The young Irish jockey has been given the mount on Turnberry in the Xmas at the gardens BM 78 Handicap (1500m) and his 3kg city allowance could prove invaluable.Dolan’s claim will lessen Turnberry’s weight to 56.5kg. The 4YO gelding also has a favourable alley to complement the weight drop.
“Robbie has never ridden for me before but is a young jockey on the rise,” Lees said. “This was the right opportunity to engage him and take advantage of his claim to boost Turnberry’s chances.”Dolan, 22, is apprenticed to former jockey Mark Newnham.
He won the Grafton Guineas (1600m) in July and has gone ahead since resuming work.He tenaciously won a BM 78 (1400m) first-up at Rosehill on November 10 and again showed real grit when a close second to Napoleon Solo in a similar race over 1500m there a fortnight later.
Senior jockey Rachel King partnered him on both occasions but a 1kg lift on his last start to 59.5kg prompted Lees to seek an allowance.“Turnberry has come back really well, and has trained on strongly since his latest run,” Lees said. “With Robbie’s claim, he comes in with 2kg less than he carried last time and is drawn much better now.
“I’m sure he will run well.”