James Doyle (jockey)

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James Doyle
Kingman Superstar.jpg
James Doyle riding Kingman
OccupationJockey
Born (1988-04-22) 22 April 1988 (age 31)
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, UK
Career wins531 (in UK and Ireland) 471 up to end 2013
Major racing wins
Dubai Duty Free Stakes (2012)
Tattersalls Gold Cup (2013, 2014, 2015)
Ascot Gold Cup (2017)
Prince of Wales's Stakes (2013)
Eclipse Stakes (2013)
Moyglare Stud Stakes (2013)
Irish 2,000 Guineas (2014)
St. James's Palace Stakes (2014, 2017)
Sussex Stakes (2014)
Champion Stakes (2014)
Lockinge Stakes (2015)
Falmouth Stakes (2015)
Significant horses
Al Kazeem, Cityscape, Kingman, Noble Mission, Rizeena, Night of Thunder

James Doyle (born 22 April 1988 in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England) is a flat racing jockey. He is the son of former trainer Jacqueline Doyle. Since 2014, he has been one of the retained riders to Godolphin Racing in the UK[1], mainly riding horses trained by Charlie Appleby.

Early life[edit]

James Doyle was born on 22 April 1988 in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England and is the son of former trainer Jacqueline Doyle and brother of jockey Sophie Doyle.[2] Jacqueline trained Zanay, who won the Winter Derby in 2000.[3] James now lives in Lambourn, Berkshire.[2]

Riding career[edit]

Early career[edit]

James Doyle had his first ride under rules on 4 June 2004 at Goodwood on Somayda, who was trained by his mother.[4] James Doyle rode his first winner on 1 June 2005, when he partnered the Richard Price trained gelding Farnborough to win a Class 6 Handicap run over an extended mile at Wolverhampton.[5] During 2005, he had eight wins, four of which came on Fabrian, who was also trained by Richard Price. During 2006 he rode 73 winners, with 32 those being on Turf, including the totesport Stakes Heritage Handicap at Windsor, which he won with One More Round. One More Round was trained by Nick Littmoden, who Doyle rode for many times. During 2007 and 2008 he rode 41 and 53 winners respectively. The following two years he did not reach 30 winners in a season, finishing with totals of 28 and 29, and had half the number of rides that he had back in 2006.[6] After struggling to get enough rides, Doyle revealed that he contemplated going on a plumbing course in 2010.[7] However, during 2011, Doyle got booked for many more rides than the previous two years and at the end of the year had won 76 races in the UK, and had also started riding for Roger Charlton.[6] At the end of the 2011 UK flat season, Doyle went to the UAE to ride for Dhruba Selvaratnam, winning his first race in November,[8] and the Listed UAE Cup in December.[9]

Roger Charlton[edit]

Doyle became stable jockey to Roger Charlton in 2012, and on 31 March, scored his first Group 1 success, when he rode Charlton's Cityscape to win the Dubai Duty Free Stakes by over four lengths.[10][11] By the end of the 2011/12 UAE racing season, Doyle had ridden 23 winners.[12] The following year he won three Group 1 races with Al Kazeem, including the Prince of Wales's Stakes and Eclipse Stakes.

Godolphin[edit]

Since late 2014, Doyle has been one of the retained UK riders for Sheikh Mohammed's Godolphin operation. He rides the horses trained in Newmarket by Saeed bin Suroor, while William Buick rides those trained by Charlie Appleby. In 2014 he won the Irish 2,000 Guineas and St. James's Palace Stakes with Kingman. In May 2015, he rode Night of Thunder to victory in the Lockinge Stakes.[2]

Al Kazeem, who James Doyle rode to win three Group 1 races

Major wins[edit]

France France


United Kingdom Great Britain


Republic of Ireland Ireland


United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates


Australia Australia

Statistics[edit]

Flat wins in Great Britain by year;[6]

  • 2004 - 0 wins / 16 rides
  • 2005 - 8 / 150
  • 2006 - 73 / 759
  • 2007 - 41 / 624
  • 2008 - 52 / 638
  • 2009 - 28 / 379
  • 2010 - 29 / 360
  • 2011 - 76 / 639
  • 2012 - 80 / 580
  • 2013 - 82 / 602
  • 2014 - 58 / 289 (in progress)

Flat wins in Ireland by year;[6]

  • 2005 - 0 / 1
  • 2008 - 0 / 1
  • 2011 - 0 / 1
  • 2013 - 2 / 3
  • 2014 - 2 / 5 (in progress)

Flat wins in the UAE by season;[12]

  • 2011/12 - 23 / 198
  • 2012/13 - 12 / 170
  • 2013/14 - 13 / 130

References[edit]

  1. ^ James Doyle loses leading role for Saeed bin Suroor as William Buick books in
  2. ^ a b c "QIPCO British Champions Series | James Doyle". Britishchampionsseries.com. Archived from the original on 2014-05-30. Retrieved 2014-06-12.
  3. ^ "Ms J S Doyle". Racing Post. Retrieved 2014-06-12.
  4. ^ "Somayda". Racing Post. Retrieved 2014-06-12.
  5. ^ "Results From The 6.20 Race At Wolverhampton". Racing Post. 1 June 2005. Retrieved 2014-06-12.
  6. ^ a b c d "James Doyle". Racing Post. Retrieved 2014-06-12.
  7. ^ Horse Racing. "James Doyle's success has taken him by surprise". Telegraph. Retrieved 2014-06-12.
  8. ^ "UAE James Doyle off the mark with Sarbola". Racing Post. 2011-11-04. Retrieved 2014-06-12.
  9. ^ "UAE James Doyle takes Listed win". Racing Post. 2011-12-18. Retrieved 2014-06-12.
  10. ^ "Dubai Duty Free Stakes result". Racing Post. 31 March 2012. Retrieved 2014-06-12.
  11. ^ "Doyle wins first Group 1 on Cityscape". Racing Post. 2012-03-31. Retrieved 2014-06-12.
  12. ^ a b "Come Racing | UAE". Comeracinguae.com. Retrieved 2014-06-12.