It was just Doyle’s second ride in the Al Sagar silks, which sprang to prominence when Authorized won the Derby in 2007. The Blue Diamond Stud owner appointed the record-breaking Doyle as his retained rider last month.
Sent off an easy-to-back 4-1 in division two of the 10-furlong Betway Maiden Stakes, the Golden Horn colt was slowly away and looked to have plenty to do as 6-5 favourite John Locke raced clear into the straight.
But Doyle’s mount ate up the ground and swept by to score going away by two lengths.
Doyle told Sky Sports Racing: “I’m pretty thrilled, to be honest – who’d have thought I’d be riding a winner for John Gosden this time last year. I’m just grateful for Imad to give me the opportunity like this.
“He didn’t jump great and took a furlong or two to get into a rhythm, but once he got into a rhythm they steadied the pace up and he was carting me up the back straight. Luckily I just managed to keep the lid on him there and I was just looking for a run.
“He gave me a great feel a furlong out, he really changed gear.”
Doyle’s first mount in the Al Sagar green had come in the preceding race when Faisal’s stablemate Amtiyaz ran a promising race to take second in division one of the same maiden.
The victory made it 81 for the year and a treble on the card for Doyle, who scored earlier through The Perfect Crown (1-2 favourite) and Gallardise (18-5), both for Archie Watson.
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