James Doyle

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Key Stats

Name – James Doyle

Date of Birth – 22 April 1988

Birthplace – Cambridge

Riding Weight – 8 stone 9lbs (55kg)

Big Wins: Champion Stakes, Irish Oaks, Irish 2000 Guineas, Ascot Gold Cup, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes, Sussex Stakes, Eclipse Stakes….just a selection from his impressive CV!

James Doyle

Jockey Profile

James Doyle is the son of former Trainer Jacqueline Doyle who provided him with his first ride under rules in 2004.

He rode his first winner the following year and 73 in 2006.

His riding career stalled somewhat before a link up with Trainer Roger Charlton boosted his tally to 76 winners in 2011.

He was appointed stable jockey to Charlton in 2012 and rode his first Group 1 winner aboard Cityscape during a lucrative spell in Dubai.

The horse that raised his profile to new heights was four-time Group 1 winner Al Kazeem, also trained by Charlton.

Towards the end of 2014 he joined the Godolphin operation, primarily riding for Saeed bin Suroor.

He has gone on to ride numerous Group race winners across the globe.

James Doyle – Key Jockey Stats

Doyle narrowly missed out on being crowned champion apprentice in 2006.

He has ridden over 100 winners in six of the past seven seasons and his best year was 2018 with an impressive 156 winners.

He has a 20% plus strike rate at many of the UK’s top racecourses and that figure is even better at the all-weather tracks of Chelmsford City Racecourse and Newcastle Racecourse.

James Doyle’s Big Race Wins

Cityscape helped to put James Doyle’s name in the headlines with his brilliant success in the Dubai Duty-Free Stakes in 2012. He raced in the colours of the late Khalid Abdullah, for whom Doyle would enjoy Classic success in the Irish 2000 Guineas aboard Kingman in 2014.

Kingman also won the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot under Doyle, a race he won again in 2017 on Godolphin’s Barney Roy.

Another name close to Doyle’s heart will be Al Kazeem. He won the Tattersall’s Gold Cup twice as well as The Eclipse and the Prince of Wales’s Stakes.

Doyle’s big race wins for Godolphin include champion sprinter Blue Point who landed a Royal Ascot double in 2019 in the King’s Stand Stakes and the Diamond Jubilee Stakes.

He also rode Poet’s Word to victory in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes in 2018 for Sir Michael Stoute.

William Haggas’s Sea Of Class was a game-winner of the Irish Oaks in the same season and oozed class when taking the Yorkshire Oaks. She was unlucky not to catch Enable in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, finishing strongly from a wide draw.

James Doyle’s – Most Famous Victories

One of the key races in the career of James Doyle was the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot in 2013. He rode Al Kazeem who started the second favourite behind 2012 Epsom Derby winner Camelot. The field also included The Fugue and Mukhadram.

Al Kazeem raced very keenly that day and Doyle held him behind the pace-setting Mukhadram before asking him for his effort at the furlong marker. He ran on strongly to win by a neck and confirmed the form with Mukhadram and The Fugue in a rough race for the Eclipse Stakes at Sandown Park Racecourse.

Connections of Kingman felt that the draw cost him victory in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket Racecourse when second to Night Of Thunder in 2014. His five lengths victory in the Irish 2000 Guineas was followed by victory over his Newmarket conqueror in the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot.

James Doyle Rides

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James Doyle has been at the top of his profession for several years and is a key part of the Godolphin operation.

He and William Buick, the number one rider for Charlie Appleby, form a top-class riding team and continue to plunder the top prizes across the racing world.

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