James Doyle (jockey)

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James Doyle
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James Doyle riding Kingman
Occupation Jockey
Born (1988-04-22) 22 April 1988 (age 32)
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, 2018)
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)
Irish Oaks (2018)
King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2018)
Al Quoz Sprint (2018)
Jebel Hatta (2018)
Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (2018)
King's Stand Stakes (2019)
Diamond Jubilee Stakes (2019)
Significant horses
Al Kazeem, Cityscape, Kingman, Noble Mission, Rizeena, Night of Thunder

James Doyle (born 22 April 1988 in Cambridge, 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

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

Early career

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

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.


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 Al Kazeem at Leopardstown.jpg
Al Kazeem, who James Doyle rode to win three Group 1 races

Major wins

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Flat wins in Great Britain by year; [6]

Flat wins in Ireland by year; [6]

Flat wins in the UAE by season; [12]

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