P2P Q&A - Susie Doyle

06 November 2020

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You rode Flamenco De Kerser to win for your Dad Pat at Ballycrystal recently. Can you tell us more about this horse?

Flamenco De Kerser is a 5yo maiden horse we have. He had run three or four times before. He was second in Dromahane two weeks previous under Ben Harvey. He’s a lovely horse. He did it well that day, jumped well and travelled well the whole way. He was quite impressive. It was my first ride in a Maiden so it was lovely to get the winner.

Are you based with your Dad full-time?

I ride out for Dad three or four days a week. I also go to Jim Dreaper’s one day a week or whenever they are schooling if they need me. Then I was in Joseph O’Brien’s for the summer. I’m still there two days a week, Friday and Saturday. Usually my Dad’s the rest of the time. We have about 30 in training. A lot of 3yos at the moment. We have had a few runners this year and they have all done well so they seem to be in good form.

What horses are you looking forward to riding for the season?

I have two lovely open lightweight horses. Samanntom (IRE) has run two or three times this season already, but he wants good ground so he’s going to be put away until the spring. He was second last time out. He’s a real consistent horse and runs his heart out every time. Reigning Supreme (IRE) won twice at the end of last season. He will be back out soon and should go well. He might run in a hunter chase or two so that would be exciting. 

You are from a family steeped in racing. Can you tell me a bit about that growing up?

I have always been involved in racing, helping Dad, watching the horses, and organising things. My Mum was involved with the pony club, so we did a lot of that and tetrathlon. Then I did a lot of working hunters and eventing. I was champion in the Dublin Horse Show working hunter pony and I went to Dublin for the young riders as well. I did a lot of that before I started riding out. My brother was a jockey in England and then champion jockey in America. My sister Shannie rode a bit and my Mum runs the yard with my Dad at home. So we got a great background in horses. I have a wide interest in the racing industry, but it’s only in the last few years I started to ride out.

When did you decide to take out your licence?

I didn’t start riding out until I was about 18. We had a horse Sir Des Champs and I used to ride him out. So my Dad said if I wanted to ride him in a point-to-point then I needed to get my licence. I was only really planning on riding him there once or twice, but I progressed onto another horse and we’re here now!

Can you tell me your earliest racing memory?

One of my earliest memories was when my brother rode a bumper An Fear Doiteain (IRE) for my Dad at the Listowel Festival. He was only 16, I’d say. That was my first memory. I was only seven or eight at the time. But I have been point-to-pointing since before I could walk. We’ve had a lot of good horses go through our hands so I would have been there for all those days.

Have you ridden much on the track?

I haven’t ridden a lot on the track, but I would like to get a few more spins. I have ridden in a few bumpers and I was second in a hunter chase in Thurles. I got to ride in the Foxhunter at Cheltenham in my first season riding on Samanntom (IRE). It was amazing to ride at the Cheltenham Festival in the race after the Gold Cup. Track riding is one thing I want to do more of.

What is the best horse you have ever ridden or got the most enjoyment from?

Samanntom (IRE) has been a great servant. I’ve had six wins on him, but the one I’d say I enjoyed the most was Sydney Paget (IRE). He was a stalwart of our yard. We won 17 point-to-points with him. He is retired now, but I used to ride him out every day at home and I was lucky enough to ride a winner on him at Quakerstown in my first season before he was retired. That probably was the most sentimental winner I’ve had. He is the most phenomenal horse. Probably the favourite in our house anyway. We all loved him.

You were second in the Ladies point-to-point championship in 2018/19, just one winner off top spot. What are your hopes for this season?

It would be a dream come true to be Champion. I had a great season that year in my first season riding. It was all new and I got on a great run towards the end of the season. The horses were flying and it was great. There are a lot of good lady riders out there now and a lot of good riders in general. It’s a competitive sphere. To stay riding and get more experience and hopefully pick up a few winners would be great.

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