Holly Doyle became the first female jockey to win a French Classic when she saddled her beloved Nashwa to win the French Oaks (Prix de Diane) at Chantilly on Sunday.
The 25-year-old English jockey finished third in Nashwa at Epsom Oaks earlier this month, but this time he didn’t make a mistake, driving a brilliant race and taking the win.
Her fellow jockey and husband Tom Marquand congratulated her on her promotion, but Doyle refused to accept what she had achieved.
“I’m just honored to be in this position,” she said.
“I wouldn’t be riding this stylish filly if Imad al Sagar (the owner) hadn’t asked me to ride it in 2020.”
Doyle chuckled when it was suggested that she was a star like Nashwa.
“I don’t know about it!”
Nashwa coach John Gosden was left to lavish praise on her.
“That’s great,” Gosden said. “She is a very talented racer. She is very serious and principled, but she has a great sense of humor.
“She had a very good race in a confusing competition.”
Doyle’s results surpassed those of Jessica Marsialis, who in October 2020 became the first female jockey to win the French Group 1 race, Marcel Boussac.
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