Thursday cover: James Doyle the latest piece in Godolphin’s comeback puzzle

The National's Sport cover for the Thursday, January 8 issue, featuring Godolphin jockey James Doyle.

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The National’s Sport cover for the Thursday, January 8 issue, featuring Godolphin jockey James Doyle.

Doyle will help the stable kick off what’s hoped to be a successful lead-in to the Dubai World Cup tonight when the Dubai World Cup Carnival series begins at Meydan Racecourse.

Profiling the 26-year-old jockey, Geoffrey Riddle writes:

“To be up on millions of dirhams worth of horseflesh is nothing new to the 26-year-old rider, who scythed through the European turf season last year aboard Kingman. What is new, though, is to be doing it to the backdrop of the Dubai skyline at Godolphin’s headquarters.

“Godolphin have used several jockeys since Frankie Dettori left the international stable in 2012, with Silvestre de Sousa, Kieren Fallon, Frederick Tylicki, Richard Hughes and Harry Bentley having all taken turns to ride for Bin Suroor until November.

“It has been a cathartic process, the result of which was Doyle’s 25 mounts in Britain for Bin Suroor last year being converted into a full-time contract to ride for the international stable anytime, anywhere.

“The move is part of a Godolphin remake.”

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