Jockey James Doyle Claims Triple Victory at Ascot
Jockey James Doyle is in the spotlight after his fantastic performances on day two of the Royal Ascot where he rode Al Kazeen to victory in the Group One Prince of Wales’ Stakes, took first place in the Royal Hunt Cup on Belgian Bill, and notched up a third win on Rizeena in the Queen Mary. The talented 25 year-old was quoted as saying that he had hope to have at least one winner, but having three was amazing, noting that his feelings were difficult to put into words. Doyle’s win in the £500,000 Prince of Wales’ Stakes has been one of his biggest career victories. While Mukhadram led for much of the prestigious race, Al Kazeem passed him to claim victory, with The Fugue taking third place.
Born in Lambourn, Berkshire, England, James Doyle was sixteen years-old when he first started racing, notching up 73 winners during 2006, before dropping down to 28 victories in 2009 and 29 in 2010. The decline in his career victories following his impressive start was reportedly so disappointing for the young jockey that he considered giving up racing to train in the trade of plumbing. However, with horseracing being a significant part of his family’s life – his mother Jaqui Doyle is a former trainer and his sister Sophie is jockey – James Doyle stuck with racing and enjoyed 76 wins in 2011. In early 2012 he teamed up with Charlton and rode Cityscape to an impressive four-length victory in the Dubai Duty Free Stakes and has continued to build a successful career. Certainly, James Doyle will go down in British horseracing history for what he has achieved so far, and his future looks bright.