Hollie Doyle blog: Oaks draw a challenge for Sherbet Lemon but no stamina doubts over Epsom trip

Hollie Doyle previews her first Classic ride, Sherbet Lemon in the Cazoo Oaks on Friday at Epsom; “My adrenaline is sure to be pumping when I get the leg up on Archie Watson’s lovely roan filly Sherbet Lemon”

By Hollie Doyle

Thursday 3 June 2021 14:50, UK

Sky Sports Racing ambassador Hollie Doyle previews her first ride in the Oaks at Epsom on Friday.

The build-up to my first-ever ride in a Classic in Friday’s Cazoo Oaks (4.30) has been a bit of a blur to be honest, as I’ve been so busy riding out and race riding, but my adrenaline is sure to be pumping when I get the leg up on Archie Watson’s lovely roan filly SHERBET LEMON.

I gave her a stretch in Lambourn last week and have been delighted with her progress, including her win in the Listed Lingfield Oaks Trial last month. Lingfield’s hill makes it an ideal test for the peculiarities of Epsom and she passed that with flying colours.

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I have no doubt whatsoever about her getting home up the hill over a slightly longer trip, either. A half-sister to Melbourne Cup third Il Paradiso, she confirmed that stamina was not an issue that day.

But I do have two concerns. Firstly, the draw hasn’t been kind to us. We’re pitched out widest of all in stall 14 but she jumps and travels well so hopefully we’ll get the luck in running that we’ll need to be in a favourable position when the race begins to take shape.

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The drying ground is another question mark. She thrived in soft conditions around Lingfield but even though they’ve been watering to maintain good going, she’s going to find it a new experience.

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