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    Isle of Jura returns to his domestic actions
Isle of Jura returns to his domestic actions
Isle of Jura. Source: offalyexpress.ie

Isle of Jura returns to his domestic actions

Isle Of Jura will have the opportunity to continue his lucrative spell in Bahrain this Friday when he competes in the William Hill Festival Stakes at Goodwood.

At the beginning of the year, the four-year-old, trained by progressive George Scott, participated in five races in the Middle East, winning four and placing second in his lone loss.

Although he has won twice at the local listed level, Charlie Appleby's King of Conquest, which finished fourth in last weekend's Aston Park at Newbury, is a good indicator of his form.

Scott switched to Sussex due to heavy rain, although the Isle of Jura was declared for the Brigadier Gerard Stakes at Sandown on Thursday.

“Given his owners are from Bahrain, to win the Triple Crown out there was important and he was an absolute star for us,” said Scott. “I thought the last race was a particularly good effort, as it was his fifth run and it was clear that he was coming to the end of his tether out there. He was stepping up to a mile and a half, but he dug in deep and showed a great attitude to win comfortably, so I was proud of that. He has it all to prove again back in England, we had him in at Sandown but the ground was so much better at Goodwood – for a change, as Goodwood are owed a bit of relief! When he was out in Bahrain you could see him thrive. He’s a giant of a horse, over 17 hands, he did really well in the sun and loved the routine out there, but he’s carried it back to Newmarket, he looks superb and we’re really looking forward to getting him started. It will be fascinating to see how his form translates. What he has got in his corner is he is very well-bred, he’s not outperforming his pedigree at all – he’s bred to be very good. He’s from a late-maturing Godolphin family, so we’re hoping he’s competitive in stakes races back in England.”

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