Thursday 12 December 2019

Fairytale filly Jet Setting can continue to soar

Keatley: Trainer of Jet Setting. Photo: Alain Barr
Keatley: Trainer of Jet Setting. Photo: Alain Barr

Richard Forristal

It hardly seems plausible that a rags-to-riches fairytale that featured a £12,600 reject execute one of the sport's most audacious feats of giant-slaying to win a Classic could get better after being sold by its syndicate owners for £1.3m.

Yet, at Royal Ascot today it might happen. Jet Setting has propelled Adrian Keatley into the limelight, and the Curragh handler, whose status as a rising star is now recognised far beyond these shores, may not be done exploiting the oil-like resource that he tapped into when he sourced the Richard Hannon cast-off last autumn.

Before the China Horse Club bought Jet Setting at Goffs' London sale on Monday, the daughter of Fast Company had amassed prize money of around €155,000 for the Equinegrowthpartners Syndicate after the deduction of the supplementary fees that were sanctioned for her 1,000 Guineas outings.

That is a crude calculation that doesn't factor in training fees, but a mere seven months of keep won't make too much of a dent in the net return.

Happily, Keatley will continue to oversee the care of a filly with which he has excelled. After foiling the mighty Minding in the Irish 1,000 Guineas, Jet Setting, Keatley and Shane Foley again cross swords with the sport's elite players when they go to war in this afternoon's Coronation Stakes.

This time, O'Brien relies on the Newmarket third Alice Springs, which subsequently ran a little flat in the French 1,000 Guineas.

Keatley's neighbour Michael O'Callaghan will saddle the Curragh third Now Or Never and Dermot Weld's Tanaza is another that could come forward for her reappearance in the Irish Classic, while William Haggas' Deauville fourth Besharah is among some smart locals.

In short, it is a decent if slightly unspectacular edition of the £400,000 Group One, so it will be disappointing if Jet Setting doesn't confirm her prowess at this level. Successful in three of her four starts this year, she couldn't quicken on the faster ground at Newmarket, but otherwise she has been exceptional.

Jet Setting and Minding pulled 10 lengths clear of the rest at the Curragh, so, with the ground on the slow side again, she is the one that appeals most.

In the Commonwealth Cup, a chance is taken on Hannon's Log Out Island. The Ballydoyle duo of Washington DC and Waterloo Bridge aren't the most convincing, but Quiet Reflection is a worthy favourite.

Karl Burke's filly has a big stride and a big heart, but she is short enough in the betting for a Group One of this nature. Log Out Island can be backed at up to 7/1, having strode stylishly clear in a Newbury Listed race last time.

Sure, James Doyle's mount may not get an easy lead and he has his quirks. Nonetheless, he also has an engine.

Earlier, Cuff might get the day off to a good start for Ballydoyle in the Albany, while Willie Mullins' improved Ivan Grozny is worth a look under Martin Harley in the Duke Of Edinburgh. Ivan Grozny hasn't run on the Flat for three years, but he was a Group class performer on the level in France.

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