Saturday proved another big day in the young career of Hollie Doyle, who delivered an inspired ride on the previously frustrating Extra Elusive to land Haydock’s Rose Of Lancaster Stakes. That made for an ideal start to Doyle’s retainer with the owner Imad Al Sagar, announced just a fortnight ago, as this was her first Group-race ride in the green silks made famous some years ago by Authorized.
Extra Elusive has no pretensions to Authorized’s ability but connections must have had hopes for him when he beat a big field on his debut. Alas, the ball has not bounced his way for some time and, before Saturday, he was on an eight-race losing run that stretched back two years, a tendency to pull hard under restraint having been part of the problem.
With Doyle climbing aboard for the first time, Al Sagar and the trainer Roger Charlton suggested a different approach, which she delivered perfectly. “I just dropped my hands out the gates and rode him where he was happy and he happened to settle quite well in front,” the 23-year-old told RacingTV. As a result, Extra Elusive turned around previous form with Global Giant, the Frankie Dettori-ridden odds-on favourite.
“They left me alone for the first half-mile, which really suited,” Doyle continued. “As soon as we turned in, I got taken on by the Channon horse but I managed to just reserve a bit. He’s a very good horse on his day, he just needs things to fall right.”
Charlton said: “Hollie gave him a great ride. She hasn’t ridden much for me, apart from one or two lightweights, but she’s demonstrating her skills on a daily basis with the winners she’s riding.” Adding that Doyle was both brave and strong, the trainer suggested the only problem with employing the eight-stoner was the amount of lead in the saddle he had had to carry to the racecourse stables.
Doyle’s form figures in her first week riding for Al Sagar now read: 2131. The other success was her first for the trainer John Gosden and the chance to ride for new stables must be a major part of the job’s appeal. Al Sagar is evidently pleased with his choice, as his breeding operation, Blue Diamond Stud, tweeted about “Another terrific ride” from the new start.
At Newmarket, the Sweet Solera turned into an upsetting event, a fatal leg injury being sustained at halfway by Fly Miss Helen, who had been a most exciting prospect for the Richard Hannon stable. Sean Levey, her jockey, appeared worried from an early stage and told stewards he was in the act of pulling her up when her injury occurred.
Star Of Emaraaty was a shock winner at 66-1, having been fourth in a weaker contest last month. Kevin Ryan, her in-form trainer, had been worried about the Newmarket undulations after she became unbalanced at Sandown that day, but she looked much more professional this time.
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