17 Dec 2018
The Gerry Holian trained Jumeirah Charm qualified for next weekend’s English Oaks after finishing third behind Kevin Hutton’s Magical Vera in the first semi-final at Swindon on Saturday.
Jumeirah Charm had made a shock exit from last year’s English Oaks in the semi-final but fared better this time as she recovered from a slow start to finish third behind Magical Vera and Emers Cookie in 29.16. The favourite Donation was in the wars and failed to make the final.
Magical Vera is a litter sister to Skywalker Logan who will be contesting the final of the Slyne Memorial at Curraheen Park on Saturday.
The other semi was won by the Mark Wallis trained Chubbys Caviar (Tyrur Big Mike/ Pumpstreet Mike) as she led home Ravenswood Flo and Ballynabee Lucy in 28.98.
The draw for Saturday’s final is: 1 Ravenswood Flo, 2 Emers Cookie, 3 Ballynabee Lucy, 4 Jumeirah Charm, 5 Chubbys Caviar, 6 Magical Vera.
Gary Loughnane’s plan to challenge for the Golden Jacket at Crayford with Ballykett Beauty were scuppered when she sustained an injury while winning Friday’s Best Car Park Marathon final at Shelbourne.
Gary reports that “the bitch came off the bench on three legs on Saturday morning and we have decided to call it a day. She has a wrist injury and while she might be right to run in six to eight weeks the sensible course is to retire her as she is due to come in season in January”.
Winner of the 2017 Night of Stars 850, Ballykett proved herself a supreme staying champion with her performances in the marathon and she will now commence her breeding career”.