James Doyle was born into a racing family, being the son of former trainer Jacqui Doyle, while his older sister Sophie is also a jockey.
After a promising start to his career, the winners began to dry up and by 2010 he considered turning his back on racing and even enrolled on a plumbing course. However, an upturn in the number of winners in 2011 caused Doyle to reconsider his decision and he never started the plumbing course.
In 2012, he became stable jockey to the powerful Roger Charlton and enjoyed the biggest victory of his career on Cityscape in the 2012 Dubai Duty Free at Meydan while he rode two seconds in the QIPCO British Champions Series, on Bated Breath in the King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot and on Cityscape in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes on QIPCO British Champions Day.
He broke his Series duck in great style on Al Kazeem in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes, timing his challenge perfectly to get up in the shadow of the post to record his first British Group 1 race victory, and he swiftly followed that with more glory on the same horse in the Coral-Eclipse.
In late August 2013 he landed the plum job of being retained jockey for Prince Khalid Abdullah and he rode the hot favourite, Kingman, in the QIPCO 2000 Guineas, but was beaten into second place by outsider Night Of Thunder.
He made up for that by landing the the St James’s Palace Stakes, with the same horse and subsequently turning the form around with Night Of Thunder with ease and followed that with an ultimately impressive victory in the QIPCO Sussex Stakes, where he beat the previous year’s winner, Toronado.
His next Series win came in the QIPCO Champion Stakes on board Noble Mission, a full brother to Frankel.
2015 saw Doyle open his QIPCO British Champions Series account with victory aboard Night Of Thunder in the Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes and he partnered Amazing Maria to success in the QIPCO Falmouth Stakes a few weeks later.
In 2017, Doyle’s two series wins came in very quick succession when he enjoyed enjoyed a fabulous time at Royal Ascot – winning the St James’s Palace Stakes (on Barney Roy) and Gold Cup two days later (on Big Orange) in one of racing’s most memorable duels, with Order of St George.
In both 2018 and 2019 Doyle secured three Series wins in each year. In 2018 he won the Prince of Wales’s Stakes and the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Poet’s Word) and the Darley Yorkshire Oaks (Sea Of Class).
His 2019 tally, also three, consisted of a memorable double at Royal Ascot aboard the amazingly talented Blue Point. The pair took the 5f King’s Stand Stakes on the Tuesday before lining up again later in the week in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes over 6f. The pair duly obliged. His third win in 2019 came in the Betfair Sprint Cup with Hello Youmzain for trainer, Kevin Ryan.
2020 got off to an excellent start for Doyle, winning the Prince of Wales’s Stakes for the third time aboard Lord North.
Doyle is a QIPCO British Champions Series heavyweight and has many more Series races in him.