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Hollie Doyle: Jockey claims historic Hong Kong race win

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Hollie Doyle won the fourth and final race, in which her boyfriend Tom Marquand finished third

Hollie Doyle has become the first woman to ride a winner at the International Jockeys’ Championship in Hong Kong.

The 24-year-old capped a landmark year with victory in the final race of the competition aboard Harmony N Blessed.

Doyle was joint third overall in the event, won by Australia’s Zac Purton.

In 2020, Doyle has broken her own British record for winners ridden in a year by a woman and was the first female rider to have five winners at one meeting.

The four-race Hong Kong event sees 12 of the world’s top jockeys competing.

Two women had previously taken part – Emma-Jayne Wilson in 2007 and Chantal Sutherland two years later – but neither won a race.

Harmony N Blessed, trained by David Hayes, was the 11-10 favourite. Doyle finished ahead of the Ryan Moore-ridden Grateful Heart in second, with her boyfriend Tom Marquand third on Wind N Grass.

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