Hollie Doyle Nominated for BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award

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Hollie Doyle at Wolverhampton on Tuesday | Racingfotos.com

Jockey Hollie Doyle, who won her first Group 1 race this season, was nominated for the 2020 BBC Sports Personality of the Year award. The winner is voted on by the public on Dec. 20. If she wins, Doyle would join Sir Anthony McCoy as the second winner from the sphere of racing. Doyle was named the Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year in November. She broke her own record for most winners in a calendar year by a female jockey with 117 in October and was fourth in the Flat jockeys' championship. The 24-year-old also rode five winners on the same card at Windsor in August and rode Glen Shiel (GB) (Pivotal {GB]) to win the G1 British Champions Sprint S. In addition, Doyle also celebrated a first win at Royal Ascot in 2020 with Scarlet Dragon (GB) (Sir Percy {GB}). Doyle scored with another three winners at Wolverhampton on Tuesday.

“It is a huge privilege to be nominated for such an illustrious award,” Doyle said. “It's hard to get my head around being nominated alongside the likes of Lewis Hamilton, but I'm really pleased that horse racing has been recognised alongside these sports. Racing can be in its own little bubble as such, so hopefully this might help to open the door to a wider audience.”

The other five nominees are: Formula One's Lewis Hamilton, cricket's Stuart Broad, snooker's Ronnie O'Sullivan, boxer Tyson Fury, and footballer Jordan Henderson.

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