Jun 18, 2014 -- 4:32AM, Figgis wrote:
I actually don't think Doyle did anything wrong on Guineas day. He didn't strike the front until just inside the final furlong, which is late enough and if I'd backed him I'd have had no complaints. Sure, he made a strong move from the 3f to the 2f pole but I wouldn't say it was overly fast and was a consequence of being held up early. The alternative was to leave him at the back until very late and hope to get there with one strong late run. Personally, looking how NoT finished on the day I don't think it would've made any difference, he was finishing fast, not just staying on past tired runners. For me, the real problem was giving him a fast prep race so close to the race. He had to be race fit to be able to run so fast so what was the point? If it was just to give him more experience then the instructions should've been to win as hard held as possible.
I tought Doyal rode it like a 7f race,he did attack,too soon,that and the ground,the ground was slower in the Guineasm,which now in hindsight would not of helped this speedster, and did help NOT.