A concerted #VoteHollie campaign, not dissimilar to the one which thrust AP McCoy into the limelight and eventual winner of the 2010 BBC SPOTY Award has led to a wave of support in the betting markets. Backed down to 5/1 on Friday morning, the nationwide plunge has continued and she has now usurped Ronnie O’Sullilvan as second favourite.
The 24-year-old jockey has enjoyed her best ever season, both numerically and in terms of major wins. She currently has 148 victories to her name in Britain this year, beating last year’s personal best of 116 wins, a new record for a female jockey in a British season.
She achieved her first Royal Ascot success this year aboard 33/1 shot, Scarlet Dragon in the Duke of Edinburgh Stakes and in July, won her first Group race aboard Dame Mailliot in the Princess of Wales’s stakes on Newmarket’s July course.
In August, Hollie rode five winners at Windsor, the first woman rider to achieve a five-timer on the same card in Britain and in October, she really hit the headlines when she became the first female jockey to ride a winner at the meeting, when successful on Trueshan in the Long Distance Cup and when she also won on Glen Sheil in the Champions Sprint, her first ever Group One winner. With two seconds as well, she was the leading rider at the meeting.
Hollie Doyle finished 4th in the Jockey’s Championship, the highest ever ranking for a female jockey and after being named The Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year, she was nominated for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award.
The awards ceremony begins on BBC tonight at 8pm and voting can be done online or on the phone, details to be announced during the programme.
Whether Hollie wins or not, she has had a fantastic season and has been a marvellous ambassador for horseracing during a very difficult year. Please show your support by voting for Hollie Doyle.