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Jewel attempts to recapture sparkle at the Curragh

Admirable dual-purpose mare Jennies Jewel carries top weight for trainer Jarlath Fahey in Sunday's Tote Irish Cesarewitch at the Curragh.

The nine-year-old claimed Royal Ascot glory in the Ascot Stakes at June, but needs to bounce back from a disappointing comeback run in last month's Loughbrown Stakes.

Fahey said: "She was found to be in season after her last run, so that's what we're putting it down to.

"She seems in good form since. We could do with the ground being a bit softer and she has to shoulder top weight, which makes the job a bit tougher.

"We could do with a drop of rain over the weekend, but it doesn't look like there's any in the forecast, unfortunately.

"We haven't made any plans beyond Sunday."

Theos Well won decisively in much more testing conditions a fortnight ago and trainer Mick Winters is looking forward to seeing how his charge performs on a sounder surface.

He said: "I think he got away with the ground the last day more than anything and it should be perfect for him on Sunday.

"I think good ground suits him, but the question mark you'd have is whether those horses might just be a bit quick for him on the better ground. The last day it was soft and loose and that just steadied the whole thing up.

"He seems in great form, though, and we are going back up to two miles.

"There's some good prize-money down to sixth and hopefully he has a good each-way chance.

"We're looking forward to it."


From Belfast Telegraph