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Champions Day hero Hollie Doyle nominated for BBC Sports Personailty of the Year

1 Dec 2020

Record breaking jockey Hollie up for prestigious award after fantastic season

Jockey Hollie Doyle’s meteoric rise hit new heights today as it was announced she was nominated for BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year award.

She joins an elite list of athletes including Formula 1’s Lewis Hamilton, cricketer Stuart Broad and Liverpool FC’s Jordan Henderson.

She dominated Britain’s most valuable raceday, QIPCO British Champions Day in October, emerging as the leading rider on the day with two winners and two second places, having clinched her first ever Group 1 winner with Glen Shiel in the QIPCO Champions Sprint Stakes, as well as the QIPCO Long Distance Cup on Trueshan.

Earlier in the year she enjoyed her first ever Royal Ascot winner on Scarlet Dragon, joining the roll of honour with Gay Kelleway and Hayley Turner as only the third woman to win at the meeting.

The 24-year-old also broke her own record set in 2019 (116) for wins achieved by a woman during a calendar year in Great Britain and is currently on 136 wins for 2020. She also finished fourth in the 2020 Flat Jockeys’ Championship.

On being shortlisted Hollie, who is an ambassador for Sky Sports Racing said: “It is a huge privilege to be nominated for such an illustrious award.

It’s hard to get my head around being nominated alongside the likes of Lewis Hamilton and Tyson Fury, but I’m really pleased that horse racing has been recognised alongside these sports.

Racing can be in its own little bubble as such, so hopefully this might help to open the door to a wider audience.