Doyle Anticipating Return Sooner Than Expected

Top jockey Hollie Doyle, who has been recovering from an elbow injury suffered in a fall at Wolverhampton on Jan. 17, could be back in action before previously thought. The 26-year-old rider was expected to be out for several weeks, but has been rehabilitating at Oaksey House in Lambourne since the injury and increasing her chances of an earlier return.

“I saw a specialist yesterday and he said things couldn’t be any better for the stage we are at,” she told Sky Sports Racing on Friday.

A six-time Group 1-winning rider, who was the first female to win a Classic aboard Nashwa (GB) (Frankel {GB}) in the G1 Prix Du Diane last year and is the retained rider for owner Imad Al Sagar’s Blue Diamond Stud, said she has a four- to five-week timeframe to return but hopes to be back in the saddle sooner.

“I’m hoping within the next few weeks I’ll be back on track,” Doyle said. “I dislocated my elbow and ruptured both ligaments around my elbow–and fractured it as well–but thankfully it put itself back into place which was good and I haven’t had to have it operated on.

“Worst case scenario is another four or five weeks off, but I’m hoping to be back sooner than that.”

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