Sky Sports Racing Ambassador Hollie Doyle talks about her six races at Haydock Park on Saturday and reveals a horse she is looking forward to in Bath on Sunday.
Oaks Nashwa entrance returns to Haydock
I recently called the powerful Clarehaven stables of John and Thady Gosden in Newmarket to ride my boss Imad Alsagar’s promising filly. NASHWA ahead of his reappearance in the Pendleton EBF Fillies Novice Stakes (2.40) at Haydock Park on Saturday.
The one-mile trip over a beautiful gallop track looks like an ideal starting point after her promising third in a fillies novice at Newmarket last season and she will certainly appreciate the likely cut in the ground, just like her mother Princess Loulou did it.
Nashwa was a big filly last year and she really got bigger over the winter, so hopefully she can move up the rankings. She holds an entry into the Cazoo Oaks and although she is bred to get a mile and four furlongs, it is one step at a time for this lovely girl from Frankel.
Draw concern for Stellar Queen
I will wear Imad’s dark green silks again in the Great Haigh Handicap (3.15) at Haydock, which sees the return of his filly Muhaarar STELLAR QUEEN.
I sat on her at Clive Cox’s Lambourn base on Thursday morning and was pleased with her. She too is a big girl now and will appreciate the easy ground but the draw in stall 14 on her handicap debut is awful.
A half-sister to Faisal, my boss’s helpful middle-distance performer, Stellar Queen showed great promise in three races last year, notably at Newmarket, but we’re going to need some luck there.
Happy with chic Mehmento
Archie Watson MEHMENTO lost his way after winning the Listed Surrey Stakes at the Cazoo Derby meeting at Epsom last June, but found his form at Southwell in January.
He picked up a good handicap that day – his third victory on the track – and had an excuse on his only subsequent start when he simply found the six-furlong drop at Newcastle too steep on the business side.
The four-year-old from Hambleton Racing is another who enjoys cutting on the ground and has pleased me in his homework, so I’m hoping for a big run in the Great Shevington Handicap (2.05) at Haydock. He is not in an ideal stall in 10 but has the door speed to put me in a good starting position.
Power can excel after the break
EXCELLENT POWER has enjoyed a long break since winning Chelmsford City in November and looks well placed for a reappearance in the Lathom Handicap (3.15) at Haydock.
Archie’s gelding can be a bit spirited in his runs, so he’s not one to go to the pit too often. He came back from a break to win on the All-Weather, so hopefully the winter has benefited him both mentally and physically.
Unlike Stellar Queen and Mehmento, it has a good low draw and ran well at this track in September. It’s more difficult but it would be nice to get my fourth win over him for owner Mohammed Rashid, who is a good supporter of the yard.
The first round for Ruth looks interesting
Never ridden for Ruth Jefferson but can’t wait to meet her at Haydock before putting my leg on her interesting gelding SECRET EAGLE in the Great Standish Handicap (1.30) at Haydock.
I don’t know much about the four-year-old, but he’s clearly been racing well after a long break at Pontefract earlier this month and this will be his second start after wind surgery, which may be a positive.
Later, I joined the mother-daughter team Linda and Kristin Stubbs, for whom I have a lot of admiration. They always have their horses in good shape and place them well so CAREY STREET could well enter the Giants Hall Handicap upset (4.20).
I won over him on a similar trip to Wolverhampton last time and he showed last year at Redcar, Musselburgh and Beverley that he was just as capable on grass. He will enjoy the pitch and is well drawn in stall four so hopefully this will be my seventh chance for the team.
Collection completed to continue Carroll’s hot streak
Another trainer I always enjoy riding for is in-form Tony Carroll, who I join in Bath on Sunday. Tony runs SECOND COLLECTION in the Sky Sports Racing Sky 415 Handicap (2.40) and she might be the pick of my rides on what looks like a busy day.
I have won twice on this mare, at Wolverhampton and Windsor, and she is also a course and distance winner at this track. She’s likely to get the fast pitch she seems to enjoy, so we go into the race with plenty of positives.
Cause for optimism after Angel’s Good Friday race
Jane Chapple-Hyam’s Pretty Mare INTERNATIONALANGE turned out to be my best ride on a thrilling All Weather Championships final day in Newcastle on Good Friday.
She stayed well within the race of seven furlong fillies and mares to close within half a length of the top rated Princess Highfield and confirm that she is still in the stage of leveling up.
Although she picked up a course and distance handicap to take her winning streak to six, she was flat out all the way in that better grade and gave me the impression that she would like to go a mile in better company.
Jane was thrilled with the daughter of Dark Angel, who is now rated 103, and has a few races in mind, possibly Listed level.
Hollie Doyle was talking to Sky Sports Racing’s Simon Mapletoft