Jer's Girl Has Spring Aim

Wed 30th Dec 2015, 11:10

Jer's Girl
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Gavin Cromwell is aiming Jer's Girl at the Spring Juvenile Hurdle back at Leopardstown on February 6.

Winner of her first two outings over timber, including a Listed race at Aintree, she was thrown in against the boys for the Knight Frank Juvenile Hurdle.

Everything appeared to be going to plan as she attempted to make all and was still leading on the run to the last, only to be caught in the dying strides by a fellow filly, Willie Mullins' Apple's Jade.

"I was gutted, but I'd say they are two very smart fillies," said Cromwell.

"To beat the boys and still not win is a little hard to take, but she ran a cracker.

"We'll probably go back to Leopardstown on February 6 for the Grade One. That's the plan.

"She doesn't have to have heavy ground but I'd say she's more effective on it.

"We'll give her the Cheltenham entries, in the Triumph and the new mares' race, and see what the ground is like. Cheltenham don't let it get too fast these days."

Battaash v Lady Aurelia

Following his breath-taking four length victory in the 2017 running of the Prix de L’Abbaye, it is difficult to envisage that any horse can beat Battaash over 5 furlongs when in that sort of form. It was a stunning performance where he made Group 1 sprinters look ordinary. A field that included the Nunthorpe Stakes winner Marsha in behind. So can he confirm himself as the top sprinter around or will it be another Royal Ascot success for the American speedster Lady Aurelia when the pair clash next month? Here we look at each horses credentials heading in to one of the most anticipated clashes of the season. You can see the latest betting on Royal Ascot now in which Star Sports currently make Battaash 11/4 favourite ahead of 3/1 Lady Aurelia to win the King Stand Stakes on 19th June.

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