Hollie Doyle Blog: Hoping Extra Elusive Can Bounce Back in Windsor in August After Haydock’s Disappointment | Race News
Hollie Doyle is booked for six good walks in Windsor on Saturday, live on Sky Sports Racing, including the former winner of the Winter Hill Stakes Extra Elusive for her boss Imad Alsagar.
Drop off in class and travel for Extra
EXTRA INSPIRING, the horse that secured my job with main owner Imad Alsagar for a strong start in last season’s Group Three Rose of Lancaster Stakes at Haydock Park, is back in action in Windsor on Saturday.
He was disappointing during the Haydock job renewal this year, but the terrain was very grueling that day and he just didn’t give his real run.
We hope that the application of cheeks for the first time, combined with a decrease in travel, may well change his fortunes in the Sytner BMW Sunningdale & Maidenhead August Stakes (6.00).
The terrain feels faster than ideal before the race and there doesn’t seem to be much chance of a downpour, but it’s winnable as long as he can pull off the kind of performance I know he’s capable of.
Ask a question mark for Twilight
DUSK MADNESS is a young progressive sprinter facing his toughest challenge yet in the St Leger on Sky Sports Racing Handicap (5.25) at Windsor.
Simon Hodgson has done very well with this colt, securing three consecutive victories this year. I won against him twice at Kempton Park in the winter before Tom (Marquand) finished the treble in July.
Cooler than most at this point in the season, he’s a solid sprinter with a future but has to overcome a 9-pound increase in ground weights that’s going to be more alive than anything he’s run on before.
A powerful gallop will suit Carroll’s mare
I won on Tony Carroll’s SECOND COLLECTION at Wolverhampton a few seasons ago and I finished third over her at Windsor recently so I know her well and hope for the best in the Sky Sports Racing 415 Fillies’ Handicap (4.20).
The handicapper has made her lose a few pounds since she ran so well on the course and over the distance for me. We are well drawn, but there will be a lot of pace in the race and she is happy on all kinds of terrain.
Hoping to see some “star” quality
I succeeded on a two year old Roger Teal at the Glorious Festival at Goodwood and got up close to him again on a potentially likeable newcomer to the Racing League on Sky Sports Novice Stakes (4.55) in Windsor.
Roger took his time with VIEW FROM THE STARS, which cost the Craven Breeze-ups 47,000 guineas in the spring. He is a second foal from Starspangledbanner, who is one of my favorite sires. I love the way he buffers his stock – they are often strong and versatile horses.
It’s his first day at school so it’s always hard to know what to expect but Roger prepares his horses so well and has had another good year.
Attwater’s newcomer is fit for travel
Michael Attwater does well with the older horses he buys relatively cheaply. BREGUET BOY on his stable debut in handicap Follow Attheraces On Twitter (7.00) at Windsor will be interesting.
He is not a horse that I know of, but he has a winning form around a mile, including in Scotland where he was previously trained by Keith Dalgleish.
Breguet Boy, which was bought for just 16,000 guineas in the July sales, also won some hurdles this year and therefore looks like a versatile and fun horse. We are also well drawn in stall four.
Clear luck for Crystal
CRYSTAL GUARD is still a young girl after seven starts, but Michael Bell has found her an open race in Windsor. I ride him in the Read Kevin Blake On attheraces.com Handicap (7.30) on the 11 extended stages – a trip that will suit him well as he was placed further away.
He ran his best race on such good to firm fast ground, as we expect in Windsor, should play to his strength as well. I’m also doing well in stall three, so we have a lot of work to do to try and finally make him stand out.
Gelded Mehmento returns to Goodwood
After a short break, Hambleton Racing’s MEHMENTO is back on Sunday in the Group Three Weatherbys Hamilton Supreme Stakes (4.00) at Goodwood.
Archie (Watson) froze Mehmas’ son after his run in the Group 1 Prix Jean Prat at Deauville in early July, when he finished bottom of the field after disappointing in the Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot.
We hope he can regain the kind of form that saw him win the Surrey Stakes Listed at the Epsom Derby Meeting and finish second in Group 3 Greenham at the start of the season.
He hasn’t been able to win at the group level so far, but I’m sure he will appreciate Goodwood after winning so well at Epsom – another hilly track. He will also benefit from a small pitch, the competition is hot with players like The Queen’s Tactical and progressive Rhoscolyn against us.
I also roll MAJESTIC FIGHTER for Roger Charlton in the EBF Restricted Maiden Stakes (2.50). He has never raced before, but he is a well-behaved son of Teofilo whose mother won at two years old. On the pedigree, going a mile should be ideal.
The beach could be heading towards the sun
An exciting end to the season is in prospect for Jane Chapple-Hyam’s SAFRAN BEACH after bouncing back to form unequivocally during last weekend’s Group Three Atalanta Stakes in Sandown.
I really enjoyed driving her the steep mile and was impressed with the way she put the race to bed. She felt great and it’s all Jane’s credit for bringing her back in such great shape.
Second behind Mother Earth in Qipco’s 1,000 Guineas, Saffron Beach has always been a stylish filly, so a one-mile Group 1 return to the Sun Chariot Stakes in Newmarket in October is now on the cards.
I understand that Jane and her owners are also planning to fly to Canada for the Grade One EP Taylor at Woodbine. It’s more than 10 stadiums, but I have no doubt that she would hold this trip well.