Hollie Doyle capped off a remarkable turf season with victory over favorite Farhan in the November Handicap at Doncaster on Saturday.
Well supported in the market on September 2, John Butler’s exciting three-year-old son, who started the race as a last weight, walked away to beat Calling The Wind and Sam Cooke.
Speaking on his exclusive blog before the race, Doyle told Sky Sports Racing’s Simon Mapletoft that he had a “score to adjust” after finishing second over Farhan in his first outing of the season at Salisbury in May.
Having filled the runner-up spot three more times this year, Farhan was finally a better one with a good ride in the middle of the 23-person field at Town Moor.
After the race, Doyle told Sky Sports Racing: “It went quite well. We jumped out of a bad draw well and it’s one of the races where you have to run tight and I fired him there.
“We got a good lead and I may have been a little late to be honest. He pricked up his ears and ran to the front.
“He’s very forward-thinking. I rode him early in his career and he was a bit too young.
“John [Butler] It filled me with confidence and it was a great training performance.
“Today was his day. I knew what he was capable of, but with these big handicaps, you need a bit of luck and luckily I was on the best horse.
“It’s an amazing way to end a great year.”
Coach Ralph Beckett continued his remarkable record on the Gillies Fillies’ Stakes charts by winning for the fourth time in the last 12 editions of the race with Vesela.
With a good ride by jockey Rob Hornby, the 1/22 shot seemed to enjoy the comeback at a mile and two furlongs, holding up to David Elsworth’s late Something Enticing challenge.
Later there was drama on the card for Hornby, who was dethroned from his mount on the Wentworth Stakes chart, Henry Candy’s Jouska.
The race followed the path of 4/1 favorite King’s Lynn, for coach Andrew Balding and jockey David Probert, beating Magical Spirit trained by Kevin Ryan.
Another 22/1 shot came in as Boosala, coached by William Haggas, clinched the class two Virgin Bet Handicap, one of three victories of the day for Tom Marquand, having also won with Haggas’ Hebrides and Mick Channon’s Wonderful World.