Trainers John Gosden and son Thady enjoy an exceptional day as Haqeeqy lands the Lincoln to add to two Kempton wins, Lord North’s victory in the Dubai Turf and Mishriff’s success in the Sheema Classic
- 18-year-old jockey Benoit De La Sayette drove Haqeedy to victory in Doncaster
- PJ McDonald replaced Andrea Antenzi and won the Unibet Doncaster Mile bet
- Atenzi had to isolate himself after a passenger on his plane tested positive for Covid
Apprentice jockey Benoit De La Sayette made the spotlight already on him shine even brighter with an icy win over Haqeeqy in the Lincoln Handicap in Doncaster.
The 18-year-old only made his racing debut at the end of last year and his chance at Haqeeqy was a first ride on Turf for the rider who has now ridden 10 winners on just over 30 mounts.
Sayette’s win was part of a great day for his boss John Gosden, who now trains with son Thady.
Benoit De La Sayette rode Haqeeqy to victory in the Lincoln Handicap in Doncaster
John Gosden’s partnership with son Thady yielded victories at Dubai Turf and Sheema Classic
In addition to victories in Kempton with Otyrar and Global Giant, the Gosden team won two massive prizes on the Dubai World Cup map thanks to Frankie Dettori-ridden Lord North in the Dubai Turf and David Egan-ridden Mishriff in the Sheema Classic.
De La Sayette will have some great opportunities from Gosden’s team this summer.
On Saturday he had to wait until a gap was opened for Haqeeqy 9-2, who eventually won with a lot in hand.
De La Sayette said: ‘It is a dream start to win the Lincoln on my first ride on grass, I will probably wake up tomorrow thinking it was a dream.
18-year-old apprentice jockey De La Sayette praised the Gosdens for their advice and support
The Gosdens are so supportive, every little mistake I make will get me through. I couldn’t ask for a better boss.
‘My father was a champion amateur rider in France and I always wanted to follow in his footsteps. He came by to get Godolphin. I rode the Pony Club circuit and then went pony racing at the age of nine. ”
It was a poignant victory for Haqeeqy. He runs in the colors of Hissa Hamdan Al Maktoum, whose father Sheik Hamdan Al Maktoum died last week.
Trainer Edward Bethell, who succeeded Father James as trainer at the family’s North Yorkshire stable in January, landed the Spring Mile in Doncaster yesterday with 8-1 shot Artistic Rifles that gathered after beating Acquited with a neck.
PJ McDonald replaced Andrea Atenzi and won the Unibet Doncaster Mile Stakes on Saturday
PJ McDonald intervened for the winning ride after intended jockey had to isolate Andrea Atzeni after a passenger on a recent flight from Bahrain tested positive for Covid-19.
McDonald had previously predicted big things from Top Rank after winning the Doncaster Mile on the James Tate-trained five-year-old.
Tate, who could aim Top Rank at Newbury’s Group One Lockinge Stakes, said, “We can just be brave. He looks like an improved horse. His work would have been better, so it’s exciting to see him do it on the track. ‘