James Doyle has enjoyed an excellent start to 2018 and now he has his sights fixed on winning a first Investec Derby with Young Rascal.
Since linking up with William Haggas, Doyle has already won the Lincoln and a Group Two on Addeybb, the Easter Classic on Victory Bond, the Musidora on Give And Take and the Chester Vase on his Derby mount.
That was just Young Rascal’s third career start and if it only proved one thing it is that the Derby distance will pose no problem whatsoever for the son of Intello.
Adding further spice to Young Rascal’s Derby bid is that he is owned by Bernard Kantor, the managing director of Investec who have sponsored the Derby since 2009.
“We knew he was talented and we didn’t question how good he was as he was a ready winner of a decent race at Newbury,” said Doyle.
“It was just a case of getting more experience into him at Chester with the Derby in mind. I thought he passed the test very well.
“For a big horse, it is a very tight track and you wouldn’t think he would go around there that well, but we got on the rail and travelled round sweetly.
“I think his attitude is great. He’s got such a relaxed nature, is very straightforward to ride and I think he will stay well – as he showed at Chester.
“I’ve only ridden in a couple of Derbies and those I’ve ridden so far didn’t take the preliminaries that well. They were both complete outsiders, so I was just making up the numbers.
“Going into Saturday, it’s nice to go there thinking you are in it with a chance. Saxon Warrior is a very worthy favourite and it’s a strong field but it’s nice to be in with a squeak.”