James Doyle has been retained as number one jockey for Khalid Abdullah in Britain and in doing so has landed the ride on Solario Stakes favourite Kingman on Saturday.
Boyle has ridden 18 winners in the prince’s silk over the last three years in the UK and also teamed up with him with success on Cityscape in the 2012 Dubai Duty Free at Meydan during their carnival of racing.
2013 has been a good year so far for the 25-year old. He has picked up three Group One wins in the UK and Ireland, all of which while on board Al Zazeem. The pair surprised odds-on favourite Camelot in the Tattersalls Gold Cup earlier this season in Ireland.
They then went into the Prince of Wales’s Stakes as one of the fancied runners and just got up to pip the pace setter Mukhadram by a neck.
His highlight of the season came in the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown. The 15/8 favourite with the current Bet365 in-play bet offer finished two lengths ahead of Declaration of War, while Mars and The Fugue were further behind in the race which is part of the Qipco Champion Series.
The only disappointment for the pair so far in the campaign came in his latest run in the Juddmonte International. Roger Charlton’s runner went off as the 11/8 favourite in the betting for his fourth Group One of the year but could do no better than third. Doyle chose to track the leaders in the early stages and looked to be going well with three furlongs to go.
However, when he chose to ask questions of his horse, he was unable to pick up to match Declaration of War or Trading Leather for pace on fast ground on the Kanvesmire at York.
The next time the young jockey gets on the horse is likely to be in the Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe in Paris at Longchamp for Europe’s premier race.