Versatile Jewel In My Crown gains first all weather win

In the week when we lost our beloved Queen Elizabeth ll and the Crown passed to King Charles lll then it seemed fitting that if we had a winner it would be the aptly named Jewel In My Crown.

Eamonn Duggan's homebred grey filly proved her versatility by winning on her all weather debut at Kempton last night. This was her second win this season and her fifth overall and Eamonn must be delighted with this effort. The recent rain has made it difficult to run her on the turf with conditions being softer than she would like so the all weather was the obvious option. A Class 3 Fillies' Handicap over 1m 3f at Kempton was targeted and Callum Shepherd was booked to ride. During the race she travelled sweetly at the rear of the small, four runner field and rounding the home turn she was positioned inside on the rail. They quickened off a pedestrian pace two and a half furlongs from home and with the front pair racing tightly together plus a horse on her outside it looked like she would struggle to get a gap. However, under a brilliant ride from Callum Shepherd, who bided his time and waited for the gap to come, this brave filly didn't shirk from her task and split the front two. She went on to win by three quarters of a length from the George Boughey trained Pretty Sweet.

The only downside was that Eamonn and Lesley were not there to see it but they had able substitutes in Eamonn's brother-in-law Stan and his wife Linda. They must be lucky omens Eamonn, you will have to send them again !