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Alan Magee

Alan Magee

Jassaar books Royal Ascot ticket with valuable win

Jassaar and Andrew Slattery winning the TRM Excellence In Equine Nutrition HandicapJassaar and Andrew Slattery winning the TRM Excellence In Equine Nutrition Handicap
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A long term Royal Ascot plan looks to be coming to fruition for Dermot Weld after Jassaar landed the valuable TRM Excellence In Equine Nutrition Handicap at the Curragh.

The 9/2 joint favourite was confidently ridden by Andrew Slattery leading well over a furlong out in this €100,000 seven-furlong Premier Handicap.

The Hamdan Al Maktoum home-bred son of Dansili needed to be kept up to his work in the closing stages to hold the late surge of top-weight Flight Risk by half a length, with the Michael Grassick-trained pair Texas Rock and Verhoyen in third and fourth.

Weld said, “I thought he would be tough to beat today, and he got a very good ride from Andrew Slattery. It might have been a wise choice to pick him because I think he’s great value for his 7lb claim.

"The plan which I’ve had in my mind for a long time for this horse is the Hunt Cup at Royal Ascot, if he gets into it — but I think he will now. He handles fast ground.

"He won well in Limerick the last day but he’s a fast-ground horse, and that’s usually what you get in the Hunt Cup.

"We know it’s a competitive handicap but that’s what he is and we’ll have a crack at it. I know it was seven furlongs today but I think a mile, or seven to a mile, is his trip.”

Jassaar was cut into 16/1 (from 25/1) with Betfair for the Royal Hunt Cup.

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