Sky Sports Racing Ambassador Hollie Doyle walks us through her choice of rides this weekend, which includes the progressive Came From The Dark in the Palace House Stakes and Albadri in the 2000 Guineas.
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 column.
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 hikes and best luck at our fantastic festivals this summer, as well as sharing my own thoughts on the star performers of all the big races, starting with the Guineas reunion in Newmarket.
Hoping the darkness can light up the guinea day
COME FROM BLACK is the new kid on the block in the top league sprint division, but is well worth his place in Group 3 Betfair Palace House Stakes (2.25) on day one of an exciting classic weekend at Newmarket.
He doesn’t have a lot of miles on the clock for a five year old but gives me the feeling he’s ready to win a race at this level so I can’t wait to get back on board. His trainer Ed Walker always thought about him a lot and he certainly gave me a great feeling in Newbury, finishing strong to win a Class 2 handicap.
It will have trusted him in the world of good and I’m happy to be drawn alongside the likely favorite. Lazuli, who likes to move forward. My only concern is whether he will handle the track, but if he does he will do his best at the finish.
I also hope that EMBOURN May run well for Ruth Carr in the Betfair Exchange Handicap (4.15) on the back of her victory at Redcar. I feel like I rekindled an old friendship as I mounted him in his job when I was an apprentice at Richard Hannon and I don’t see why he won’t manage the track.
Savor my first tour of Guinea
Although I have no illusions about the task ahead, I can’t wait to do my first round in the QIPCO 2000 Guineas on Jane Chapple-Hyam’s ALBADRI. He’s an outsider, but just participating in a Classic will be a wonderful experience for me.
I rode Albadri in the Saudi Derby which was another great experience even though he wasn’t himself there. I will ride him to overtake a few horses in later stages on Saturday and hope he can at least come out of the race with some credit.
Aidan O’Brien’s likely favorite Wembley ran a solid race in the Dewhurst, meeting the demands of this track well and should give Ryan Moore a great race, but he has something to prove. For starters, he has never encountered such fast terrain and has to prove that he really gets a mile.
Master of the seas, on the other hand, is already a winner at this course and this distance, impressing William Buick enough in the Craven Stakes to pick him over the smart A ruler. I took this trial and was impressed with how the colt did the job, even though he did it the hard way.
Big day for the boss in Salisbury
I hope to make it an unforgettable day in Salisbury on Sunday for my boss, owner Imad Alsagar, who sends the first rider of his Decorated Knight stallion to the track in filly conditions (1.00).
WOMEN’S SILVER BULLET has made good progress for his trainer Roger Charlton and is ready to take to a racetrack in what seems like an ideal starting point on a fair track so close to his home.
I have been to Beckhampton several times to mount her work and expect it to perform well. A half-sister to eight winners, she has a pleasant demeanor and it would be amazing for Imad’s Blue Diamond Stud if she could get the decorated knight started on the fly.
Classic glory within Tom’s reach
Although I’m in action at Salisbury on Sunday, I’ll be glued to the TV screen yelling at my fiance Tom Marquand in the QIPCO 1000 Guineas.
Tom takes a plum ride SACRED for William Haggas, who really impressed me when he won the Nell Gwyn Stakes in Newmarket a few weeks ago – a key try. Ryan Moore had a great race against her that day and the way she put the race to sleep with a speed boost was the mark of a classy filly.
I also liked the way she pricked her ears as she approached the line, suggesting there was a lot more under the hood than she hinted at. She has more experience than the favorite Santa barbara, which is important in a race like this, and should have no problem seeing the kilometer.
Fully focused on the Jockeys title fight
Becoming a Champion Jockey would be a dream and I plan to give my all to make it happen. In all fairness, it would be nothing short of a miracle if I were to be crowned Champion in October, but that doesn’t stop me from trying!
With Archie Watson and my boss Imad Alsagar behind me, I know I can look forward to riding a lot of good horses in the best races this summer, and I am also fortunate to have the support of many other loyal trainers and owners. . I will travel anywhere for a chance to win!
It’s going to be difficult to match the progress with the defending champion Oisin Murphy and William buick, both of which have large, powerful stables behind them with hundreds of horses. Tom (Marquand) has made a good start since returning from Australia and also has a great coach to pilot in William Haggas.
Despite that, I’m happy with my basic fitness and have the momentum of almost 60 winners behind me since the start of the year after a brace at Chelmsford City on Thursday. I worked hard on my strength and fitness in the gym during the winter and it will come in handy for the battles to come.