Sky Sports Racing ambassador Hollie Doyle says Ascot is her favourite racecourse ahead of QIPCO British Champions Day

Sky Sports Racing ambassador Hollie Doyle has revealed that Ascot is her favourite racecourse ahead of Saturday’s QIPCO British Champions Day.

Doyle loved a double on final yr’s British Champions Day card, successful the Long Distance Cup on Trueshan and following that up with victory on Glen Shiel within the British Champions Sprint.

The 25-year-old has loved a surprising three years, using 151 winners in 2020, and appears properly on the best way to beating that tally in 2021 with loads of the marketing campaign nonetheless to come back.

She additionally picked up a primary Royal Ascot victory in 2020 onboard Scarlet Dragon within the Duke of Edinburgh Stakes and backed that up this yr with a win on Amtiyaz within the Copper Horse Stakes.

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“It’s definitely my favourite racecourse,” Doyle advised Sky Sports Racing. “I’ve clearly had some actually good days right here and so much of luck however I feel it is such a stupendous monitor to trip and it is particularly reasonable.

“From the 4 [furlong] to the three, the race actually begins to develop and it is fairly a deceiving flip for residence. Whilst it is a sharp run in, it is fairly stiff so you do not wish to commit too quickly however you do not wish to allow them to get away from you.

“The straight course is a really stiff mile. From the four-and-a-half, you run downhill for a furlong-and-a-half however then it is stiff uphill as properly.

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“I find it quite hard to make the running here because you are giving everyone a lead and getting taken on a long way out so you are very vulnerable – it takes a bit to win from the front and I find it’s an easier track to take a lead on.”

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Whilst she has loved loads of massive race success since 2019, Doyle added there is loads of enchancment to come back from her on the massive stage.

“You see it happen, people have a good year or two like I have, have a quiet year and you don’t see them again so I’m always pretty conscious of not letting that happen,” Doyle mentioned.

“Tactically, there’s so much I might be higher at and hopefully throughout the subsequent few years, I can trip tighter and sharper and get that have.

Glen Shiel ridden by Hollie Doyle wins the QIPCO British Champions Sprint Stakes at Ascot

“My first winner was in 2013 as an amateur so it’s taken me a while to get where I’ve got. The last three or four years were pretty good and I really picked up but it was a bit of a struggle before that.

“The drawback was I wasn’t excellent and I knew it. That’s in all probability good as a result of I knew I wanted to get higher and I did not suppose I used to be the bee’s knees once I wasn’t.

“I would not change how issues have occurred for me although.

Hollie Doyle successful on Scarlet Dragon at Royal Ascot

“When I’m on the horse, I don’t really get nervy. Maybe in the morning at home, I would be a bit twitchy but when I’m at the races, I have got a job to do and I feel quite content really.”

We additionally spoke to Hollie about a number of of her massive race victories at Ascot, in addition to her ideas on the upcoming QIPCO British Champions Day assembly, stay on Sky Sports Racing.

Hollie Doyle on Trueshan

“He was very settled early on and three parts of the way on the further I was going the better and I’m thinking ‘here we go!’

“I went into the race and Alan [King] advised me to trip him to run properly and get a spot however I had Stradivarius on my inside and I used to be pondering, ‘I’m going a bit higher than you’.

“I used to be going so properly and keep in mind delivering three down and he simply took me to the entrance and away.

Hollie Doyle smiles as Goodwood Cup winner Trueshan is led again into the winner's enclosure

“I couldn’t believe my eyes. I was gobsmacked at how far clear he had pulled and I think a lot of people thought it was a fluke or a one-off or that he was a ground dependant horse but he’s proven that he’s not.

“I felt like I used to be galloping on a golf course with him as he was dealing with it so properly – he is a real stayer. For a horse that stays that distance, he is truly obtained just a few gears which is fairly uncommon actually.”

Hollie Doyle on Scarlet Dragon

“He’s an outdated monkey! I gained the Old Rowley Cup on him as a five-pound claimer just a few years in the past and I hadn’t actually ridden him that a lot in-between.

“Everything just fell perfect – he switched off straight away, didn’t pick the bridle up, managed to get the splits up the straight and we got up on the line but he was cooperative that day.

“But that is simply him, he is obtained a lot potential however you do not know which horse is going to point out up on the day.”

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Hollie Doyle on Glen Shiel

“This year has been tricky with him really. He’s only had his ground probably once or twice when he was only beaten a length by Dream of Dreams and I can’t knock him for that.

“The subsequent two runs have been on fast floor which is not what he desires however we hope he can come again on Champions Day and hopefully replicate what he did final yr.

“The reason he likes it here and on the soft ground is because he just outstays everything. He’s actually ran over 10 furlongs so you know he’ll get the trip well!”

Hollie Doyle on QIPCO British Champions Day

“I think everyone looks forward to it. It’s a great way to cap off the season with the Champion Jockey and Champion Apprentice being crowned.

“It’s a bit extra relaxed than Royal Ascot as a result of of the time of the yr. It could be a bit of a lottery as it has been an extended season and a few horses may’ve had a tough yr so I feel something can occur on the autumn floor.”


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