UAE Jewel makes sparkling debut in Wood Ditton

Varian colt set for Listed assignment next

  • Wednesday 17 April
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UAE Jewel can look forward to tackling bigger and better prizes after creating a striking impression on his debut in the bet365 Wood Ditton Maiden Stakes at Newmarket.

Backed as if defeat was out of the question, the Roger Varian-trained son of Dubawi – who holds an entry in next month’s Dante Stakes at York – justified his 10-11 price tag as he stormed clear of his rivals late on in the mile prize, defeating Al Hadeer by five lengths.

Varian said: “We liked him all last year. He is a big horse and we just took our time with him, but then he had sore shins in the autumn.

“He has been training well all spring, you never know how they are going to do coming into a Wood Ditton, but you hope they run well.

“We felt from his home work that a mile would be the perfect trip to start him over. He is a lengthener and two down it took him time to get on top of the horse that led.

“Over the last half a furlong he lengthened away well. We will possibly look at the Newmarket Stakes back here on Guineas weekend, which is a Listed race over 10 furlongs.”

Charlie Appleby will consider giving Jalmoud an outing in a Classic trial after he went one better than on his debut in taking the British EBF bet365 “Confined” Novice Stakes by two lengths under William Buick.

Although the three-year-old, who is sired by Derby winner New Approach and is out of Oaks-winning mare Dancing Rain, would need supplementing for the Derby, he was given an introductory quote of 33-1 for the Epsom Classic.

Appleby said: “We went off odds-on on our first start and we had the other horse that won the race in Moonlight Spirit. We fancied him first time up, but he was clueless on his first start. I said to William he had learned a bit from there and to pop him out and keep it simple.

“I couldn’t see him getting beaten from halfway. He handled everything out there well and probably deserves a crack at one of the trials.

“Whether we come back for the Newmarket Stakes in two weeks or look at something like Lingfield for him, I’m not sure. You have got to respect what his pedigree is and on what he has done so far he deserves to be put in one of those trials.”

Clerisy (8-1) has some way to go to match her Group One-winning half-brother Expert Eye, but the Sir Michael Stoute-trained daughter of Kingman earned a step up in class with victory in the Rossdales Maiden Fillies’ Stakes.

Stoute said: “She has done particularly well, but she is a slow-learning filly. We sent her to Wolverhampton as time had run out on the turf. She has great scope and has done well physically. She has a good travelling speed and is a useful filly in the making.

“I won’t go down that route (1000 Guineas). She will probably go to the Listed Michael Seely race at York. That sort of thing will be the next stepping stone.”

Buick finished the day with a double, courtesy of the Alan King-trained Aweedram (5-1) in the Coates & Seely Blanc De Blancs Handicap.

UAE Jewel makes sparkling debut in Wood Ditton
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