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2000 Guineas-winning jockey James Doyle to leave Sheik Mohammed’s Godolphin after eight years to join Wathnan Racing as their No 1 rider

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  • James Doyle has become the retained jockey for Wathnan Racing
  • He will end an eight-season stint as second jockey to William Buick at Godolphin
  • Wathnan Racing is owned by the Emir of Qatar, Sheik Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani 

James Doyle has become the retained jockey for emerging power Wathnan Racing.

It means the 35-year-old will end an eight-season stint as second jockey to William Buick at Sheik Mohammed’s Godolphin operation.

Wathnan Racing is owned by the Emir of Qatar, Sheik Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani. They burst on to the scene at Royal Ascot with wins in the Gold Cup (Courage Mon Ami) and Queen’s Vase (Gregory).

Doyle sported the Wathnan colours when he won on Ballymount Boy at Doncaster on Saturday. Other horses in their string include French 2,000 Guineas runner-up Isaac Shelby, Mill Reef Stakes second Mister Sketch and the well-regarded, Richard Hannon-trained two-year-old Serene Seraph. 

Doyle said: ‘It’s an amazing opportunity for me.’

Classic-winning jockey James Doyle is to leave the powerful Godolphin team after eight years



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