Doyle back in the saddle in Sydney

Mike Hedge

Godolphin’s nominal Australian jockey James Doyle will be back in the saddle this week ahead of Saturday’s G1 BMW meeting at Rosehill.

Doyle has been out of action since mid-February, recovering from injuries suffered in a fall at Randwick.

The Englishman broke a bone in his hand and damage to his knee, but has declared himself keen and ready to get back into the action at Sydney’s rich Autumn carnival.

“My wrist and knee have healed well and I am delighted to resume racing on Wednesday.”

“It has been a frustrating few weeks missing out on some of the key Autumn races.”

Doyle has tested his injuries in trackwork over the past week and come through without a problem.

At this stage he is due to ride trials on Tuesday at Randwick before three rides at Warwick Farm on Wednesday.

“I have some exciting rides to look forward to for the rest of the championships and I cant wait to get back into the action.”

Doyle’s mounts will include Magic Hurricane in the G1 BMW and the two-year-old Astoria in the G3 Schweppervescence Handicap.

He is also down for rides at Thursday’s Kembla Grange meeting.

William Buick, who covered for Buick over the past two Saturday race meetings has returned to Dubai and will ride at next weekend’s Dubai World Cup meeting.

Godolphin’s Australian trainer John O’Shea paid tribute to Buick and Doyle who he said had shown “true professionalism” to fit straight into his team.

“William and James are world-class riders who have come here at short notice and rode winners straight away. They are true professionals,” O’Shea said.