Doyle races back to Central Districts base

16:00, Nov 21 2012

Senior jockey Shannon Doyle has moved back to New Plymouth after five months in Matamata.

After riding successfully out of New Plymouth for several seasons, Doyle headed north to try his luck last autumn.

He spent three months attached to Lance Noble's Matamata stable before combining race riding with track and trials work for leading Matamata trainer John Sargent.

Doyle has struggled with his weight but has it under control.

He can ride at 55kg without too much wasting.

The 31-year-old will be a welcome addition to the Central Districts riding ranks with his ability to mix flat riding with jumps.


With more than 100 career wins, Doyle rode Bangalore Bullet to win last season's Listed Gore and Dunedin Guineas.

Doyle is seeking more riding opportunities than when based in the north.

He has five confirmed rides at tomorrow's Taranaki Thoroughbred Racing twilight meeting at Pukekura Raceway in New Plymouth. He starts the day on Just The Tip in race one.

His other rides are Complete, Hi Yo Ko, Kashmir Kid and Torrado. The latter two carry good form.