Hollie Doyle Blog: Happy Romance the Hungerford Stakes pick and happy retirement at Glen Shiel | Race News
Sky Sports Racing Ambassador Hollie Doyle talks about her four Saturday races, including Happy Romance in the Hungerford Stakes, and pays tribute to Group 1 winner sprinter Glen Shiel.
Glad to be romanced in Hungerford
happy romance love it at Newbury and have what it takes to defend in strong Group 2 renewal BetVictor Hungerford Stakes (3.35) Saturday.
Richard Hannon’s filly won the Super Sprint on the Berkshire track as a two-year-old and won the Group 3 Hackwood Stakes over six furlongs last summer.
She has since proven herself over Saturday’s seven furlongs by finishing third in the prized Turf Sprint in Saudi Arabia in February as well.
The fast terrain provided suits her and her run at Hackwood this year was better than the form figures suggest, as she didn’t get the best of runs.
My husband Tom (Marquand) seems to be the one to beat on William Haggas’ Tiber Flow, who did quite well in the Commonwealth Cup Group 1 the last time we saw him in action.
I’ve ridden a few of my more expensive rivals, including Eve Johnson Houghton’s Jumby, which deserves its place in this category, and Clive Cox’s Wings Of War rider, who ran a solid run for me at the Curragh last weekend and promises to enjoy the longer journey.
Outbox to get back on track
Good to have the Hambleton Racing globetrotter Outbox back on the track in the Group 3 BetVictor Geoffrey Freer Stakes (2.30) after a break in mid-summer.
His trainer Archie Watson gave him a rest after his disappointing race at Belmont Park in America in June and I hope he comes back as fresh and fired up as he was when he won a valuable race in Qatar in February .
Lauren, who rides him at home, couldn’t be happier with him and he looks stunning, but although he’s a real star he has a mind of his own and you never know exactly which box of shipment you are going to get.
We decided to replace the blinders with cheekbones, which worked well when he wore them to win the Listed Fred Archer Stakes at Newmarket last summer, and if he’s in the same mood, he can certainly do well happen.
Quest for Black Type in Listed Contest
There are precious black characters to win in the Denford stakes rated (1.55)which attracted only five runners including my mount City of Gold.
It’s nice to run Nick Bradley Racing, who do so well with their two-year-old fillies, and this daughter of French sire Galiway has gotten her career off to a perfect start.
She won on her Brighton debut for a burgeoning manager in Harry Eustace and although she needs to take her form to another level quickly, hopefully we can increase her value by at least making the frame.
Later I ride crafty lady for Jane Chapple-Hyam and Middleham Park Racing in the Mettal UK British EBF Restricted Maiden Stakes (4.10). She is bred to enjoy this 1m3f journey so hopefully she can show potential on her racetrack debut.
Shiel and Bradsell get hurt with a double blow
It’s been a tough week for Archie Watson and his team at Saxon Gate Stables following the Group 1 star’s retirement Glen Shiel and the season-ending injury suffered by star youth Bradsell.
Glen, who suffered a setback in training, will always hold a special place in my heart after giving me my first Group 1 winner in that unforgettable British Champions Sprint at Ascot in 2020.
It was the most amazing day and the one I will never forget. It was also his manager Archie Watson’s Group 1 breakthrough, but the pleasure he gave us all didn’t stop there. ,
Glen also finished second in a Haydock Sprint Cup, Diamond Jubilee and Champions Sprint, taking his career earnings to over £700,000 and I’m glad he can enjoy his well-deserved retirement in one piece.
It came as no surprise to learn that my Coventry Stakes winner, Bradsell, suffered an injury finishing a disappointing fourth place in Group 1 Keeneland Phoenix Stakes last weekend in Ireland.
He certainly hasn’t traveled with his usual fluidity at the Curragh and it’s another blow for Archie and his owners, Victorious Racing, to be without him for the rest of the season.
The good news is that he should make a full recovery, so at least we still have a top class horse to go to war with next year when races like the Qipco 2,000 Guineas and Commonwealth Cup Group 1 are on. possible targets.
Aidan O’Brien’s Phoenix winner Little Big Bear produced one of the best two-year-old performances I’ve ever seen and seems to have the world at his feet. It was truly praise to hear his rider Ryan Moore describe him as the best he had ridden at this point in the horse’s career.
Hats off to Tempus in the Happy Salisbury raid
I was delighted with the emerging star of Hambleton Racing Tempus who improved further to win the Group 3 Tattersalls Sovereign Stakes in such daring style in Salisbury on Thursday to cap off two great days for me on the Wiltshire track.
Archie Watson’s gelding entered the race in fine form after winning a valuable one-mile handicap at Ascot last month and overturning a four-length loss to Modern News at Windsor earlier this summer.
I was worried that William Buick would have such an easy lead, but it was important to keep my horse balanced and in rhythm on such a twisty track and he rewarded me with a great finish.
Winning the Listed Upavon Fillies’ Stakes over my former boss Richard Hannon Rousay the day before was like history repeating itself.
I had great success for her owners, the Pall Mall Partners, including winning the same race on their lovely filly Billesdon Bess five years ago. So it was another special day.
Rain gives Trueshan hope
It’s the usual weather watch for my star stayer trueshan who holds an entry in the Weatherbys Hamilton Lonsdale Group 2 Cup at York’s Ebor Festival next Friday.
Rain is forecast for this part of the world at the start of the week, which would improve his prospects for a possible mouth-watering rematch with his old opponent, Stradivarius.
I’m sure, like me, his trainer Alan King will be watching Knavesmire’s reports closely over the next few days in hopes of seeing some ease in the floor, but it’s just too early to speculate.
my classic heroine Nashwa is among the Group 1 entries for Juddmonte International at York next Wednesday but is unlikely to face the older colts at this stage of the season with such good opportunities against her own gender still in the pipeline.
Hollie Doyle was talking to Simon Mapletoft of Sky Sports Racing.