Jockey James Doyle had arguably the biggest week of his career last week, as he won three races at Royal Ascot. The 25-year-old claimed the Prince of Wales's Stakes, his first Group One victory in the United Kingdom, and as such things are starting to look up for him.
The odds of winning three races at such a prestigious event are long, but Doyle is quickly becoming a favourite with bwinbetting.com punters. Although he admits that he has had dark days in his career, Doyle is revelling in his recent accomplishments.
"It's amazing. It's the biggest festival of the year for us, everyone's watching," he said, according to The Guardian.
"I mean, I had good rides but it's nice when the day comes together and everything works out. I've done lots of interviews, I've had lots of good publicity about it, so it can only poke me in one direction, I hope."
Doyle is set to claim over £30,000 in prize money, something he could have only dreamed about a couple of years ago - when he admits that he considered other career options.
"It's tough for a jockey," Doyle admitted.
"If you're only getting 20 or 30 winners a year, it is very tough to make it pay and you're breaking even most months. It doesn't actually pay to keep slogging along like that but people do it for the lucky breaks."
Despite his horse racing career not living up to its billing in 2011, Doyle says he always had faith that he would turn things around and become a successful jockey.
"I never really doubted myself. Obviously, a few times when you're down and things aren't going your way, it's hard not to. I always hoped I'd get to where I am," he said.
However, with Doyle's most recent wins, the 25-year-old can expect things to be a lot rosier and will hope to repeat his Royal Ascot performances on the world stage for years to come.