TRC rankings star: Hollie Doyle

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Hollie Doyle: on the verge of the world’s Top 100. Photo: Great British Racing

+13 Hollie Doyle

No shit, Sherlock? Step forward Hollie Doyle, whose exploits over the weekend have earned her a 13pt boost on the global rankings, where she moves to #102 from #153 on the world list.

Unless you’ve been locked down in a cave with no internet access – admittedly, a scenario not as far removed from reality as one might usually imagine – then you’ll probably know that Doyle put the seal on her annus mirabilis with a Group-race double on Qipco British Champions Day at Asoct on Saturday [Oct 17].

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After scoring on Trueshan in the British Champions Long Distance Cup, the 24-year-old recorded her maiden G1 victory about 35 minutes later – by a nose, on the Archie Watson-trained Glen Shiel in the British Champions Sprint.

All in all, it was quite a week for Doyle, who also broke her own record for most winners in a calendar year by a female jockey in Britain with her 117th success of 2020 at Kempton Park on Wednesday [Oct 14] evening.

In a landmark season, she has become the first woman to ride a five-timer in Britain (at Windsor on August 29) and also joined Gay Kelleway and Hayley Turner as the only females to have ridden a winner at Royal Ascot (Scarlet Dragon in the Duke of Edinburgh).

Her very first victory at Group-race level came only in July on Dame Malliot in the G2 Princess of Wales’s Stakes at Newmarket; she has also won Group contests on Extra Elusive (twice) and Certain Lad.

She still needs to do a bit more climbing on the world list to attain the heights of the world’s current number one female Jamie Kah (+5pt, #77 from #89), who leads the way in the Melbourne metro premiership.

Doyle’s boyfriend Tom Marquand (+5pt, #54 from #58) continues on the way up via his Champion Stakes win on Addeybb.

Other notable movers include Ben Melham (+10pt, #33 from #44), who had three minor Group victories last week in Melbourne, and his colleague, Caulfield Cup-winning rider Mark Zahra (+6pt, #35 from #42).

However, perhaps the biggest shake-up comes on the trainers’ chart, where US champion Chad Brown (+3pt, #1 from #3) has supplanted John Gosden (-3pt, #2 from #1).

With the latter suffering a dismal time at Ascot – and former world #2 Charlie Appleby (-2pt, #3 from #2) not even saddling a runner, Pinatubo and Ghaiyyath both retired – Brown jumped a couple of places, mainly via the G1 victory of Etoile in a substandard EP Taylor at Woodbine.

It is mighty close, though. Brown has 1,075 ranking points, with Gosden one point behind on 1,074 and Appleby a further point back on 1,073. Expect further changes.

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