Friday report card: Bragging rights for Doyle, a filly for the tracker and a tactical ride from Hector Crouch

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FRIDAY saw plenty of racing for us to get stuck into and there were some good stories to come out of the action.

We’ve picked out some snippets you don’t want to have missed.

Bragging rights 👊

We all love having a competition with our partners and trying to get one over each other. Well Hollie Doyle and Tom Marquand had their own battle out on the track in the opener at Brighton.

The couple were both keen on each of their chances in the four-runner contest but it was Hollie Doyle who took home the bragging rights with a good ride on Nervous Nerys to hold on from the fast-finishing Tom Marquand on Urban Highway.

Unfortunately for Marquand he could only manage second never quite getting to the winner. I’m sure Doyle won’t be too smug about that one…

One for the tracker 👀

A nice filly to follow for Ed Walker in Nina Bailarina who absolutely bolted up on her second career start. After making a promising debut at Newbury when only going down by a neck, hopes were high for the filly at Newmarket and she went off the odds-on favourite.

She delivered in some style under Oisin Murphy as she scooted five lengths clear of the field. One to keep an eye on.


Tactical ride 💪

Three-runner contests can be an absolute nightmare for punters and they can be very tactical. However, Hector Crouch got it spot on with Junoesque at Brighton in the afternoon to send punters home happy.

The 11-8f led the field at a steady gallop before Crouch got to work on him as they came down the hill. Amor Fati always looked to be travelling the best and ready to swamp the leader, but Crouch had just enough left in the tank to hold off his challenger.

Jockeys can easily get these races wrong, but Crouch was foot-perfect.

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