Sky Sports Racing ambassador Hollie Doyle celebrated her fifth Group 1 success at Goodwood on Thursday as Nashwa clinched the Nassau Stakes.
Doyle, who is the first rider to win the Nassau Stakes, celebrated her first classic success on the filly trained by John and Thady Gosden in June this year.
Giving his mount a more patient ride than his success at Chantilly, Doyle set up 5/6 favorite Nashwa at the back of the eight-rider field – Ville De Grace was retired at the start – keeping a close eye on his rivals in front then that Dreamloper was taking them. on.
Andrea Atzeni, on Fonteyn, came to join Dreamloper up front but the attention quickly turned to Doyle and Nashwa as the pair made a striking move to the outside.
Richard Hannon’s 40/1 shot Aristia rose to his challenge, with a late charge also from Doyle’s husband Tom Marquand on Lilac Road, but Nashwa proved a class above to stretch a length and three quarters.
“That’s pretty awesome. She gave me an idea then,” Doyle said. “It’s unreal, Nashwa is the horse of a lifetime and if Imad Al Sagar (owner) hadn’t given me this opportunity, I might not have enjoyed days like this.
“We were badly drawn today. I rode her aggressively in France because we had a good draw, so I wanted to keep my position. Today, between her work from her previous race, she knows what she done here. So I didn’t’ I don’t want to light it up and ride it from a rhythm angle, so Mr. Gosden told me to ride it that way today.
“I went down the hill with a double grip and it travels great, but it takes a while to get up to speed. I was aware of keeping it balanced on the incline.
“It’s her perfect trip (10 furlongs). She has high cruising speed and sees it very well. She’s push button and you can ride her anywhere which is really nice.”
Hollie Doyle is a star. She has an amazing work ethic…she brings credit to anyone in any industry.
John Gosden said: “She has gained a bit of control but she is a great filly who is improving all the time. Her owner-breeder Imad Al Sagar keeps pictures of her and she has changed a lot this year alone .
“I think next time we might have to put on a pacemaker. She’s versatile to do it from the rhythm. She’s a talented filly and I think we’ll stay against the fillies in something like the Prix de l’Opéra. I don’t want to rush to face foals this year, maybe next year.
“We tried over a mile and a half at Epsom and she didn’t quite make the trip. She won the Diane and the Nassau so you can never ask for more from a filly. She has the frame to improve again in the fall and next year.”
He added: “Hollie Doyle is a star. She has an incredible work ethic. As a rider she is very savvy and strong with great balance. She has the most wonderful personality and she is so diligent and focused – she anyone in any line of work.”
Richard Hannon was delighted with Aristia’s performance in second place. “She’s still a filly that massively exceeds what you expected,” he said.
“For some reason she didn’t get into her coat until well after Ascot, we got her back and she looks like a million bucks. She ran a great race and we have the rest of the season to look forward to.
“She finished second to a very good filly there. Everything is an option now. She is a filly with a lot of wingspan, we are delighted with her today.
“There are some great races coming up and I would like to hope that she continues to train next year.”
Doyle quickly scored a brace on day three of the Goodwood Festival, teaming up with coach Michael Dods for the first time to great effect with Prairie Falcon (14/1) in the Handicap Nursery Jaeger-LeCoultre.
at Clive Cox Go forward came with a powerful run over the usually underprivileged middle of the track to win the World Pool Handicap by five furlongs.
Sixth at Queen Mary last season, she had been unlucky in five outings this campaign but found her way to victory under Adam Kirby at 7/1.
Jonny Peate luckily escaped serious injury when his saddle slipped on Sophie’s Star.