Doyle has high Derby hopes for Nashwa

Doyle has high Derby hopes for Nashwa

Jockey Hollie Doyle has been talking up Nashwa’s (4/1 2022 Cazoo Oaks) credentials as she looks to secure what would be a landmark win in Friday’s Cazoo Oaks at Epsom.

Looking to become the first female rider to win a British Classic, Doyle has certainly been showing great form over the last 18 months.

With 152 winners in 2021, which managed to surpass her own record for the number of winners in a calendar year for a female jockey, Doyle is a rider on the up.

Having landed wins at Haydock and Newbury over the spring, there are high hopes for what Doyle’s ride Nashwa can achieve in the Oaks on Friday at 16:30.

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While there have been some questions surrounding Nashwa’s staying power for the trip at Epsom, Doyle believes the John and Thady Gosden-trained filly has all the credentials to be a success.

“I sat on her yesterday and she’s grown a little bit more. It was probably her final piece of work before the Oaks and I couldn’t have been happier,” Doyle said. “Every time you get on her there’s a bit more that’s progressed, so that’s great at this stage.

“She’s a dream ride really. She’s got a lovely mind and a great attitude and I still think she’s not the finished article – I think there’s more to come from her physically.

“She’s everything you want in a racehorse at the moment.”

There is another storyline in the Oaks this year, with Doyle’s husband Tom Marquand also set to feature onboard Joseph O’Brien’s Tranquil Lady (12/1 2022 Cazoo Oaks).

Doyle is looking forward to the contest and admitted no quarter would be asked or given where Nashwa and Tranquil Lady to be battling for the win at the end.

She added: “He might be my husband, but when we’re in those gates it’s very competitive. We don’t give each other an inch really and we both want to win.”

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Author: Lucille White