Octet of wins moves Doyle into the #JockeyChamps top five
There is an early front runner in the bid to be named Stobart Flat Jockey of the Month for July after James Doyle notched up 8 wins in the past seven days to kick-start the month.
The Godolphin rider now finds himself in fifth position in the overall Jockeys’ Championship standings with 38 winners from 199 rides. Towards the end of June, Doyle scored four times in one afternoon at Windsor and followed that up with five winners across two days at Sandown last week.
Doyle is currently operating at a strike rate of 44% with trainer Saeed bin Suroor, but the Newmarket-based jockey says there is no secret behind the current run of form.
“There’s no particular reason, I’m just getting decent rides and it’s all coming together nicely,” he said. “We’ve had a few winners, like those at Windsor, that were just in the right race at the right time. The horses were in races that they could win.
“It was a good couple of days, especially at Sandown. All the top boys were there on the Friday and Saturday, so it was nice to ride five winners across the two days.
“To be seen as a top jockey, you need to have won the Jockeys’ Championship at some stage in your career. It’s definitely one you want on your CV – it’s massively important.”
Elsewhere in the standings, Silvestre De Sousa has cut leader Ryan Moore’s lead to just six wins after scoring five times in the past week. The Brazilian now finds himself in second place, four wins clear of defending champion Richard Hughes.
Moore currently sits top of the pile on 51 winners for the season and he brought up his half century at Haydock last Thursday when partnering Wedge to victory.
Liverpudlian jockey Paul Hanagan remains in fourth position with 39 wins – just one ahead of Doyle.
ON A HIGH
Frankie Dettori – The Italian was named Jockey of the Month for June and on the same day won the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown, taking his tally of winners to 20 for the season.
Louis Steward – The apprentice has had just seven rides in July so far has won on three of those, with one second-placed finish also.
Adam Kirby – Nine wins from 36 rides in the last two weeks leaves Kirby with a 25% strike rate for the period.
Oisin Murphy – Last season’s champion apprentice will be on the sidelines for nine days from July 18th after picking up a careless riding ban having impeded two horses in the Coral Charge.
P J McDonald – Having resided in the top 10 for more than a month, McDonald is now 13th after one win in July so far. However, he has finished second on six occasions and third a further five times.