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Article 4th November 2023 Newmarket

By Graham Clark

Kieran Shoemark demonstrated why his services are likely to be used on a more regular basis by John and Thady Gosden next year after overcoming a moment of adversity in the stalls before steering Regal Jubilee to victory in the British EBF 40th Anniversary Montrose Fillies’ Stakes at Newmarket today.   

With Frankie Dettori calling time on his career in Britain the 27-year-old helped strengthen his relationship with the powerhouse father and son team thanks to his latest Listed success aboard the daughter of Frankel in a dramatic renewal of the mile event. 

Having been forced to sit tight in the stalls himself aboard the last time out Windsor winner Shoemark then watched on as his weighing room colleague Cieren Fallon parted company with Marama moments after the gates opened reducing the field down to 11.  

After sitting midfield for much of the race the 9-1 chance received a nice tow in behind rivals before the gaps emerged and the Cheveley Park Stud-owned filly was able to make her bid for glory inside the final quarter of a mile. 

Appearing to handle the undulations of the Rowley Mile well Regal Jubilee soon powered past Beautiful Love and Molten Rock at the head of the field before passing the post two lengths clear of Je Zous to complete a 109-1 double for the Gosden team. 

Following the race Regal Jubilee was introduced at 20-1 for next year’s QIPCO 1000 Guineas by Paddy Power. 

Shoemark said: “She does a lot wrong still. She is entitled to be green still, and is she is very unexposed. She had a bit of an episode in the gates where she was sitting down and I thought for a moment she might get withdraw as she was really back on her behind.  

“They went a sensible gallop, and she travelled extremely well. I was just waiting for the gaps as I was trying to teach her plenty at the same time and when we hit the rising ground she found the line well. 

“I thought when we jumped out of the stalls that she had ruined her chances, but she surprised me as the further we went the better she was going. 

“She had to find a lot on ratings. I know she was very impressive in her novice last time at Windsor, but ultimately I don’t think we beat a whole lot and she was in a good position throughout. She has shown she has taken a huge step forward again.  

“She has got a little bit of a knee action so I thought she would like a bit of give in the ground, but this is a different ball game. 

“She has got that profile where she has now won a Listed race she can go away for the winter and look at big targets next year.”


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