Holly Doyle returns aboard Trueshan and Glen Shiel as she looks to repeat last season’s double at Qipco’s British Day of Champions.
Sky Sports Racing ambassador Holly Doyle hopes to finish off another memorable season in style at Qipco’s British Day of Champions on Saturday as the two horses he put on the map at Ascot 12 months ago – Trueshan and Glen Shel – return to defend their crowns.
Hero Trueshan is ready for a triple bid
my hero trochan He has everything on his side as he tries to replicate last season’s unforgettable win in Qipco British Champions Long Distance Cup (1.25) in Ascot.
He looked better than ever when he knocked down a solid field including Stradivarius at the weekend for Group 1 Qatar Prix du Cadran on Arc and came out of that race in flying form.
Trueshan thrives on the easy ground he’s going to hit in Ascot, and it’s great to be back at him after only two weeks of missing out on such an amazing performance through suspension.
Now a double winner in Group One, five-year-old Alan King appears to be reaching new peaks with each run. He is a versatile and uncomplicated horse as he proved at Longchamp and upon winning the Group One Goodwood Cup.
Needless to say, Stradivarius is the obvious danger. He is a legend in the truest sense of the word and can never be underestimated, even though my kid beat him flatly the last time and on Champions Day last year.
Hamish William Hajjaj is interesting. He’s coming into the race new and he’d love the ground, too, although Truchan beat him fairly and outright in a conditions race in Newbury when they last met two years ago before he took his shape to the next level.
Headwear may be the key to Glen Schell’s revival
Glenn Shel, the horse that gave me my first-ever victory in the first set in the most dramatic circumstance, returned to the spectacle of that subsequent victory when he defended his crown in Qipco British Champions Sprint Stakes (2.00) in Ascot.
His coach Archie Watson announced him in a flash for the first time in hopes of honing him for a wide-open refresh.
Glenn is seven years old now, a very laid-back person and a bit lazy, but he still has a lot of abilities.
In fact, a repeat for the second time on the Diamond Jubilee test grounds at the same track and distance in June would be good enough to win this one.
Dream Of Dreams, who only narrowly beat him that day, and Starman the July Cup winner retired this season, so I’m not too concerned about the opponent.
It’s all about how Glenn clears himself back in the day. Still one of the top-rated riders on the lineup, he has his favorite conditions and simply loves the Ascot.
I wouldn’t have thought of going a little higher, but at least I’ll be racing away from a couple of prime speed corners at Art Power and Highfield Princess, which should allow me to do my own thing off the far side.
Glenn looked in great shape when I saw him at Archie’s this week, so I’m naturally optimistic about another big performance, especially if the hoodie has the desired effect.
Excited about O’Brien’s latest link
One of the highlights of my season was the chance to ride Aidan O’Brien and Colmore to some big meetings, so I’m really excited to get back on the boat. the Mona Lisa painting In the Group 1 Qipco British champions for foals and mares (3.25) in Ascot.
This will be the third time I’ve ridden Frankel’s daughter, who has run for the Ballydoyle pony star Snowfall at Yorkshire Oaks and Prix Vermeille.
She has bravely held on to finish third in both top level races, proving that she is a capable filly, so I hope I can use her high starting speed to keep her good rhythm and finish in the mix with a potential favourite. Snowfall.
Warrior Teal is back in shape in time
Roger Tell kenzi warrior He couldn’t have rediscovered his level at a better time and could surpass his great potential in the end Balmoral handicap (4.30) above the slope of the straight Ascot.
He entered the valuable competition after receiving a penalty for winning the All Weathers at Kempton Park last month and will appreciate the comfort on the ground.
Kenzai Warrior was smart enough to win the third set to win the Horace Hill Stakes at Newmarket in a heavy sprint at two, but Roger took long to get him back to his best. Fingers crossed for a big round.
It may be hard to pass Addeybb in Champion
I’m rooting for the star of William Haggas who walks the world ADDEYBB In the Qipco Champion Shares (3.25), where he will be arrested as usual by my fiancé Tom (Marquand).
But regardless of Tom, I really think it’s going to be tough to get back to his perfect ride on Earth that is making the best of him.
Adeeb won this award last year and has the credentials to beat his illustrious rivals Mishref and Adair on this 10f in a classic revamp.
Stick with the pavement in QEII
Another mouth-watering duel will be presented in Queen Elizabeth II Styx (3.10), which combines the largest caliber in Europe pier palace And the young student Ba’id, who put an unbeaten record on the line.
The Palace Pier star played by John and Thady Gosden must concede three pounds to his smaller rival, but he doesn’t have any holes in his armor and it’s impossible to oppose what seems like a stage perfect.
Baaeed has all the hallmarks of a champion – he’s a first set winner now – and I’d like to see him win for Team Haggas, but he faces the ultimate test.
The first group wins a season title
With another steady season reaching its official peak, I can look back with great satisfaction, hoping to have one or two more chapters to add.
My victory in Group A in the Qatar Goodwood Cup over Troshan was the highlight, but my victory in Royal Ascot over the privilege of Emad Al-Sager’s managers was very special.
I am delighted to be fifth at the Knights table on Champions Day, with 86 winners at close range in 600 games.
My prize pool of over £1.6m has exceeded last season’s total as well.
After Saturday, I’ll be busy all winter in all weather, but I’m looking forward to riding in some big meetings outside in the new year.
Holly Doyle was talking to Simon Maplettoft of Sky Sports Racing