Rejected Doyle still has high hopes
Andy Leung Ting-wah's former stable jockey Brett Doyle will now ponder offers to ride in Dubai and Singapore after the Hong Kong Jockey Club's licensing committee rejected his application to ride here from late February to the end of the season.
The committee did approve extensions to Steven King and Eric Saint-Martin's Club Jockey licences until the end of the campaign but, at this time, did not grant Corey Brown a similar extension.
Doyle, thick with cold and temporarily sidelined due to Britain's harsh whip laws, said from Newmarket yesterday: 'The feeling seems to be that my application was too soon after my split with Andy, but I will definitely be reapplying for a Club Jockey position from the start of next season and very much hope I'm successful. I'd like to think the door is still open.
'I was waiting on the licensing committee's decision as I've already had inquiries from Singapore and Dubai.'
Doyle, who split amicably with Leung during the middle of October, was twice champion jockey of Dubai during the British close season. He added: 'At the moment I'm swaying towards Dubai but I may also make inquiries about Japan.'
Former Club Jockey David Harrison is currently riding in Japan and Doyle went on: 'I spoke to David last week. He's already ridden four winners out there and says more opportunities should arise now that Olivier Peslier and Mouse [Michael Roberts] have finished their stints.'
Brown ended a long losing streak with a success on David Hayes' heavily backed All Thrills Too in Sunday's opening race. It is understood he can still resubmit an application for an extension as he's licensed March 25. Much will depend on how he goes in the next three months.