Payne has not been feeling well since her arrival in the UK and Ascot have put Doyle on standby just in case Payne is not able to ride in the Girls team tomorrow
HOLLIE DOYLE is on standby ready to step in and replace Michelle Payne in the Shergar Cup at Ascot on Saturday.
Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Payne has not been feeling well since she arrived in the UK and walked out of the Shergar Cup press conference on Thursday.
Doyle has been in great form this season and as her only booked ride is at Lingfield’s evening meeting she would not miss any engagements.
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Ascot’s Nick Smith said: “Michelle is feeling a little better today, I understand, and hopefully by tomorrow she’ll be fighting fit.
“As this is a unique event it made sense to put plans in place, we didn’t want to be rushing around in the morning looking for somebody to step in.
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“Hollie has a ride at Lingfield at 6.10pm but as the last race here is 4pm she won’t miss anything.”
Payne will have to prove her fitness on raceday at Ascot, said the British Horseracing Authority.
A statement issued by the BHA read: “Michelle Payne has been advised that she will be required to undertake a medical examination at the racecourse tomorrow prior to being permitted to take her declared rides.
“If Michelle Payne is not able to take her rides in the Shergar Cup, apprentice Hollie Doyle will be substituted in her place.
“Hollie Doyle will be entitled to claim her 3lb allowance.”