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Just another day for upwardly mobile Doyle on first ride without claim
29 Nov 2017 | Racingpost.com 


Hollie Doyle says she will approach it like any other day but when she weighs out for the first race at Wolverhampton on Wednesday she will do so without a claim.

By riding her 56th winner of the year at Lingfield on Saturday, and the 95th of her career, Doyle lost the right to an allowance.

It was a landmark day for female riders as Josephine Gordon, the 2016 Stobart apprentice champion, reached a century of winners for the year for the first time. She was only the second woman to reach the landmark after Hayley Turner's breakthrough in 2008.

Doyle, who has two rides at Wolverhampton and two in the evening at Kempton, said: "Obviously it will be a little different but I'm not going to approach not having claim any differently to a normal day.

"I am hoping the trainers that have used me all season will continue to use me on the horses I ride though I understand things can change, but if I keep doing what I am doing hopefully it won't."

Doyle, 21, who is attached to the Richard Hannon stable, enjoyed her own banner year, riding her first Listed win on Billesden Bess at Salisbury and competing on the Girls team in the Shergar Cup as a late replacement for Michelle Payne.

But for three falls which led to time off for concussion and a broken collarbone she could have had a significant say in the outcome of the 2017 apprentice race.

She will use the winter all-weather campaign, which proved the springboard to this year's successes, to propel her into the next phase of her career.

"I've had a lot of opportunities from the boss and other trainers and then had a few setbacks through the summer when I missed about eight weeks of the season," said Doyle, who can ride at 7st 10lb. "I still finished fourth in the apprentice title.

"Now I want to build up more connections with trainers and owners and hopefully my boss will continue to support me. There aren't that many lightweight jockeys and I hope that can work to my advantage.

"I am sticking around for the winter. I used it as the springboard last year and it took me on to the summer so I will try to do that this year. It's important to keep working hard."

 

 
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