Hollie Doyle says she would like to return to the International Jockeys’ Challenge in Saudi Arabia in the coming years and believes most jockeys would find it difficult to refuse the allure of such a “prestigious” event.
The record-breaking British jockey produced Willie Mullins’ True Self to beat longtime leader Channel Maker and win the £ 437,956 top prize at the Neom Turf Cup in Riyadh last weekend.
The victory marked another moment in history for Doyle, a Sky Sports Racing ambassador, since she became the first female jockey to win a race on Arabian Cup day.
When asked if she would like to return to the event in the future, Doyle said Sky Sports Racing: “Sure. The cash prize up for grabs is absolutely ridiculous. It’s a place most jockeys wouldn’t say no to.
“It was a good experience. I was obviously delighted to have such a good book of rides at such a prestigious meeting. It was another great experience that I had the chance to have.”
Reflecting on his success, Doyle said, “Things have only snowballed for a year or two. To tell me it would have happened two years ago, I wouldn’t have believed you.”
After returning from Saudi Arabia on Sunday, Doyle is self-isolating at home but remains optimistic to participate in Saturday’s Winter Derby reunion at Lingfield, where she is booked to drive Marco Botti’s favorite Felix, in the main race live of Sky Sports.
Doyle must take and pass a Covid-19 test on Thursday to end his quarantine period.
“I hope if I pass all my tests I can ride on Saturday,” said Doyle. “I’m ready to ride Felix, who I hope I have a great chance, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed to pass these tests this week.
“He just got up at Wolverhampton after a long layoff and I was quite impressed with him that day.
“He just lost a short lead at Lingfield a few weeks ago. He loves it there so I hope if he runs he has a huge say in the race.”