Fresh from being named Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year, Hollie Doyle has been nominated for this year’s BBC Sports Personality of the Year. The winner will be announced on December 20.
Doyle has been nominated alongside Lewis Hamilton, Stuart Broad and Jordan Henderson.
It is further recognition for Doyle, who has enjoyed a phenomenal year that saw her break her own record for number of winners achieved by a woman during a calendar year, claim a maiden victory at Royal Ascot, and become the first woman to ride five winners on a card at Windsor in August.
There was further success at British Champions Day in October when Doyle partnered the Archie Watson-trained Glen Shiel to victory in the QIPCO British Champions Sprint Stakes to seal a first Group 1 victory.
Doyle, speaking to Great British Racing, said: “It is a huge privilege to be nominated for such an illustrious award. 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 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.”
Sir Anthony McCoy, receipt of the award in 2015, also spoke to Great British Racing and added: “Hollie has got on with her job quietly, confidently, and successfully. She seems more interested in walking the walk than talking the talk.
“She lets her achievements do the talking and there’s a lot to learn from Hollie. She keeps her head down, she works hard and understands the need to make herself better all the time. Honestly, I’m a little bit jealous of her. A thoroughly deserved nomination.”