Centurion Doyle targets Group success

Rising star keen to reach next level.

  • Friday 22 November
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Hollie Doyle has her eyes firmly fixed on future Group-race success after reaching 100 winners in a year for the first time.

The 23-year-old has five Listed triumphs on her record, and is keen to take the next step up.

“Hopefully next year, that’s an aim of mine to ride a Group winner – that’s the next thing,” she told Sky Sports Racing.

Doyle brought up the century at Chelmsford on Thursday, on The Perfect Crown – her 41st winner of 2019 for trainer Archie Watson.

“It was a good evening, just glad to get it off my back,” she added.

“It was great to get it done, and to have ridden my 100th winner for Archie. He’s supported me much throughout the year – as have so many other trainers.

“I just can’t believe the reaction of everyone. I got home last night – and the amount of people who had sent me messages, texts and so many phone calls, I thought ‘wow’. I’m so very grateful.”

Doyle is only the third female jockey, after Hayley Turner and Josephine Gordon, to achieve three figures in a calendar year – and she has the latter’s record of 106 in her sights after already making it 101 on the David Elsworth-trained Lady Dancealot.

“It would be amazing if I could beat the record. I’ll just try to keep the ball rolling and see what happens,” she said.

“I’m staying around. I think it’s important for someone like me to keep putting the winners in, and it will take me into the season with a little bit of a platform for the summer.

“I’m at Wolverhampton tomorrow. I’ve got five rides there. Hopefully things can go nicely.

“I’m so grateful for everyone’s support. I’m a bit gobsmacked.”

Centurion Doyle targets Group success
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