Jennie's proves jewel in Fahey's crown with fairytale success
Published 15/06/2016 | 02:30
while Newmarket hero Galileo Gold emerged victorious in the battle of the three Guineas winners, the success of Jarlath Fahey's game mare Jennie's Jewel in the Ascot Stakes provided the fairytale on the opening day of the Royal fixture.
A Grade Three-winning chaser and Grade One-placed hurdler, Jennie's Jewel is just one of six horses in training at Fahey's Monasterevin, Co Kildare yard and showed her versatility by making all under Ronan Whelan.
The 6/1 chance simply refused to buckle from the head of affairs, and though Qewy came fast and late, the nine-year-old had done enough to claim the verdict by a neck. Mill Springs was a length away in third.
"I thought if she was with any other yard she would have been a lot shorter (in the betting) than she was," said Whelan. "Everything was in her favour - the trip, the ground - and she's just so honest."
In the St James's Palace Stakes, Hugo Palmer's Galileo Gold belied his 6/1 price to gain revenge on Kevin Prendergast's Awtaad for his Curragh defeat. The market spoke for French Classic winner The Gurkha, which went off at 4/5 with Ryan Moore and Aidan O'Brien appearing in good form after a jet-propelled Coventry Stakes win for Caravaggio.
Perhaps Moore and Chris Hayes - on Awtaad - would prefer a chance to ride this race again, as they spotted Frankie Dettori and Galileo Gold a handsome advantage at an important stage.
They reduced Dettori's margin to a length and a quarter by the line, with The Gurkha half-a-length ahead of Awtaad, but Moore was shut in by the eventual third at a critical moment with a furlong remaining and by that point, Galilo Gold was away and clear.
Dettori said: "Everything went to plan. Three Guineas winners, I managed to get first run on the other two."
The opening Queen Anne Stakes was won by American mare Tepin (11/2) in the hands of Julien Leparoux.