Five minutes getting to know record-breaker Hollie Doyle

The daughter of two jockeys, Hollie Doyle always had her heart set on a career in the saddle.

She learned to ride at an early age and celebrated her first winner as a teenager in 2013.

Doyle, 23, made her mark as an apprentice to Richard Hannon, before her career really took off when joining forces with Archie Watson.

In 2019, she set a new record for winners in a season by a female jockey.

Tough and very strong in a finish, Doyle became only the third British woman to reach a century in a year after Hayley Turner and Josephine Gordon.

Here the Sky Sports Racing ambassador talks about her career so far, how she is keeping busy at the moment and life outside of racing:

Describe what last year was like, beating the UK record?

It was unreal – I never really expected that to happen or to achieve what I did.

I received a lot of support from many different owners and trainers.

The only problem I have now is that I always want to better myself and achieve more, so I’ve got a tough task ahead but hopefully I can get that done at some point!

How are you keeping busy at the moment?

I am trying to keep as fit as I can, so I’m running every day and cycling.

I’m riding out most days too and getting jobs in the house and garden done which I normally wouldn’t have time to do.

Have you taken up any new hobbies?

Cycling. I recently purchased a road bike so that’s taking up a few hours in the day.

What will be the first thing you will do after lockdown?

Hopefully go racing. That’s my main priority, but I can’t wait to go out for dinner with friends or to see my family.

What's your favourite racing memory?

I’ve got many, but the one that pops up the most would be Frankel winning the 2000 Guineas in 2011 by six lengths.

It just blew me away and is something I’ll never forget.

Which big race would you like to win?

The Derby or the Arc.

Which track do you like riding at most and why?

Ascot – it’s a world class track. It’s a fair, big galloping racecourse and there’s always a good atmosphere because of Royal Ascot.

Who is the most entertaining person in the weighing room?

Probably Kieran O’Neill and Adam Kirby.

They’re both great characters, always brighten up your day and lift spirits in the weighing room.

What is your favourite food?

I like all foods but I do love a good steak!

Favourite sports star?

He’s retired now but it would probably have to be Jonny Wilkinson.

And favourite horse?

Enable.

Best concert you have been to?

Eminem. I went to see him at Twickenham with my friend Emma for her birthday and it was amazing.

Favourite holiday destination?

Morzine in the French Alps.

I grew up going skiing there as a kid and it’s somewhere we try to go every year.

Who inspires you?

I grew up looking up to AP McCoy and Nina Carberry. They’re just different class.

What do you hope to achieve in five years' time?

I just want to be the best I can be in my profession and to reach a higher level riding internationally.

What are you afraid of?

Failure.

If you weren't a jockey what would you be?

I can’t imagine doing anything else.

I guess it would have to be something in the racing or sporting industry.

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