FLAT race jockey Hollie Doyle is preparing to get back on the track next week as the sport resumes.

Doyle, whose family still live where she grew up in Ivington, broke the record for the most winners in a year by a female jockey last year finishing on 116 wins out of 819 rides.

She was on course to challenge her own record again this year winning 35 times on 204 rides before racing was curtailed on March 18.

Former Radnor and West Herefordshire Pony Club member Doyle usually races 12 months a year but the Covid-19 outbreak has forced her to adapt to lockdown life.

"It was a bit weird in the first few weeks and everything was a bit up in the air," said Doyle.

"It was a bit of a culture shock as I'm used to being flat out all year around. I went from that to having nothing to do.

"I just carried out riding every day and keeping fit. There was no racing obviously but the show was still going on with riding the horses, so that side of it hasn't changed.

"It's been hard as things were going great before this happened and I'm just looking to pick up where I left off."

Doyle will return to racing at Newcastle on Tuesday with three rides booked before also riding at Yarmouth the following day.

Despite racing returning it will have a very different feel, taking place behind closed doors with a host of restrictions.

Social distancing restrictions will be enforced for anybody working at race meetings and jockeys will have to wear face masks.

The British Horse racing Authority is also planning to monitor the virus in the racing communities, which will include testing.

Doyle is targeting success at Royal Ascot later this month which being held between June 16 and 20, but with no crowd it will also have a very different feel.

"This time of year is supposed to be the peak of the season and it will be good to get back racing," added Doyle.

"I think it's going to be far from normal with all the procedures we have got to go through. It's about keeping everything safe.

"Racing has been ran in the last few months, in Australia it never stopped, also France have been back racing so I don't see why not in England.

"I'm looking forward to Royal Ascot hopefully but it will be very different.

"I'm just really grateful to have racing back."