December 2, 2021

Doyle named Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year

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Jockey Hollie Doyle has been crowned The Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year for 2020.

The 24-year-old broke her own British record for the most winners in a calendar year by a female jockey in 2020.

In August, she became the first female jockey to win five races in a day, beating cumulative odds of 899-1 to make history at Windsor.

On receiving the prestigious Sunday Times Sportswoman award, Doyle told Sky Sports: “I was pretty shocked. I was delighted to even get nominated.

“When I saw the other competitors I was up against I thought that was a privilege in itself. When I was called the winner I was blown away really. It’s just massive.

“I’m really pleased for the racing industry and as jockeys, we’re being seen as sportspeople now because we really are and it needs to be going that way.

Hollie Doyle riding Glen Shiel (C, gold) win The Qipco British Champions Sprint Stakes during the Qipco British Champions Day at Ascot
Image: Hollie Doyle enjoyed a magical day at Ascot earlier in the year

“Racing can be in its own little bubble as such, so it’s really good to open the door to a wider audience maybe.”

It caps a phenomenal year for Doyle.

She enjoyed a Champions Day double at Ascot in October, claiming her first victory at Group One level as Glen Shiel clung on by a nose to win the British Champions Sprint, as well as becoming the first female rider to win a race on British Champions Day.

Doyle also competed in the prestigious Breeders Cup in Kentucky for the first time this year, riding Royal Gurkha in the Juvenile Turf Sprint.

Other outstanding female athletes on the shortlist were: Lizzie Deignan (cyclist), Jessica Learmonth (triathlete), Fallon Sherrock (darts) and Georgia Taylor-Brown (triathlete).

Previous winners of the main award include Jessica Ennis-Hill, Elise Christie, Sally Gunnell, Tanni Grey-Thompson, Denise Lewis, Dame Kelly Holmes, Zara Tindall, Victoria Pendleton, Christine Ohuruogu and Laura Trott.

Dina Asher-Smith was crowned the 2018 and 2019 Sportswoman of the Year.

Full details of The Sunday Times Sportswomen of the Year awards.