Hollie Doyle’s Blog: Tabdeed back for Commanche Falls revenge at Sky Bet Constantine Handicap in York | racing news

Sky Sports Racing ambassador Hollie Doyle faces a tense wait to see if she can land a race at Saturday’s Ebor in York, with a further three races booked for the final day of the festival.

Cheeks can give Tabdeed that vital edge

I was so happy with by tabdeed he competed in the Stewards’ Cup at last month’s Qatar Goodwood Festival, when he narrowly managed to beat Comanche Falls in a tight finish.

Archie Watson’s gelding takes on Michael Dods’ sprinter again in the same six furlong journey in the £100,000 race Sky Bet Constantine Handicap (4.10) at York on Saturday when he is 1 pound better by just a short head and should have a great chance to avenge that loss.

He’ll be wearing cheek protectors for the first time, just to help keep his focus under pressure, and hopefully they can give him that vital edge on a flat, even track which should prove ideal.

We are sitting atop 17th in a field of 20, which could be an ideal starting point as we are surrounded by horses that should give us a good boost in the race. Good Eye, who was fourth in the Stewards’ Cup, is at 15 and trailblazer Lord Of The Lodge will break from 12.

Doyle and Tabdeed have just been beaten by Comanche Falls in the Stewards' Cup at Goodwood
Doyle and Tabdeed have just been beaten by Comanche Falls in the Stewards’ Cup at Goodwood

Longer ride a plus on Melrose

The step forward in travel seems like a positive move to improve staying young. soulcombe in the Sky Bet Melrose Handicap (2.25) on Saturday.

William Haggas’s gelding progressed to win around a mile and a half at Haydock Park and Ascot earlier in the summer before running well in defeat over that sort of distance at the Goodwood Festival last time.

Despite missing the break, he finished his race in conspicuous fashion that day to come within two lengths of second place in this week’s Grand Voltigeur Group Two, Secret State, suggesting that this mile and six furlongs on a big gallop track it will be OK. your street

A son of lightweight racing Frankel, Soulcombe will also be equipped with a tongue tie for the first time, which can only help, and he shouldn’t have to worry about a 2-pound weight gain from all his rivals.

Ex-Frenchman castrated to win local success

I connect with local trainer Micky Hammond at the closing race of the Ebor Festival when I ride his former French gelding. Resistance part in the Sky Bet Finale Handicap (5.20).

He earned that stiff 10 furlongs at Pontefract last time out, so the extra half furlong on the wide expanse of Knavesmire could see him improve again just a 3-pound mark higher.

Micky and his team have done a great job with this four year old who was trained by Andre Fabre and who doesn’t have the best draws at 11th but should get the strong run he needs to show his best.

On the bank of submarines in Ebor

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Not So Sleepy is a reserve runner for Saturday’s Ebor

I’m playing a waiting game in the big race, the Sky Bet Ebor Handicap (3.35) with veteran Hughie Morrison not so sleepywho is the first booking for the mile and six furlongs showpiece.

The versatile 10-year-old has been a revelation on the hurdles, drawing to the death in last season’s Fighting Fifth and taking the grade three Betfair Exchange trophy at Ascot, but has also won four times on the Flat.

He didn’t run all that bad in the Copper Horse Stakes at Royal Ascot, finishing in the middle of the division, and the Listed Coral Marathon at Sandown last month and has the ability to give me a nice spin with great odds if he’s lucky enough to get a career

Among the main contenders for the richest handicap in Europe is my husband’s Candleford mount, Tom Marquand, who has not been assigned the best of the draws at square 17, but brings good form to the race.

Tom won the Duke of Edinburgh Stakes on William Haggas’s gelding, who is better than he showed when he never took a hit in a six furlong mile handicap at Newmarket in his last start. He’s still 13lb heavier than he was at Ascot, but he should enjoy the ride and the track.

Hollie Doyle was talking to Simon Mapletoft of Sky Sports Racing.

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