Hollie Doyle has been locked in her garage during lockdown with one focus – taking another hammer blow at her sport’s glass ceiling at Royal Ascot, writes James Toney.
Ladies’ Day has a whole new meaning for Doyle, 23, who is fast underlining why it should be every day, not just one Thursday in June.
Doyle – who last year broke the record for the most winners in a year by a female jockey – has collected so many bottles of winner’s champagne she could open an off licence but she’s no intention of cracking one open to celebrate just yet.
She’s fully focussed on landing one of her sport’s biggest prizes at Flat racing’s most fabled meeting – and would like to do it before Tom Marquand, her partner and another rising star of the sport.
Marquand headed Down Under during lockdown to ride a series of big winners