Hollie Doyle became only the third female rider to partner a winner at Royal Ascot when Scarlet Dragon struck on Friday.
Doyle – who already holds the record for number of winners ridden in a calendar year by a female – joins Gay Kelleway and Hayley Turner on the Ascot roll of honour.Sponsored link
The Alan King-trained Scarlet Dragon was a largely unconsidered 33/1 shot for the finale on day four of the showpiece meeting and remained well back in the field rounding the turn for home.
However, Doyle kept her cool and managed to weave a passage between horses to pick up both the front-running West End Charmer and Deja, beating the latter by half a length.
Doyle said: “I can’t talk, it feels amazing, it’s so weird I’ve done it on this horse, as he was my first big handicap winner as an apprentice so to do it on him and for Mr (Henry) Ponsonby (owner) is great.
“I used to find him incredibly keen as an apprentice, he was one of the reasons I knew I had to strengthen up. I have to thank Mr Ponsonby, he’s given me so many opportunities. I know this lad well now, the day we won the Old Rowley Cup I had to sit and suffer on him a bit, but he travels really well and it suited him today.
“This means a huge amount – you arrive every year with high hopes, but it’s very hard to come across winners.”