Hollie Doyle bids to cap a fantastic domestic season on the international stage by winning the £500,000 Bahrain International when she partners the Japanese superstar Deirdre on Friday.

Doyle, 24, has ridden 129 winners in 2020, including a first Group One (Glen Shiel in the Champions Sprint), a first five-timer (at Windsor) and a first Royal Ascot winner (Scarlet Dragon in the Edinburgh Stakes).

However, once a jockey has cracked the domestic scene, it is on the world stage they need to succeed and getting the ride on Deirdre is a huge feather in her cap. Next month she goes to Hong Kong to ride in the international jockeys’ challenge against Ryan Moore, P-C Boudot, William Buick, Mickael Barzalona and her boyfriend, Tom Marquand, among others.

On Thursday, she was looking forward to her first ride on Deirdre, last year’s Nassau Stakes winner at Goodwood, in what will be the mare’s last start. “I rode her out in England before I came out and sat on her this morning and walked her through the stalls,” she said.

“She feels good. If she’s in anything like her best form she would go very close – whether she is or not I won’t find out until tomorrow. But I’m looking forward to it.”

The opposition in a race which the small Persian Gulf kingdom of Bahrain hopes will also put it on the international racing map includes Aidan O’Brien’s Sovereign, Lord Glitters, Bangkok and Desert Encounter.

Deirdre boasts the highest rating, but since finishing three lengths third to Magical in last year’s Champion she has failed to sparkle, finishing eighth in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe on her last start. She should, at least, have the ground in her favour at Sakhir on Friday. The race will be shown at 1pm by Racing TV.

Meanwhile, the Irish chaser Presenting Percy won his first race for nearly 22 months when, with his ears pricked, he came home 6½ lengths clear of Kemboy and Monalee in the Boomerang.ie Chase at Thurles on Thursday.

Since that last win, Presenting Percy has started favourite for the 2019 Gold Cup, fallen at the second last in the 2020 edition when not out of it and changed trainers. Thursday was his second start for Gordon Elliott, but he was the only one of the four runners with the benefit of an outing this season.