Jockey eye­ing off the big races

Central Queensland News - - RURAL WEEKLY -

ROCK­HAMP­TON jockey Thomas Doyle claimed the 30th win of his young ca­reer at Eidsvold on Satur­day and has his sights set on the bright lights of Hong Kong.

Doyle, 19, rode the fast-fin­ish­ing Du­doomp to vic­tory in the 2018 Eidsvold Cup, bolt­ing home to pip the highly fan­cied Dan­ger­ous Dan­ica at the post in a photo fin­ish.

It was the 10th ca­reer win for six-year-old mare Du­doomp, a re­mark­able ef­fort given her poor record on soft tracks.

Doyle timed his run to per­fec­tion, an im­pres­sive ride from a rel­a­tively in­ex­pe­ri­enced jockey. He grew up com­pet­ing in show jump­ing and dres­sage be­fore mak­ing the switch to the track this year.

The teenager has been rac­ing just seven months but is al­ready the top-ranked coun­try ap­pren­tice and third best jockey in coun­try Queens­land.

Both he and owner Kevin Miller said they were stoked with the Cup win on their first visit to Eidsvold.

“It was a beau­ti­ful race,” Doyle said. “The track wasn’t the best suited for this horse but she han­dled the con­di­tions well.

“We had her ex­actly where we wanted her.

“Down the straight we found the good run­ning and she was able to come home nice and strong.”

Miller said he was re­lieved to go home a win­ner af­ter a poor show­ing from an­other of his horses in the race prior.

“The races suited our horses so we de­cided to come out for a look,” he said.

“We had an­other run ear­lier, Ex­cel­cat, who didn’t have a lot of luck.

“But we’ve got a win­ner now so it’s all good.”

The per­for­mance re­in­forced Doyle’s rep­u­ta­tion as one of the best in the busi­ness in the bush. He has found his call­ing and said he’s de­ter­mined to forge a fu­ture in rac­ing at the high­est level.

“I’ve al­ways wanted to be a jockey and got of­fered a chance to ride track work,” Doyle said.

“It’s six days a week, ex­er­cis­ing thor­ough­breds for a few train­ers in Rocky.

“I want to get to Hong Kong but it will take a lot of work from here.

“I’ve just got to keep rid­ing, im­prove, and hope­fully I’ll get a chance to prove my­self rid­ing in all the big races in Syd­ney and Mel­bourne.”

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