Hollie Doyle inched closer to breaking Josephine Gordon’s record after steering Reeves to victory in the feature Bet totequadpot At totesport.com Handicap at Chelmsford on Thursday.
Having drawn a blank from three rides at Lingfield earlier in the day, the 23-year-old celebrated victory number 103 of the year aboard the Robert Cowell-trained gelding, to move three away from Gordon’s mark of 106 winners achieved by a female jockey in 2017.
The 5-2 shot took a step back up in class in his stride, to follow up his last-time-out success at the course, crossing the line two and a quarter lengths clear of Silent Attack.
Doyle – who earlier this month became only the third female jockey after Hayley Turner and Gordon to rider 100 winners in a calendar year – said: “He is a progressive horse and the further they went, the better he was.
“I think you could step him back up to a mile, judging by that. It was a big step up in grade from a class four to a class two, but he ended up doing it nicely.”
Although Doyle still has over a month to break Gordon’s record, she is taking nothing for granted.
She added: “First and foremost, I’m just trying to ride as well as I can, but it would be nice to get it done.
“I’ve just got to keep finding rides, as you know what it is like in racing – you can easily go two or three weeks without a winner.
“I had two go close at Lingfield and one finish out of the placings, so it was nice to get this winner.”
Jason Watson already has Fillies’ Mile winner Quadrilateral to look forward to next season in the silks of Khalid Abdullah and stablemate Its A Given could be another after taking Bet toteplacepot At totesport.com Novice Stakes on debut by half a length.
Watson said of the Roger Charlton-trained 8-1 winner: “We’ve been very happy with her at home. She is a very sensible filly and has a lovely attitude and way about her.
“I managed to get a nice position all the way through the race. I was confident I was going to get there, but I didn’t want to get there too soon.
“She is a good-moving filly and was a little bit green, but you expect that. She did it nicely and once she strengthens up she will be quite nice.”
Great Ambassador won like an odds-on chance should do in the Matchbook EBF Future Stayers’ Novice Stakes, with the Ralph Beckett-trained son of Exceed and Excel opening his account at the fourth time of asking in decisive fashion.
Winning jockey Richard Kingscote said of the 4-6 scorer: “I was really pleased with him, but he had good enough form in the book to win a race like this. He picked up through the gears nicely and did it all pretty smoothly.”
Last Date (16-1) made it two wins from as many visits to the Essex track, adding to his 40-1 shock at the course last month as he swooped late to claim the Bet toteexacta At totesport.com Nursery Handicap by a head.
Ivan Furtado’s charge was bouncing back from a disappointment at Kempton, and the trainer said: “He likes this place and he likes a decent pace.
“He really didn’t do anything wrong last time, he was just a bit slow away and had a bad draw.
“He probably wants seven furlongs, as he needed every yard of the six.”
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