Doyle stays in the sad­dle Down Un­der

Daily Mail - - Racemail - By MAR­CUS TOWNEND Rac­ing Cor­re­spon­dent

JOCKEY James Doyle is to con­tinue his role as Godol­phin’s main jockey in Aus­tralia for the fore­see­able fu­ture, lim­it­ing the time he will be rid­ing in Bri­tain this sum­mer. Doyle was moved Down Un­der when Godol­phin’s pre­vi­ous main jockey in the coun­try, James McDon­ald, picked up an 18-month ban af­ter plead­ing guilty to break­ing the rules in 2015 by plac­ing a bet. McDon­ald, who was re­leased from his con­tract with Sheik Mo­hammed’s Godol­phin op­er­a­tion in De­cem­ber, has en­joyed suc­cess­ful stints in Bri­tain and last year briefly rode here dur­ing June and July, win­ning 19 times from 95 rides. It is en­vis­aged Doyle will fol­low the same pat­tern. Godol­phin chief ex­ec­u­tive John Ferguson said: ‘James has done very well while he’s been in Aus­tralia. He will prob­a­bly do the same as what James McDon­ald did and ride here for a cou­ple of months in the sum­mer.’ Doyle, 28, broke his wrist and dam­aged his knee in a fall at Rand­wick race­course in Syd­ney last month but he is due to re­turn to ac­tion this week­end. Doyle’s po­si­tion within the Godol­phin op­er­a­tion had seemed to be in limbo af­ter the move by Saeed bin Suroor, one of Godol­phin’s two train­ers in New­mar­ket, to no longer use him as its No 1 rider. Wil­liam Buick, Godol­phin’s other Bri­tish jockey, is linked to Godol­phin’s other New­mar­ket trainer Char­lie Ap­pleby. Bin Suroor has a num­ber of run­ners on Satur­day’s Dubai World Cup card, where the jock­eys he will use in­clude Christophe Soumil­lon, Oisin Mur­phy and Sil­vestre de Sousa. Prize Money — in the Sheema Clas­sic — and Move Up, Bin Suroor’s run­ners in the two big­gest races on the card, will both be rid­den by Adrie de Vries. Bob Baf­fert’s Ar­ro­gate, winner of the Breed­ers’ Cup Clas­sic, heads the field for the $10mil­lion World Cup.


Main man: James Doyle

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