Sky Sports Racing ambassador Hollie Doyle says she is “over the moon” to be shortlisted for the Flat Jockey of the Year title at the prestigious Horserace Writers and Photographers Association Derby Awards.
The 23-year-old, who is attached to Archie Watson’s yard, is shortlisted alongside Frankie Dettori, Oisin Murphy and Danny Tudhope for the prize, the winner of which will be announced at the Derby Awards Lunch in London on Monday, December 2.
She said: “I am over the moon to be nominated for Flat Jockey of the Year – a huge thank you to all the owners and trainers that have supported me, particularly Archie Watson and the team at Saxon Gate.”
With a personal best tally of 59 winners achieved in 2017, Doyle is closing in on a first century and in doing so would become only the third female jockey to ride 100 or more winners in a calendar year, alongside Hayley Turner and Josephine Gordon, who set a further annual record of 106 successes back in 2017.
Big-race wins this campaign have been achieved on horses including Gorgeous Noora (Listed Hever Sprint Stakes, Lingfield), Dame Malliot (Listed Ric And Mary Hambro Aphrodite Fillies’ Stakes, Newmarket) and Shades Of Blue (Listed Prix Hampton, Maisons-Laffitte). Doyle also rode two trebles in two days, at Ffos Las and Wolverhampton in early August.
Doyle will continue to ride in the UK throughout the winter, with her sights set on another successful All-Weather Championships.