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First Gr1 For Hollie Doyle

Jockey says no other trainer could have won this

Just 35 minutes after recording her first QIPCO British Champions Day success, Hollie Doyle added a first G1 victory to her CV as Glen Shiel (16/1) held on by a nose in a thrilling finish to the QIPCO British Champions Sprint Stakes.

The six-year-old Glen Shiel was soon at the head of the affairs and took the 16-strong field along before being headed entering the final furlong by Oxted.

However, the son of Pivotal rallied gamely to regain the lead and stayed on to repel the late challenge of Brando by a nose.

This was a first QIPCO British Champions Day victory for trainer Archie Watson.

Glen Shiel is punched out by Hollie Doyle (navy cap)

Doyle, who was recording a 203/1 QIPCO British Champions Day double, said: “This is not about me, it’s about Archie Watson, as he has campaigned this horse unbelievably. No one else would have won a Gr1 with this horse.

“It is a dream come true, a massive dream come true, especially on this horse. Everyone in the yard adores him.

“We got him out of Andre Fabre’s and we ran him over 10 furlongs. Archie kept stepping him back and back in trip and I am not going to lie, even I doubted it, but this is obviously the key to him.

“My heart sunk when I got joined on the line, I thought Tom Eaves had just nabbed me, so I didn’t know if I had won. I honestly thought I hadn’t won to be honest.

“It was too close for comfort really. I thought I hadn’t won so, to have had the result we have was incredible. Me and Oxted had a good old battle from the three-pole and I thought that I would be doing well to hold on like I did, but Glen Shiel is such a game horse. He is incredible.”

 G1 QIPCO British Champions Sprint Stakes 6f
1 GLEN SHIEL – Archie Watson 6-9-02 Hollie Doyle 16/1
2 Brando – Kevin Ryan 8-9-02 Tom Eaves 80/1
3 One Master – William Haggas 6-8-13 Pierre-Charles Boudot 11/2
Winner owned by Hambleton Racing Xxxvi & Partner
Breeder: Darley
Breeding: ch g Pivotal – Gonfilia (GER) (Big Shuffle (USA))
Archie Watson – 1st winner on QIPCO British Champions Day
Hollie Doyle – 2nd winner on QIPCO British Champions Day
16 ran
Non-Runner: Dubai Station (Self Certificate, Going)
Time: 1m 16.74s
Distances: Nose, ½
3/1 Fav Dream Of Dreams (8th)

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