Jewel shines bright for Ian Williams in Salisbury feature

Mare makes it two wins out of three since switch to Alvechurch handler

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Pretty Jewel continued her revival in fortunes since joining Ian Williams after getting up close home to land the Peter Symonds Catering Fillies’ Handicap at Salisbury.

The five-year-old mare made it two wins from three starts for the Alvechurch handler in the feature mile-and-a-half prize when denying I’m A Believer by a neck to complete a double on the card for jockey Kieran O’Neill.

Williams said of the 5-4 winner: “Doctor (Misha) Voikhansky (owner) was delighted. He normally rides her, but he is very proud to have the filly win a nice race at Salisbury and pick up a decent trophy.

“To be fair to him he comes and rides out most days and is a pretty active part of the filly’s training. He thoroughly enjoyed that.”

He added: “I think just giving her opportunity to thrive has helped. She was a little bit light when she joined us, but she has strengthened up.

“She would have loved that ground and the trip. I would think looking at that you could possibly step her up in trip.

“I’d imagine she will be seen back in amateur riders’ races at some point, feasibly in bit better ones now.”

Here’s Two (14-1), from the yard of Ron Hodges, got the ball rolling for O’Neill when making her first start over six furlongs a winning one with a two-and-a-quarter-length success in the CPA Scaffolding Salisbury Handicap.

Steeve (15-8) put his debut third to good use when taking victory by half a length in the Simon & Nerys Dutfield Memorial British EBF Novice Stakes to initiate the first leg of a brace for trainer Rod Millman and jockey William Carson.

Master Grey (5-2) completed doubles for Millman and Carson when flooring odds-on favourite Seasearch by two and a half lengths in the Matthew & Matthew Solicitors Handicap.

Having saddled a treble at the Wiltshire track on Sunday, trainer Mick Channon had to make do with just the one winner on this occasion, after Can Can Sixty Two (6-1) opened her account at the fourth time of asking in the CPA Scaffolding Handicap.

Jewel shines bright for Ian Williams in Salisbury feature
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