Hollie Doyle hits century in style with easy Chelmsford win

Hollie Doyle became the third female jockey in Britain to ride 100 winners in a calendar year and in some style when winning on newcomer The Perfect Crown under the lights at Chelmsford on Wednesday.

It was appropriate that Doyle, who joins Hayley Turner and Josie Gordon in the exclusive 100 Club, brought up the landmark win for trainer Archie Watson, who has been her biggest supporter this year, providing her with 41 of her winners.

What is more remarkable is that Doyle has been supported by over 130 trainers to make the milestone, which is testament to not only her agent Guy Jewell but also her dedication.

Her boyfriend Tom Marquand, who has ridden 122 winners this year, told Sky Sports: “I think she underestimates what an achievement it is - it is a phenomenal achievement and she could yet pass 106 [Josie Gordon’s record] to make her the winningmost female ever.

“In my book it is down to her extremely hard work and dedication. She is not afraid to go places and ride bad horse and get a tune out of them which is the sign of a good jockey.”

Doyle, who celebrated her 23rd birthday last month, only rode out her claim two years ago when with trainer Richard Hannon.

She had been leading the apprentice title race that season when a broken collarbone in a fall after the winning post at Goodwood in June scuppered her title chances. 

Doyle had already ridden 34 winners from the start of the year, beating her total of 33 the year before when she rose up the apprentice ranks with Hannon.

Despite that injury, Doyle finished with 59 winners and passed 50 again last year, successfully making the difficult transition after riding out her claim.