33 winners, accruing over £300,000 in prize money.

Doyle returned to Salisbury to collect her first listed success in August 2017 as Billesdon Bess prevailed for Hannon in the Upavon Fillies' Stakes.

Doyle won 59 races in 2017 with her prize pot for connections topping half a million pounds as the upwardly mobile jockey rode out her claim completely.

In 2018, Doyle showed the tough side of being a jockey after having her teeth smashed and her lip ripped open upon being unseated at Haydock.

She recovered well to take the listed Prix Zeddaan at Deauville in France on The Weatherman for sprint expert Archie Watson in October 2018.

Record breaker

In 2019 Doyle made the move to ride mainly for Archie Watson and her win rate went through the roof.

A victory in the Betway Hever Sprint at Lingfield for Watson aboard the 2/1 shot Gorgeous Noora was the first of a pair of valuable listed sprints she won in 2019.

Doyle then grabbed the Ric And Mary Hambro Aphrodite Fillies' Stakes at Newmarket on the way to racking up over a hundred season wins and claiming a new record.

She finished 2019 on 116 victories, easily surpassing the record for the most wins by a female jockey in a season. Josephine Gordon's record of 106 wins set in 2017 tumbled as Doyle announced herself as the top female jockey on the flat circuit.

The 2020 season proved momentous too as Doyle notched her first Royal Ascot win aboard Scarlet Dragon for Alan King in the Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes.

She then followed up with a first group level win in the Group Two Princess Of Wales's Tattersalls Stakes at Newmarket for Ed Walker as her access to quality animals grew.

This success brought interest from wealthy owner Imad Al Sagar and Doyle was named retained rider to the Blue Diamond Stud patron in July 2020.

In August 2020, Doyle sent another record tumbling when she racked up five winners on the same British card at Windsor. Doyle won on Indian Creek, Sur Mer, Le Don De Vie, Extra Elusive and Mistress Nellie at odds of 899/1.

Group One winner

The diminutive Doyle showed she was ready to dine at racing's top table with a double on Qipco Champions Day at Ascot.

Not content with becoming the first female jockey to win on Champions Day, she showcased a burgeoning relationship with top stayer Trueshan as Alan King's marathon horse won the Group Two Qipco British Champions Long Distance Cup.

Doyle showed her versatility to then switch back to six furlongs as she guided the 16/1 shot Glen Shiel, trained by Archie Watson, to a nose victory from Brando in the Qipco British Champions Sprint Stakes.

She then headed to Keeneland in the USA for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint, and although finishing eleventh on the Mighty Gurkha, for Watson it had proven a good learning experience for the young jockey.

Doyle finished the season fourth in the Flat Jockeys' Championship with a solid 151 winners and was nominated for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year in which she was voted a respectable third.

The 2021 season provided more top winners with True Self, the mount of Irish trainer Willie Mullins getting up under Doyle in the lucrative Neom Turf Cup at Riyadh worth a cool £437,956 to the winner.

Hollie Doyle and Trueshan

The pressure of being favourite for the 2021 Al Shaqab Goodwood Cup after the withdrawal of Stradivarius didn't seem to faze Doyle in the staying showpiece.

Doyle had struck a chord with Alan King's Trueshan and attacked from three furlongs out in her blue and yellow silks to win by a good three and three quarter lengths from Away He Goes in second.

Just for good measure Doyle won the next two races at Goodwood for a 123-1 treble showing that this young jockey is in no mood to slack off in a game she plays to win.

Personal life

Hollie Doyle's father is ex-jockey Mark Doyle, and her mother is called Caroline.

She is in a long-term relationship with fellow jockey Tom Marquand with the pair having met as children at pony club.

Away from racing Doyle enjoys cycling.

Net worth

Hollie Doyle's net worth is believed to be around £1million.

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