Holly Doyle returns with a ride at Newcastle on Friday, followed by four rides in the flat season opener at Doncaster on Saturday. All live on Sky Sports Racing.
What a relief to be back in the saddle on Friday evening in Newcastle after fracturing his elbow and sustaining ligament damage in that horrific fall at Wolverhampton in mid-January.
It’s been a long, frustrating road to fitness including an operation a few weeks ago, but thanks to the team of physios at Oxe House in Lambourn, I’m fit and ready to start the new flat season.
The one-on-one treatments I’ve received on a daily basis from Anna Fischer, Rob Travis and Heidi Preece have been invaluable in coming back so quickly. I may not have been the most patient, but they got me there!
I’m back this week riding Archie Watson and Andrew Balding and it has really whetted my appetite for the new season.
There is excitement around Archie’s Saxon Gate Stables in anticipation of the new season. We have a lovely bunch of two-year-olds and it is great to see that Bradsell, our Coventry Stakes winner, is looking so good after his long lay-off.
Follow every race of Holly Doyle’s return to Newcastle and the Lincoln Meeting at Doncaster live on Sky Sports Racing.
Expected to return victorious in Newcastle
rhythm n hooves should give me a good chance to be a winner on the first try BetUK Restricted Beginners Bet Daily Top Odds (5.50) in Newcastle.
I didn’t sit on him at home, but he ran a race full of promise on debut over five furlongs at Wolverhampton two weeks ago for Hector Crouch, finishing well in second to the rest.
It is an open race but Archie has an excellent record there and this gelding should certainly appreciate the tough track.
Ravitch Out To Spring Lincoln Surprise
I enjoy riding for Richard Spencer, a Newmarket trainer who can be trusted to have his horses always fit and ready to go.
He booked me for his 50/1 outsider Ravich In the first big race of the new season, the Pertemps Network Lincoln Handicap (3.35) on Saturday in Doncaster.
I have never ridden the seven-year-old but he has winning form over a mile and is effective on soft ground, so the easy conditions on Town Moor should be in his favour.
Ravicz has been pulled down in stall five, but I am quite happy with that as I am not far away from potential favorites Al Mubir and fan favorite Baradar.
Often a star is born in Lincoln and William Hagges’s Al Mubir fits the bill. He will be well prepared for this first assignment of the new season and could easily become a group horse despite his rating of 97.
Ground ideal for Nicholls’ sprinter
jungle girl An interesting contender in the first Listed race of the season on turf Pertemps Network Camise Trophy (3.00) in Doncaster.
Adrian Nicholls took over the filly from Andrew Balding, who nearly missed her in a Listed race at Paris Longchamp in October.
I’ve had a lot of fun riding for Adrian and his wife Claire the lovely filly Mo Selita who won a Listed race for us at Deauville in 2021 so it would be nice to get some black type with this four-year-old, Very.
This group looks a strong renewal with the likes of two winner El Caballo and Stewards’ Cup hero Comanche Falls in the line-up, but Wilderness Girl is officially rated 100 and has excelled on a trial basis, So I’m hoping for a good run, great potential in spite of that.
Tempus has a strong chance in the Listed Mile
Archie Watson’s Temple Well done to finish second in last year’s race Pertemps Network Doncaster Mile (4.10) And I don’t understand why he can’t go one better this time.
He has won two Group Threes since beating all but the classy Chindit and is fit from two earlier this year, a creditable run on rough ground in a valuable race at Qatar in late February.
Galloping tracks such as Doncaster suit him and he also enjoys easy ground, so he looks set for another solid performance as the season unfolds.
Ready to step into the Ribble Tour
I Called Kingsclair To Work On My Boss’s Promising Three-Year-Old Ribble Couldn’t be happier with her on another day and ahead of her seasonal reappearance Pertemps Network Maiden Stakes (4.45) in Doncaster.
Andrew Balding has Imad Alsager’s colt in superb shape for this maiden on a track he will enjoy and I have no doubt he is ready for the step up to 10 furlongs.
Ribble showed a lot of promise last season, finishing a good third in a one mile novice at Newmarket in October, and grew and strengthened over the winter. He is without a doubt one of my best chances to be an opening-day winner.
Holly Doyle was talking to Sky Sports Racing’s Simon Mapletoft.