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Jealous Again Ascot June 2009

Jealous Again: came home five lengths clear under John Velazquez

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Jealous Again blasts to Queen Mary victory

Report: Royal Ascot, Wednesday

Queen Mary Stakes (Fillies' Group 2) 5f

IT was a case of deja-vu for American trainer Wesley Ward as, just as Strike The Tiger had done in the Windsor Castle Stakes on Tuesday, his Jealous Again bolted out of the stalls, grabbed the rail and was never caught.

Strike The Tiger was allowed to go offat 33-1 - that mistake was not made here. Sent off a well-backed 13-2, Pricewise pick Jealous Again was tracked by Lady Royal Oak, racing in the centre, and Misheer, but the rest of the pack sat several lengths adrift.

Neil Callan drove Misheer clear of the rest but Jealous Again was never in danger of losing and passed the post a stunning five-length winner.

Ward, who is joint leading trainer at the meeting with Richard Hannon, warned after the race that he had saved his best horse until last. "I thought I would save my best runner for the weakest race and that is Aegean in the Albany Stakes," the trainer said.

Of Jealous Again, Ward said: "She ran brilliantly. I'm very proud of her, Johnny rode a great race and everything went just like we thought.

"In America we train for speed and the reason I came over here was I thought the others in the race here are trained to go on for next year.

"I just thought I'd get a jump on the other trainers over here. Your horses are bred to go longer and ours are bred for speed and it worked out today."

Velazquez added: "It was pretty easy. She was getting a bit finicky in the gate and she was getting a bit anxious for the others to come in.

"When the doors opened I yelled at her to make sure she got out. It is an easy job for me. The trainer had them ready to come over here.

"I was not surprised for her to do it out here and when she did I was very happy."

Clive Brittain, trainer of the runner-up, said: "I'm delighted with her, that was another good run. She stayed on okay and wasn't beaten for a lack of speed. I knew she was the best of the English and she has shown heart.

"She's yet again performed with credit and I don't think we've seen the best of her yet, she'll have no problems with another two furlongs."

Bryan Smart, trainer of the third-placed Ceedwell, said: "The winner was exceptional on the day and I'd say that's the best Queen Mary for the last three or four years.

"I called her the best filly I've had for a long time and I'm standing by that.

"The Cheveley Park will be her race this year as the ground will be on her side and I think she wants six furlongs."

Jealous Again's success also marked the second Royal Ascot juvenile winner by a South African-based stallion.

Her sire, the Grade 1-winning sprinter Trippi, was sold tostand at Drackenstein Stud Farm in South Africa last July after covering his seventh season at Ocala Stud, Florida.

The son of End Sweep was Florida's leading sire by earnings in 2007 and has been represented by 15 stakes winners including Grade 2 winner Trippi's Storm.

Tiger Ridge, the sire of Tuesday's Windsor Castle Stakes winner Strike The Tiger, started his stud career at Hartley/deRenzo South in Florida before relocating to Wilgerbosdrift Stud in South Africain 2006.

Harold Plumley bred Jealous Again, a $30,000 OBS yearling purchase who is the sixth winner out of Chi Sa, a winning daughter of Bold Ruckus. Jealous Again's second dam is the multiple Canadian stakes winner Sinister Spinster.





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