After the filly Otilien’s withdrawal from the racecourse, seventeen fillies set off on the selective course of 2,100 meters.
Nashwa ensured his departure quickly placing himself in the leading group. She took command 400 meters from goal and withstood the final attack from the French filly, La Parisienne, who had to settle for second place.
“I can’t find my words. I don’t know how to explain this! Nashwa is a star, she’s a star, she’s a star. It is an extremely prestigious race“, said Hollie Doyle, the young woman of 25 years, a broad smile on her face.
This female jockey, British star named Sportswoman of the Year by the Sunday Times in 2020 is entering the world of French turf, offering new success to trainer John Gosden, the man from Newmarket.
Courageous second, La Parisienne, ridden by Gérald Mossé, regained many ranks in the final straight but gave up on passing the post, finishing a short header from the winner.
“The winning filly is a rock. We did not come far from victory. She was ridden beautifully by her jockey“, said Yann Lerner who trained her with her father Carlos in Maisons-Laffitte (Yvelines).
“As La Parisienne likes soft ground, she will certainly run the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe“, added the Argentinian-born professional.
Third place went to the French filly Rosacea ridden by the Belgian jockey Christophe Soumillon, four and a half lengths further.
– “A talented woman“-
The French filly Agave, favorite party, ridden by Olivier Peslier, finished 4th. She always galloped in the leading group, tried her luck mid-stretch but failed to counter the attacks of her rivals.
Thanks to this victory, Nashwa, a magnificent filly with a bay (brown) coat, brought in 571,000 euros promised to the winner out of the million in total allocation to her owners of the Al Sagar stable.
Nashwa trainer John Gosden has achieved a second success in the most glamorous race of the year, after the victory of his resident Star Of Seville in 2015. His stable in Clarehaven, Newmarket, is today lined with champions, like Enable, double winner of the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, and now the new queen of Chantilly.
“Hollie Doyle is a talented woman who is meticulous in her work. She has demonstrated that she is a high class jockey“, commented John Gosden, 71, during a press conference.
“The race did not go as planned. She took advantage of her good rope number, 2, to place herself immediately in the leading group and she managed to relax the filly.“, added the master trainer, “proud of his young team“.
“I’m only 25 years old and that this success comes so quickly, it’s incredible. 400 meters from the finish, I felt vulnerable but the filly adapted well to the course because the second finished very quickly.“, said Hollie Doyle during the press conference.
As for the rest of the career of Nashwa, daughter of the crack stallion Frankel, “she ran a lot and is going to take a break“.”I’m thinking of directing it at the Prix de l’Opéra, on the day of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe“.
Nashwa is also assured of commercial value and an exceptional future career as a sire of the English Thoroughbred breed at stud, like Zarkava, mare of the Aga Khan.
This edition, disputed on soft ground, pitted seventeen fillies, French and British, in front of a crowd of spectators, including many elegant women with sometimes extravagant headdresses.