Doyle lands first Group One victory

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Doyle lands first Group One victory


Hollie Doyle on Glen Shiel
Doyle (centre) is having fun with a memorable season

Hollie Doyle claimed an historic double and boyfriend Tom Marquand triumphed twice on Champions Day at Ascot.

Doyle landed her first Group one success as Glen Shiel took the British Champions Dash Stakes in an exciting photo-finish.

It gave her a 203-1 double after her win within the Lengthy Distance Cup on Trueshan (16-1).

Marquand then triumphed within the day’s large race, the Champion Stakes, on the William Haggas-trained Addeybb (9-1).

He went on to take the concluding Balmoral Handicap with the Jessica Harrington-trained Njord (15-2) – simply forward of Doyle on Stable Stone.

Addeybb had completed runner-up final yr behind Magical however this time the six-year-old stormed clear to get the higher of Skalleti with Magical in third.

Like Addeybb, The Revenant went one higher than 12 months in the past with a recreation show to assert the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes for jockey Pierre-Charles Boudot and coach Francis-Henri Graffard.

However the day belonged to Doyle together with her double coming three days after she broke her personal report for winners ridden by a girl in a yr.

Her snug seven-and-a-half-length success on Trueshan, from the Alan King yard, was the primary by a girl on Britain’s richest race day – however she had a nervy wait earlier than the Archie Watson-trained Glen Shiel was declared the winner after a battle with the 80-1 outsider Brando.

Glen Shiel was well out of the stalls and was joined three furlongs out by Oxted. The July Cup winner took the lead however had nothing extra to provide within the remaining half-furlong and it was left to Brando to problem to the road – nevertheless it was Glen Shiel and Doyle who had been celebrating.

“I did not assume I might gained, so to have had the end result we now have was unimaginable,” she added.

“We had a superb outdated battle with Oxted from the three-pole and I believed that I’d be doing properly to carry on like I did, however he’s such a recreation horse.

“Nevertheless it’s not about me, it is about Archie Watson; he has campaigned this horse unbelievably. Nobody else would have gained a Group One with this horse.

“My goal in the beginning of the yr was to trip a Group winner and I at all times mentioned a Group One sooner or later, however I did not assume it could come this yr.”

The Group One victory sees her observe within the footsteps of feminine jockeys Alex Greaves, who dead-heated on Ya Malak within the Nunthorpe Stakes at York in 1997, and Hayley Turner, who gained outright on Dream Forward in Newmarket’s July Cup in 2011.

After his victory, Marquand paid tribute to his girlfriend’s achievements.

“I am so, so pleased with her,” he mentioned.

“All she does is rise up day-after-day and graft – and to trip her first Group One for Archie Watson is sensible as a result of he is performed such a giant half, but additionally for Alan King as a result of he is performed a giant half for each of us in the previous couple of years.

“Our first Royal Ascot winners had been for him and he is had a cracking yr.

“There is not any-one, genuinely no-one, who deserves it extra.”

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