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Isle Of Jura ready for Royal Ascot challenge

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Melbourne Cup prospect Isle Of Jura will head to Royal Ascot after a domestic success in the Festival Stakes at Goodwood.

TRAINER : GEORGE SCOTT Picture: Getty Images

The George Scott-trained gelding was the first horse to land the Bahrain Triple Crown over the winter and had swerved the Brigadier Gerard Stakes on Thursday due to worsening ground. He had not been seen on domestic turf since a sixth in a mile handicap at Haydock Park last August, but Scott was confident that the gelding had improved as a four-year-old.

Ridden by regular jockey Callum Shepherd, Isle Of Jura was held up at the rear of the field and made up late ground to land the spoils by half a length over Mujtaba. 

He gave everyone connected with him the winter of a lifetime and for him to kind of validate his form here is very special for us," said Scott.

"He was giving a penalty away to the second horse, who is rated the same as him (112), albeit that horse is out of form.

"It was a very messy race, Isle Of Jura is a horse who loves to close off a strong pace and he didn't get any of that today. He really had to dig in with grit and show a proper will to win.

"Callum had so much confidence in him, he didn't panic, he had him in the right position and he got the job done.

"He'll certainly go to the Hardwicke now, back to a mile and a half on what will hopefully be fast ground and a fast pace – it should be absolutely perfect for him, really." 

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