Prix de Diane: Hollie Doyle wins first Classic as Nashwa makes all at Chantilly to claim French Oaks crown
Hollie Doyle claimed the first Classic victory of her career as the John and Thady Gosden-trained Nashwa won the Prix de Diane at Chantilly on Sunday.
Nashwa, who was third in the Oaks at Epsom earlier this month, was sent off 7/4 favourite for the Group One contest, known as the French Oaks.
A first start was always going to be key for Doyle, with Nashwa needing to overcome a potentially unfavourable draw in stall two, but the pair kicked away quickly and stayed at the front of the field throughout, as Agave came to challenge on her inside.
But Doyle and her mount were brave and battled on, holding off the late run of 50/1 shot La Parisienne on the outside.
Doyle is the first British female jockey to win a Classic and the victory is another landmark success for the Sky Sports Racing ambassador, who holds the record for victories in a single season by a female rider in the UK.
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