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James Doyle to Ride for Roger Varian and Wathnan Racing

Top Jockey James Doyle Makes Moves

Former Godolphin jockey, James Doyle, is gearing up to team up with leading trainer Roger Varian this Flat season. He recently left his position as the number two rider for Godolphin to become the retained jockey for the ultra-wealthy Qatari outfit, Wathnan Racing.

New Partnership with Roger Varian

Doyle, a Classic-winning rider, will be joining forces with Roger Varian this year as the trainer was on the lookout for a new jockey after David Egan took on a new role with Amo Racing. Doyle has a successful history with Varian, having ridden big winners for the yard in the past.

Exciting Prospects Ahead

Doyle expressed his excitement for the upcoming season, mentioning his interest in potentially competing for the jockeys' title. Despite acknowledging the tough competition from William Buick and Oisin Murphy, Doyle is looking forward to the challenge, especially with the support of a prestigious yard like Varian's.

Return to the Saddle

After taking some time off to address a minor injury concern, Doyle is set to return to racing in March. He is eagerly anticipating riding the talented horses owned by Wathnan Racing, including Group-class horses like Courage Mon Ami and Gregory.

Championship Aspirations

While Doyle faces challenges due to weight restrictions, he remains determined to give the jockeys' championship a shot. With the backing of Wathnan Racing and the possibility of occasional rides from other reputable trainers, Doyle is ready to take on the competition as the season unfolds.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does a racing term describing a horse as “stayer” mean?

In racing terminology, a ‘stayer’ is a type of horse that excels on long distances. These distances typically exceed a mile and four-furlongs. Stayers need to be fast and have endurance in order to keep up a good pace for long races. Renowned stayers are often seen competing in long-distance events such as the Ascot Gold Cup.

How can i learn to read race cards?

Reading a racecard is crucial for understanding the key information about a race and the horses running in it. A racecard usually lists information such as the horse’s name, age and weight, along with the trainer, jockey and form figures that show past performance. Understanding this information can help you make better betting decisions by allowing you to gauge the chances of each horse. As part of customer service, many racecourses and betting companies offer guides on how to read racecards.

What does ‘photofinish’ in horseracing mean?

A ‘photo finish’ occurs when two or more horses cross the finish line so closely together that it is impossible to determine the winner with the naked eye. In such cases, race officials utilize a finish-line cam that takes images at high speeds in order to examine the exact moment when each horse’s face reaches line. Officials can accurately determine the order of finish by using the photo finish image.

What is the meaning of ‘Going?’ in horse racing

The surface of a track is described as “going” on the morning of a racing event. It is a critical factor that can affect the performance of the horses and the outcome of a race. The Going’ can range between heavy, which means a very wet and slick track, and firm, meaning a hard and arid surface. There are several grades in between: soft, soft to good, soft to firm, hard. Trainers or jockeys need to consider the “Going”, especially when it comes to choosing equipment and racing strategy.

There are different types of races for horses in the UK.

There are several types of horse race in the UK. These include Flat racing, National Hunt racing (or jump racing), and other races. Flat racing does not include obstacles and is run on flat tracks from 5 feet to more than 2 miles. National Hunt racing emphasizes horse speed and jumping abilities, with races such as steeplechases containing a series obstacles. These two broad categories have variations like handicaps, conditions, and maidens. Each race has a specific entry requirement and rule.

What is the significance behind the jockey’s sashes?

The jockeys’ silks are colorful, patterned clothing worn by the jockeys during races. Each set has a unique number and is registered to a horse’s owner. This allows spectators and officials the ability to quickly identify horses in the race. Silks are often a tradition or hold sentimental value for their owners. They can be adorned with a variety colors, patterns, and symbols.


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  • The Royal Ascot, held annually in June, draws crowds of 300,000 over its five-day meeting.
  • The prize money for the Epsom Derby stands at approximately £1.5 million, with the winner taking home a substantial portion of this sum.
  • Horse racing contributes an estimated £3.7 billion to the UK economy directly and indirectly each year.
  • In the UK, more than 14,000 people are employed directly in the horse racing industry.
  • The Grand National at Aintree boasts a prize fund of around £1 million, making it the most valuable jump race in Europe.

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How to Prepare For A Jockey Career In The UK

In the UK, aspiring jockeys should begin with a foundation training course at the British Racing School, or Northern Racing College. They will receive instruction in horse care and fitness, as well as education on how to ride a horse. It is then necessary to complete an apprentice or conditional jockey program where the rider can gain real-world experience. Maintaining the right weight and maintaining physical fitness are important. Potential jockeys need to acquire a license from the British Horseracing Authority, which involves passing practical assessments and exams on racing rules. Career development for jockeys is based on continuous professional growth and personal fitness regimens.

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