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Holden provides Hollie with 150th winner of the year
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Holden provides Hollie with 150th winner of the year
on 22 December 2020
Kilkenny trainer Ellmarie Holden's Darwell Lion was given an excellent ride by Hollie Doyle to win on his debut at Lingfield today

Hollie Doyle continued to take the headlines as she secured her 150th winner of 2020 aboard the Ellmarie Holden-trained Darwell Lion at Lingfield.

Record-breaking Doyle capped her remarkable year by finishing third in the BBC Sports Personality of the Year poll on Sunday and reached her latest milestone two days later with a clear-cut victory on the Irish challenger.

The two-year-old was a 4-1 shot for his racecourse debut in the Play Ladbrokes 5-A-Side On Football EBF Novice Stakes and overcame signs of inexperience to power down the outside and score nicely by a length from La Tihaty.

Doyle had already surpassed her own record tally for the most winners in a calendar year by a female jockey, set in 2019 – and pulled off a brilliant Champions Day double at Ascot in October, including her first Group 1 aboard Glen Shiel in the British Champions Sprint.

Darwell Lion, a son of The Last Lion, looks a colt worth following. He looked green in the early stages but made up significant ground on the turn into the straight before moving to the front, while still looking an awkward ride for Doyle. He became Holden's first winner on the flat or jumps in Britain.

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