Nashwa Confirmed For Cazoo Oaks


Nashwa & Hollie Doyle |

Listed winner Nashwa (GB) (Frankel {GB}) will take part in the June 3 G1 Cazoo Oaks, owner Imad Al Sagar's racing manager Teddy Grimthorpe confirmed on Saturday. The Blue Diamond Stud homebred is two-for-three, running third in a Newmarket maiden last autumn, before trotting up over a mile at Haydock en route to 'TDN Risingstardom' on Apr. 23. Trained by John and Thady Gosden, the daughter of listed winner and G1 Prix Jean Romanet runner-up Princess Loulou (Ire) (Pivotal {GB}) then delivered a 1 3/4-length victory under Hollie Doyle in the 10-furlong Listed Haras de Bouquetot Fillies' Trial S. at Newbury on May 14.

“It all comes down to a combination of things,” said Grimthorpe. “You have to ask stamina questions, capability questions, what the owner wants, pedigree, the action of the filly, temperament and I think she ticks a lot of boxes really for Epsom and of course all of these decisions are ultimately down to the owner and Imad is very keen to go to Epsom with the filly.

“I think the nice thing is that wherever she goes after the Oaks, she still has plenty of options.”

Set to be ridden by Al Sagar's retained rider in the Oaks, it would be Doyle's first Classic victory.

He continued, “That would be something wouldn't it [if Doyle could win]. I think if you were searching round for a jockey, she would be very high on the list. So, it is great and exciting to have her on board. The way she has been riding is just exemplary really.”

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