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Friday, 14 December, 2018

Doyle sidelined after being knocked out at Redcar

Hollie Doyle: spent the night at the James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough
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Apprentice Hollie Doyle, who was taken to hospital after being knocked out in a fall at Redcar on Monday, is hoping to return to action next week after x-rays revealed no breaks or serious injuries.

Doyle, who is based with leading trainer Richard Hannon, was riding Champagne Queen for Rae Guest when the filly fell early in the 6f handicap. 

The 20-year-old spent the night at James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough, but was on her way back south on Tuesday.

"I haven't broken anything but I've been stood down for a week because I got knocked out," she said. 

"I'll have to pass a concussion test next Monday or Tuesday, but I feel fine, although a bit achy. It could have been worse."

Doyle landed a £140,000 handicap on the Eve Johnson Houghton-trained Scarlet Dragon last term and is "about 35 winners" from losing her 3lb claim.

She added: "I can remember everything and I think she just took a false step or caught one of her front legs on the horse next to me, rather than one in front, because she went sideways rather than forwards."

Champagne Queen was also reported to be in good order on Tuesday by Guest, who said: "She's 100 per cent. She's got a few cuts but the vet checked her out at the races yesterday and she was fine. She's eaten most of her food so she's not feeling any ill effects."

I feel fine, although a bit achy. It could have been worse

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