‘She’s the horse of a lifetime’: Doyle grabs another Group One with Nashwa


𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐍𝐚𝐬𝐬𝐚𝐮 𝐒𝐭𝐚𝐤𝐞𝐬 𝐚𝐭 𝐆𝐥𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐨𝐮𝐬 𝐆𝐨𝐨𝐝𝐰𝐨𝐨𝐝 𝐢𝐬 𝐰𝐨𝐧 𝐛𝐲 𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐭𝐨𝐩 𝐟𝐞𝐦𝐚𝐥𝐞 𝐫𝐢𝐝𝐞𝐫𝐬 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐥𝐝 𝐫𝐢𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚𝐫𝐠𝐮𝐚𝐛𝐥𝐲 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐛𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐫𝐞𝐞-𝐲𝐞𝐚𝐫-𝐨𝐥𝐝 𝐟𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐲 𝐢𝐧 𝐄𝐮𝐫𝐨𝐩𝐞.

Hollie Doyle will eventually run out of firsts.

Nashwa's victory in the Prix de Diane at Chantilly last month marked Doyle's first victory as a female jockey. On Thursday, she made history again by becoming the first female rider to win the Group One Nassau Stakes at Glorious Goodwood.

Doyle, who frequently travels to Hong Kong to take part in the International Jockeys' Championship, is riding a wave right now. He gave Nashwa a confident ride by placing the filly last early on and coming with a wide run to overtake the entire pack in the final 400 meters.

Mr. Gosden instructed me to ride her quietly and get her to turn off when I arrived today, Doyle added. "She had been on it and a little eager in her work between France and here, so I really rode her like the best horse in the race.

Her performance in France, which was only 16 days after Epsom, was exceptional. She had plenty of time between now and then to recover as she had a fairly difficult race at Chantilly last time.

Doyle has become accustomed to winning the most prestigious contests at the most prestigious events worldwide, and in Nashwa, she has discovered the horse of her dreams.

She truly is my universe right now, don't you think? Doyle stated. "I'm just so fortunate to know her. She is a once-in-a-lifetime horse, and if [owner] Imad Al Sagar hadn't given me this chance, I might not have appreciated days like these.

"Winning here is always wonderful. It's nice to ride big winners here because you get an amazing response and there is a great atmosphere.

Al Sagar only hired Doyle as his retained rider two years ago, and she is determined to minimize the impact of her gender.

"I hope it will help other owners see that it doesn't really matter what kind of person you are. It doesn't matter how you accomplish the work; just get it done, remarked Doyle.

The greatest three-year-old filly in Europe this season goes to Nashwa, but there are no quick plans for her to follow Doyle's lead and begin dominating the males.

Doyle added, "We have the choice to face the colts, but I don't really see the point of it at this juncture. We'll just take advantage of the fact that she's one of the top three-year-old fillies available right now.

"It pleases me to hear that she will remain in training at age four and that she is getting better with age. Every time I sit on her, I consider how much she has matured and how different a filly she will be in a year.

Deauville Legend, owned by Hong Kong owner Boniface Ho Ka-kui, placed a respectable second behind New London in the Group Three Gordon Stakes, suggesting that he may have a Melbourne Cup contender on his hands (2,400m).

James Ferguson is the horse's current trainer, but he is unsure if he will have the opportunity to get the three-year-old ready for his Australian campaign.

At the conclusion of the season, "he'll travel down, and it's entirely up to the owner what happens," Ferguson added.

"He's a sizable international owner, and the majority of his horses are in Australia, which makes sense given the high prize money there.

It's up to him whether the horse travels there for me or with someone else because it will make him far more money down there than it will up here.


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