Royal Ascot: Hollie Doyle hoping female influence can continue to grow with more success on the biggest stage

Hollie Doyle became the third female jockey to celebrate a Royal Ascot winner last year with victory on Scarlet Dragon in the Duke of Edinburgh Stakes; watch every race at Royal Ascot live on Sky Sports Racing, June 15-19

Hollie Doyle wins the Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes on Scarlet Dragon.
Image: Hollie Doyle after winning the Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes on Scarlet Dragon

Female riders are looking to have more mounts than ever at Royal Ascot this week, with Hollie Doyle hoping her exploits, along with those of Hayley Turner, will inspire others.

Horse racing is one of the few sports in which men and women compete on level terms and in the past five years, the number of rides for female jockeys during Royal Ascot has increased dramatically from just one in 2016 to 27 last year.

Turner and Doyle are likely to lead the way in 2021 with Nicola Currie, Megan Nicholls and Saffie Osborne also set to be in demand during the five-day festival.

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Doyle became the third woman in history to celebrate a win during the prestigious meeting alongside Gay Kelleway and Turner when winning the Duke of Edinburgh Stakes on Scarlet Dragon in 2020.

Turner also enjoyed a victory aboard Onassis in the Sandringham Stakes last year, becoming the first multiple-winning woman rider at Royal Ascot.

Hayley Turner has won at the last two Royal Ascot meetings
Image: Hayley Turner has won at the last two Royal Ascot meetings

In 2019, she also won the Sandringham on Thanks Be to register a first victory for a female jockey at the Royal Meeting for 32 years since Kelleway. Turner is down to ride the Charlie Fellowes-trained Onassis in the Group Two Duke of Cambridge Stakes on Wednesday.

Doyle told Great British Racing: "It's great to see that there have been a lot more women competing at Royal Ascot in recent years.

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3.40 Friday - The Commonwealth Cup

4.20 Friday - The Coronation Stakes

4.20 Saturday - The Diamond Jubilee Stakes

"We are just as good as men given the opportunity and I hope that other women continue to work hard and pursue their dreams of working in racing.

"Riding a winner at a festival like Royal Ascot is a dream come true. I was inspired by Hayley and hope now I can inspire young people too."

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Nicholls, daughter of 12-time champion jumps trainer Paul Nicholls, said: "It's great to have seen Hayley and Hollie enjoy success at Royal Ascot over the last two years and I hope that this inspires other young people to pursue a career in racing.

"There are more and more opportunities for women in racing and their (Hayley and Hollie) success proves that."

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