Hollie Doyle Blog: Sky Sports Racing ambassador returns from New York for six races at Leicester and a glimpse of French Oaks prospect | Race News
Our ambassador Hollie Doyle returns from New York for six races in Leicester on Saturday after competing in the Belmont Gold Cup and gives a glimpse of her French Classic hopes with Nashwa.
Looking for fine juvenile Loughnane debut
Young manager David Loughnane has made a big impact over the past 12 months and has an exciting squad for Royal Ascot, including the Commonwealth Cup fantasy Go Bears Go, so I can’t wait to make my debut Moltisanti for him in the British Stallion Studs EBF Restricted Maiden Stakes (5.45) opener at Leicester on Saturday.
I was impressed with his two-year-old winner Double O for Amo Racing at Pontefract midweek and this colt is certainly bred to enjoy the seven furlong journey, being by prolific Group 1 star Highland Reel and a Dubawi mare . It’s his first day at school, but Dave’s horses are very professional and tend to know their stuff.
Archie Watson watermelon sugar is aiming to extend his unbeaten record to five in the Smooth FM Selling Stakes (7.15) – a test which, in form, he should pass with flying colors.
It has already won a similar race over course and distance, when Archie and his connections went for £31,000 to buy it back at a heated auction.
Since then, Gutaifan’s son has won another seller at Thirsk for Paul Mulrennan and, with a top rating of 82, holds a clear chance with the weights very much in his favor.
Dick can rush to repeat success
by William Stone Frisky Dick love Leicester and appear to have a good chance of completing April’s win over the course and distance in the seven-stadium All Races Live On RacingTV Handicap (6.15) just 2 pounds heavier.
He is better than he showed at Newmarket last time when we were taken all the way to take the lead. He just didn’t like it, but back at Leicester in a small field, hopefully he can make it through the race on what he thinks is ideal ground.
Bay well handicapped in the Leicester sprint
Dave Evans has his team fit and shooting and Portelet Bay seems handicapped on the choice of last season’s form on the grass. He ran well in the defeat at Bath last time out and can build on that in the closing five-game Evening Racing At Leicesterraces Thursday June 23 Handicap (8.45).
Stella Barclay got a promising song from Basholo on his stable debut at Carlisle. Although she was bought cheaply in Brian Meehan’s backyard, she also has the credentials to do well if she can build on that in the five-stage Leicester Racecourse Conferences & Events Handicap (8.15).
I ride too Wow Guillaume for the first time in the mile and a half Kube – Leicester’s Premier Exhibition Space Handicap (6.45). Sir Mark Todd’s four-year-old remains lightly raced and weighs just a few pounds more than when winning the same all-weather trip to Lingfield last November.
A shorter trip is key to the classic Nashwa Hope
I am delighted that my third Nashwa from the Oaks will be able to try its luck in the French Oaks next weekend. If she goes, it will be exciting to end the week of Royal Ascot with another ride in a Classic.
Despite a great run, Frankel’s gorgeous daughter of my boss Imad Alsagar hasn’t quite seen the mile and a half at Epsom, but will return to her prime if she lines up in the Prix de Diane at Chantilly.
She has proven herself over 10+ stadiums after winning that Listed race at Newbury and appears to have come out of the Oaks well, but it all depends on how happy John and Thady Gosden are with her this coming week.
Happy with Glen at Ascot
I’m happy to report that my Platinum Jubilee hopeful Glen Shiel – a gallant runner-up in the big race last year – is in great shape ahead of Royal Ascot.
I rode him to work at Archie Watson on Tuesday and was very happy with him, but he won’t try his luck unless there is enough rain on the track next week.
The same applies to my Gold Cup contender Trueshan, who also needs some ground. Haven’t seen him recently, but I’ve been told he’s also fit and ready. Unfortunately, the heavy rain they both depend on doesn’t seem to be in the forecast.
Hollie Doyle was talking to Sky Sports Racing’s Simon Mapletoft