Sky Sports Racing ambassador Hollie Doyle flies to Germany on Sunday in search of more Classic success after a busy night in Leicester where she completed seven outings – all for different trainers.
3.55 Leicester, Saturday – Don’t hang up on Misscall
Missed call (3.55) might be my best chance of winning at Leicester on Saturday, where I have seven races for seven different coaches.
Archie Watson’s filly improved on her last two starts, finishing a close second at Goodwood before producing a powerful finish to win a similar filly race at Newmarket.
This will be my first time riding her this season and I expect her to do well. She has only gained 2 pounds and sees the six furlong trip well.
5:00 p.m. Leicester, Saturday – Lion should be ready to roar despite the layoff
I was delighted to ride a winner for trainer Godolphin Saeed Bin Suroor on Arabian Warrior at Newcastle last weekend and hope to follow him wild lion in the handicap of seven stages (5.00).
He hasn’t raced since winning back-to-back All-Weather victories at Newcastle last fall, but Saeed is adept at winning them the first time around by asking for a long layoff.
The son of Middle Park winner The Last Lion showed ability on equally fast ground at Yarmouth and Newmarket as a two-year-old and the climbing finish at Leicester should get the most out of him.
2.45 Leicester, Saturday – Lednikov treated well for second leg
by Ivan Furtado Lednikov brings good form to the opening handicap (2.45) after winning a similar mile-and-a-half trip to Musselburgh in April.
He finished just a quarter length behind Thunder Flash on this run and trailed last time out and is slightly better off at weight going into this rematch. Going upmarket has been the making of this gelding that picks up an unchanged mark on fast ground that he should appreciate.
5.30pm Leicester, Saturday – Wind key to Green’s improvement
A second race after wind surgery could prove the key to improving the performance of maiden green in the maiden of six furlongs (5.30).
The Charlie Hills filly showed clear signs of ability behind the ensuing third Commonwealth Cup Flotus in a young dam from Goodwood on her debut and is heading to Leicester still relatively unexposed.
She’ll need to progress to earn a seven-month layoff, but she’s bred to be useful, so hopefully she’ll give her market rivals something to think about.
4.30pm Leicester, Saturday – Big weight for Carey Street looks familiar
Challenging a big weight in a handicap is a familiar task after Trueshan’s outstanding performance in the Northumberland Plate last weekend and now I’m facing a similar challenge in Leicester, albeit on a more modest level.
Carey Street may not be in the same league as Alan King’s star stayer, but he’s another big horse with a big heart trying to overcome a welterweight burden for Linda Stubbs in the 10 furlong handicap (4, 30).
I know the six-year-old well after winning against him twice on the All-Weather and finishing second with him on three other occasions. However, the fast pitch might be more of a concern than the 10 pounds he’s willing to take on.
Earlier, Dave Evans drops Kiss N Hug in grade and reached the visor in the juvenile seller of six furlongs (3.20) while the winner of the course Grandstand lines up in the last mile handicap (6.05) for Richard Price. Both need to leave recent form behind, but the latter recorded his two wins on grass on fast pitch and clearly loves the track.
2.45 Hamburg, Sunday – On the way to more classic glory in the German Derby
Barely two weeks after winning my first Classic on Nashwa, I return abroad on Sunday to ride the filly Wagnis in the German Derby, the IDEE 153rd Deutsches Derby (2.45) in Hamburg.
It’s exciting to be booked for the first time by top trainer Marcus Klug who has won the race three times in the past decade and fielded a remarkable seven riders in Group One.
It’s a significant step up in class for Wagnis who looks set for a mile and a half after convincingly winning a Group Three on a shorter trip to Hoppergarten in early June.
She is clearly progressive and is bred to stay well but was done a disservice by such a difficult wide draw in stall 20 on a right hand turning track. I’ve never ridden there before, but I understand the corners are quite tight, so I’ll be happy to walk it before running.
I fly to Germany from Newmarket on Sunday morning with the other British jockeys taking part in the race, including Richard Kingscote and Frankie Dettori who also represent the Klug team.
Frankie is over favorite So Moonstruck who ran well in group two company last time out and is by German Derby winner Marcus Sea The Moon, so he’s probably the one we all need to beat.
12:30 p.m. Hamburg, Sunday – Facing Frankie again in the fillies feature film
Frankie Dettori and I are riding again for Marcus Klug in the Group Three Trophée Mehl-Mulhens (12:30 p.m.), a one-mile, three furlong fillies race.
My mount Willing was thrown into the deep end on his debut in this group three at Hoppergarten won by my Derby Wagnis, but ran respectably in fourth. On paper, she has plenty to do to beat Frankie’s filly Mountaha, who won a group three over a mile at Cologne in May and is bred to enjoy a greater test of endurance.
Earlier, Navratilovamy mount in Group 3 Sparkasse Holstein Cup (11.50) would certainly be a topical winner right in the middle of the Wimbledon Championships.
I ride the filly. probably named after one of the greatest tennis players of all time, for Frankfurt coach Toni Potters who won a Listed race with her at a high price at Hoppergarten in the spring. Since then, she’s picked up more black type at a similar company in Dortmund, so she just might serve up another ace!
Native can eclipse its elders
I expect to Native trail to take his form to a new level when he steps up his distance in Saturday’s Coral-Eclipse at Sandown (3.35).
Charlie Appleby’s colt powerfully hit the line to win the Irish 2,000 Guineas and looks set for this greatest test of endurance.
I think Alenquer, Bay Bridge and Mishriff could have their work cut out to give Oasis Dream’s son 10lbs for age in a deep renewal. Mishriff, in particular, has something to prove after disappointing in the Arabian Cup in February.
France is also represented by a three-year-old winner of the French Derby Vadeni, which has been completed. He is an exciting colt in his own right, but the racing style he will encounter on the Esher track is very different from what he is used to.
Trueshan’s heroism should not be underestimated
It was fascinating to listen to and read the expert analysis of Trueshan’s incredible weight-carrying performance at last weekend’s Northumberland Plate in Newcastle.
The reaction was largely positive but I feel that in some quarters his victory was discredited, when in fact it should be celebrated. Other countries like Australia always defend the success of their stars in the big handicaps.
Yes, Trueshan was a Group 1 winner in a handicap – clearly the best horse in the race as the weights reflected – but the task before him should not be underestimated. It wasn’t just a question of ability. It took a lot of courage and commitment on this track, which he gave in spades.
Let’s not forget that never before in the 189 year history of the great race or any other modern handicap has a performance like his been seen and it could be decades before we see something so special again. .
I spoke to Trueshan’s trainer, Alan King, the day after the race and he was thrilled with how he did. He had eaten and had a big heart, he told me, so now it’s all set for a return to the top level of the Goodwood Cup – weather permitting, of course.
Hollie Doyle was talking to Sky Sports Racing’s Simon Mapletoft