Sky Sports Racing Ambassador Hollie Doyle talks about her rides at the Boodles May Festival, including Long Distance Cup hero Trueshan in the Ormonde Stakes.
The new Flat season promises to be the most exciting yet, so I’m excited to share my journey with you in my new exclusive blog.
I am looking for more success at the highest level and although it is a difficult challenge, I am determined to do my best to become the first champion jockey.
I will be running the rule on my weekend races and my best chances at our fantastic festivals this summer, as well as sharing my own thoughts on the star performers of all the big races.
Today I look forward to the Boodles May Festival in Chester, live on Sky Sports Racing.
Hoping for a real test for Trueshan
I’m so excited to be back on my Champions Day hero TRUESHAN in the Ormonde Stakes (3.15) Thursday – one of two live chances on day two of the Chester’s Boodles May Festival.
The rain that has fallen in the Northwest over the past few days will help my boy as he prefers to set foot just like he did when he won the Long Distance Cup at Ascot in October.
Alan King would have started his campaign at Ascot last week if the pitch hadn’t been too fast but this Group 3 seems like a nice enough place to start and Alan can be counted on to be fit and well enough. to do justice.
Japan is clearly the one to beat but he too is making his first descent of the year and must prove himself during this long journey. As long as we have a good gallop, which is usually the case around Chester, I’m sure my horse will run our race.
Wednesday May 5 12:45 p.m.
Knight fit and ready for Chester Dash
CORINTHIA KNIGHT has been a true flag bearer for Archie Watson and promises to run a great race in the Satchell Moran Solicitors Business Interruption Claims Handicap (1.45) above the 5f flying in Chester on Thursday.
He did well for a break and confirmed it with a nice comeback run around Chelmsford City last month. I’m happy with my draw in fifth stall because he’s lucky to have a pace early enough to take a top position.
Gate speed is so vital in sprints around Chester because everyone has the same idea. They all want to move on! You always need a little luck, but I couldn’t be happier with him.
I also have races for two of my best supporters, Tony Carroll and Dave Evans. PROTON Hopefully he will come for his race at Leicester when he lines up in the 10.5f (3.45) handicap. It was his first since winning a rookie hurdle for Tony at Ludlow early last year, while Dave GRAFTONAT will have to improve on what he has achieved so far to feature in the two-year-old (4,15).
Beaten by a mustache but delighted with ‘Dark’
It’s always frustrating to be beaten by a narrow margin, especially in a big race, but I was absolutely delighted to COMING FROM THE DARKNESS neck second in the Group 3 Palace House Stakes over 2,000 guineas a day in Newmarket.
It was the first time Ed Walker’s five-year-old had entered Pattern Company but, as I expected, he was out of place and would have won with another stride – even if we did not get the best of points.
He’s the guy who doesn’t really like seeing daylight and likes to challenge between horses, so I rode him to play with his strength, but I just got held up for a few vital strides. I have no doubt that he got up with a flawless race.
There is a lot of fun to be had with him this summer and it will be interesting to see how he fares if Ed decides to cast him in Group 1 King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot next month. It has run well there before, so you’ll have to be optimistic for another great performance.
Parade Ring Fall refuses my debut in Guinea
I was really looking forward to my very first race in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket on Saturday but never made it to the track after my mount. ALBADRI straightened up and fell heavily as she left the parade ring.
It was a shock because he had never done anything like this before, but luckily I fell far from him so I wasn’t hurt.
At least there was some compensation for her trainer Jane Chapple-Hyam when her filly SAFRAN BEACH finished a brilliant second of the 1000 Guineas on Sunday. Jane prepares her horses impeccably so it was great to see the filly build on her second in the Nell Gwyn.
Winner Mother Earth brought more experience to the race, having done well in the Fillies ‘Mile on course and distance and in the Breeders’ Cup. Frankie Dettori put her in a beautiful rhythm and she always seemed to me the winner. It was a remarkable achievement for Aidan O’Brien, becoming the first coach to win the Classic three times in a row in over 100 years.
Bullet has Queen Mary’s credentials
I couldn’t have been happier with WOMEN’S SILVER BULLET A winning debut in a race in Salisbury conditions on Sunday. She was the first runner of my boss Imad Alsagar’s Decorated Knight stallion, so it was a perfect result – although the race didn’t go entirely as planned.
The filly took a sharp right out of the stalls and lost quite a bit of ground, but once I got her into a rhythm her natural speed carried her through the race. She still had a lot of ground to catch up by the time we hit the cut-away, but she really figured it out to win from the start.
Roger Charlton, her trainer, will discuss her plans with Imad but I see no reason why she shouldn’t make it to Royal Ascot next month. She will improve tons and tons for this victory so that Group 2 Queen Mary Stakes can be the ideal race.
Bonnie the highlight of my Bath highs
Jonny Portman only paid 4000 gns for Kodi Bear filly SIENNA BONNIE but that didn’t stop her from launching into a Bath rookie on Monday, starting my hat-trick for three different coaches.
She had shown lots of promise on her Windsor debut and really knew her job, racing every yard to win by eight and a half lengths.
Jonny has a real talent for coping well with two-year-old fillies. He won a Listed race with Mild Illusion in 2019 and the Weatherbys Super Sprint in Newbury with Ms Danvers three years earlier. He has similar plans for this filly, who looks like an ideal type for sales races and can only improve for the experience as she still felt pretty green.