A FLAT RACE jockey has made history as she became the winning-most female jockey in a calendar year in Britain.

Hollie Doyle broke the record as she gained her 107th success of 2019 on Class Clown at Southwell on Thursday.

Doyle, who grew up in Herefordshire, equalled Josephine Gordon's tally of 106, which was achieved in 2017, at Wolverhampton on Saturday.

She then did not have to wait too long to overtake her friend and colleague, although she had agonisingly ridden three seconds on Wednesday.

Sent off the 4-1 favourite, Class Clown, trained by David Barron, took the Ladbrokes Where The Nation Plays Nursery Handicap by head following a thrilling battle.

"He's a big baby, but the further we went the better he was," Doyle told Sky Sports Racing.

"Two out I thought we'd get there nice and easy, but he had to work hard for it. Half a furlong out I didn't think we'd get by, but the penny dropped eventually.

"I feel a bit emotional and really grateful. I'm just very lucky."

Doyle, 23, grew up around horse racing in Ivington before leaving home in pursuit of her dream job.

She became the third woman to reach a century in a year after Gordon and Hayley Turner when winning on The Perfect Crown at Chelmsford on November 21.

After bringing up the century, Doyle said her main aim for 2020 was to land a Group-race victory. She has already had five Listed winners, together with success at the Shergar Cup.

Gordon said: "Myself and Hollie started riding at kind of the same time, so to see her do it is brilliant. I know how hard she works.

"I would have liked to have held the record longer, but I'm not going to be too fussy!

"We're going to see more records broken in the next couple of years by the girls, and maybe it won't be such a big deal in time.

"She's a grafter and she deserves it."

Archie Watson, who has provided Doyle with over 40 winners this year, said: "The main thing with Hollie is she gives them a ride every time.

"I know all jockeys make mistakes, but I think she makes less than most - she's very consistent. She deserves every success, she works very hard and is a very talented jockey.

"I'm delighted she's managed to get the record."

Echoing the thoughts of Watson, Barron said: "It's great for Hollie - I'm delighted for her.

"She's had the odd ride for us. Obviously she's mainly based down south, so we haven't used her a lot and that's her first winner for us.

"She gave him a very good ride as he wouldn't be the most straightforward of horses, but she got him going.

"She is very strong in a finish."