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Doyle to ride Ninth Legion in G3 Festival

Trainer Peter Robl has booked Godolphin jockey James Doyle to ride Ninth Legion in the Group Three Festival Stakes.

Doyle to ride Ninth Legion in G3 Festival

Trainer Peter Robl has booked Godolphin jockey James Doyle to ride Ninth Legion in the Group Three Festival Stakes.

Jockey - James DOYLE
Jockey - James DOYLE Picture:Racing and Sports

Godolphin jockey James Doyle can hit the ground running with a maiden Australian stakes win aboard the Peter Robl-trained Ninth Legion in the Group Three Festival Stakes.

Doyle arrived in Sydney on Monday to begin a stint replacing retained rider James McDonald who is on the sidelines pending the outcome of a stewards inquiry into a betting charge.


Godolphin put the English jockey straight to work, sending him to Randwick to ride in seven barrier trials on Tuesday morning and he won two on Raiment Horseform and Ennui Horseform.

Robl, a former Group One winning jockey, said Ninth Legion would suit Doyle's style in Saturday's race over 1500m at Rosehill.

"He's got a few tricks the old boy," Robl told AAP.

"He doesn't like to be pushed and pulled.

"James is a very, very good rider and I'm trying to look for an edge with him. I'm sure he'll ride him well."

Ninth Legion is likely to push on to the Group Two Villiers Stakes at Randwick on December 17, a race which Robl won on him as a jockey in 2013.

Robl made history with Ninth Legion Horseform earlier in the year by winning two Listed races to achieve the rare feat of both riding and training a horse to victory in stakes races.

Doyle may have to compete against his new boss if trainer John O'Shea accepts with the dual-nominated Duca Valentinois for the Festival.

Duca Valentinois will carry 54kg if she runs in the race while Doyle rides at a minimum 55kg making the 58.5kg allocated to Ninth Legion no problem.

Ninth Legion beat home two runners in open company over 1400m at Rosehill on November 19 with Robl admitting the 62kg burden was a telling factor in his performance.

"He is an older horse and he got to the furlong and said 'it's a bit hard for me today'," Robl said.

"But he certainly pulled up in good order. He drops to a more suitable weight albeit in a more competitive race on Saturday.

"If he gets the right run in transit and the room he requires then he'll certainly be able to run a big race."

Doyle is set to have his first ride during his Australian secondment for Godolphin on Miami Dade Horseform at Canterbury on Wednesday.


AAP



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