Breed­ers’ Cup can crown Doyle’s great­est sea­son

The Racing Paper - - News - by Sam Jack­son

IN WHAT has been a year packed full of mile­stone mo­ments for jockey James Doyle, the best could be saved un­til last should One Mas­ter tri­umph in the Breed­ers’ Cup Mile at Churchill Downs tonight.

With no­table vic­to­ries in the Irish Oaks and King Ge­orge VI and Queen El­iz­a­beth Stakes added to his in­creas­ingly-sparkling CV, the 30-year-old Doyle,

below, holds re­al­is­tic claims of se­cur­ing an­other first at a meet­ing in which suc­cess has so far eluded him.

Doyle said: “It’s nice to be part of the Breed­ers’ Cup as it is one of best rac­ing car­ni­vals in the world. I’ve had a few chances, it has not re­ally hap­pened for me there yet, but it would great if it did this year.

“I fin­ished third in the Ju­ve­nile Turf back in 2015 on Birch­wood and that gave me a taste of what it would be like to win.

“So far this year the Irish Oaks on Sea Of Class would be the big high­light, that was a fan­tas­tic day go­ing to Ire­land. The link up with Poet’s Word was good as well. Win­ning the Prince of Wales’s at Royal As­cot was pretty spe­cial.

“The King Ge­orge is one of our stand-out Group One races, so hav­ing won a Prince of Wales’s Stakes be­fore I’d say the King Ge­orge win topped it.

“The Breed­ers’ Cup is a dif­fer­ent kind of buzz. It is quite close up and per­sonal com­pared to some­thing like Royal As­cot. Ev­ery jockey wants to ride a win­ner there.”

While the two vic­to­ries the Wil­liam Hag­gas­trained four-year-old has achieved this sea­son in a Group Three at Tip­per­ary and in the Prix de la Foret at ParisLongchamp have come with­out the as­sis­tance of Doyle, he feels there are plau­si­ble rea­sons be­hind the two de­feats he has suf­fered aboard her this year.

He added: “I’ve not re­ally had many op­por­tu­ni­ties on her. At Good­wood she was nearly drawn off the track, but still ran a fan­tas­tic race.

“The other run in Ire­land was over six fur­longs on fast ground and she didn’t quite have the speed to go that pace, although she still fin­ished third and was only beaten just over a length.”

Although the daugh­ter of Fast­net Rock has stam­ina to prove on her first at­tempt at a mile, along with hav­ing it all to do from stall one, there is lit­tle doubt in the mind of Doyle he is not sim­ply fly­ing out to help make up the num­bers. He added: “It looks a wide-open race. She was one of the lucky ones in the Foret as there were a lot who didn’t get a clear run, but she got a clear pas­sage. “I think we are go­ing to be the one that needs luck, be­ing in stall one. From that draw we need a lot to go our way. “She rel­ishes cut in the ground and from what I’m hear­ing it is pretty soft and as long as it keeps rain­ing we will be happy, as the softer the bet­ter.

“I think she should be fine over the mile, as she won over seven and a half the time be­fore and was only get­ting go­ing at the line. It is a rel­a­tively easy mile, so she should be fine.”

There will be plenty of rac­ing fans back home will­ing Doyle on – and he can rest as­sured he will have at least one very im­por­tant sup­porter by his side to help him crown what has been a sen­sa­tional few months.

He said: “My sis­ter So­phie had hoped to have a ride at the meet­ing, too, which would have been good, but un­for­tu­nately it didn’t quite hap­pen for her.

“She is down in New Or­leans and she is still go­ing to come and sup­port me, which will be great.”

Softer the bet­ter: One Mas­ter

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