Under Starters Orders – Hollie Doyle

Features | 29th June 2020

The best female Flat jockey in terms of winners over recent years. Doyle broke the record for the most wins in a calendar year by a female jockey on her way to 116 winners in 2019.

Name: Hollie Doyle

Age: 23

Career highlight: Becoming the winning-most female jockey in a calendar year in Britain last year with 116 wins.

Interesting fact: 23-year-old Hollie is used to mixing it with the boys: aged 10, she used to play scrum half in a boys’ contact rugby team.

Hollie Doyle grew up around racehorses, thanks to her parents both being former jockeys and her father a point-to-point trainer.

Having cut her teeth on the pony racing circuit, Hollie left school in 2013, aged 16, to launch her career as a jockey. Her first employer was a local trainer named David Evans, for whom she rode a winner on her first ever racecourse appearance at Salisbury.

Fast forward two years and a winter spent riding trackwork at Santa Anita in California, and Hollie made the leap to a much bigger stable under the guidance of trainer Richard Hannon.

By 2016, Hollie had made her mark as apprentice jockey to Hannon alongside boyfriend Tom Marquand, riding 33 winners that year and picking up more than 250 rides. The following year, she doubled the number of rides and clocked 59 winners.

2019 was a particularly memorable year for Hollie, as she joined forces with exciting young trainer Archie Watson and became Britain’s winning-most female jockey in a calendar year, racking up a total of 116 victories. She was also part of the girls’ team that won the Shergar Cup.

Today, Hollie Doyle is Britain’s leading female jockey, with over 300 wins to her name, five of those at Listed level.