James Doyle  Introduction

 

At just 29, James Doyle still has much of his career left ahead of him. What has come so far, though, is some of the most impressive racing and title winning seen in recent years. A world-class flat-racing jockey, Doyle has picked up an incredible 530 career wins and 13 major honours as a jockey from the Dubai Duty Free Stakes in 2012 to the Falmouth Stakes 2015, he’s won an incredible amount already – with much more to come, too, he’s bound to become one of the most decorated jockeys of his era.

 

Career Summary

 

Growing up in Cambridgeshire, James Doyle went on to become a jockey after the work of sister Sophie Doyle and mother Jacqueline. His mother was the trainer for Winter Derby 2000 winner, Zanay, and James got his first win on one of his mother’s steeds in Somayda. From that win at Goodwood, Doyle has gone on to claim major trophies as the years have gone by.

 

His first major trophy win came in 2012 when he won the Dubai Duty Free Stakes, winning by more than four lengths. This started a new era of his career, where he began to pick up trophies on a regular basis. As a stable jockey for Roger Charlton, Doyle began to pick up the trophies on a regular basis, with the Prince of Wales Stakes and the Eclipse Stakes followed by major honours such as the Irish 2,000 Guineas.

 

Riding for Sheikh Mohammed’ Godolphin as one of their trusted riders, Doyle has become a trophy winner and a popular jockey on the circuit.

 

Achievements & Highlights

 

Major Wins – Dubai Duty Free Stakes (2012), Tattersalls Gold Cup (2013, 2014, 2015), Prince of Wales’s Stakes (2013), Eclipse Stakes (2013), Moyglare Stud Stakes (2013), Irish 2,000 Guineas (2014), St. James’s Palace Stakes (2014), Sussex Stakes (2014), Champion Stakes (2014), Lockinge Stakes (2015), Falmouth Stakes (2015).

 

Associations – Sophie Doyle, Jacqueline Doyle, Al Kazeem, Cityscape, Kingman, Noble Mission, Rizeena, Night of Thunder.

 

Brigadier Gerard  Introduction

 

With a two-year trophy laden spell that many horses would struggle to match, Brigadier Gerard is a true legend of the horse racing industry. In a devastating career, the legendary British thoroughbred captured seventeen trophies across eighteen races. For many, it’s rated as one of the finest – if not the finest – of British horseracing in the whole of the 1900s.

 

With a win as a two-year-old in the Middle Park Stakes, things went from there as BG started to win more and more. From ages two to four, it claimed trophies galore suffering just a single defeat across its whole career.

 

Career Summary

 

That defeat came at the end, when it was beaten by Roberto in the first-ever running of the Benson & Hedges Gold Cup. With just one loss across a stellar spell, though, it’s safe to say that the career of BG could be summed up as one of perennial achievement.

 

Praised for a calm and cool temperament even when the heat was on, BG was a crowd favourite as it pulled itself into positions of power with ease. Joe Mercer was the lucky jockey to sit on the back of this legendary horse, trained by the likes of Dick Hern.

 

Together, they created a race machine that finished with a Timeform rating of 144. It was also elected by all 40 of the members of the Racegoers’ Club for the 1972 British Horse of the Year poll. It is, so far, the only horse to win the vote unanimously.

 

Achievements & Highlights

 

An incredible career that witnessed wins in everything it took part in bar one, it would be hard to give a single highlight or achievement for the horse. It even went on to become a stud in later life, although it’s success on the track was far more than its success as a sire. It’s two winning returns – Light Cavalry and Vayrann – are well-reputed horses, however. While it may have been a better racer than a sire, it’s still an important achievement to add to the plentiful list of successes it has already shared.

 

Wins – Washington Singer Stakes (1970), Middle Park Stakes (1970), 2000 Guineas (1971), St. James’s Palace Stakes (1971), Sussex Stakes (1971), Goodwood Mile (1971), Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (1971 & 1972), Champion Stakes (1971 & 1972), Westbury Stakes (1972), Lockinge Stakes (1972), Prince of Wales’s Stakes (1972), Eclipse Stakes (1972), K. George VI & Q. Elizabeth Stakes (1972).

 

Associations – John Hislop, Dick Hern.

 

Earnings – Over £250k.