Born in Manchester on 14 June, 1972, Darryll Holland served a three-year apprenticeship to Barry Hills from 1989. His first ride was on Budapest at Newbury on 14 June, 1989 (finished last) and his first winner on Sinclair Boy at Warwick on 7 May, 1990.

Holland rode a post-war record of 85 winners to be champion apprentice in 1991. He was a short-lived stable jockey to Mark Johnston from March-August 1995 and was the youngest rider to be appointed club jockey to the Royal Hong Kong Jockey Club in 1994/5, while he has also won a Group Two contest in Japan.

On his first Derby ride, Holland finished third on 150/1 shot Blues Traveller in 1993. Though he has yet to ride a Classic winner in this country he has won three such races on the continent, taking the German and Italian 2,000 Guineas on Dupont in 2002 and had another German Guineas success with Brunel in 2004.

Other big races to have come his way include the 1999 Coral-Eclipse on Compton Admiral and the 1998 Goodwood Cup on Double Trigger. But the best horse he has ridden was Falbrav in 2003, winning the Prix d’Ispahan, Coral-Eclipse, Juddmonte International and Queen Elizabeth II Stakes. He also partnered Warrsan to success in the 2004 Coronation Cup at Epsom Downs.

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