Glen Shiel Pointing to Diamond Jubilee

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Glen Shiel | Racingfotos.com

Group 1 winner Glen Shiel (GB) (Pivotal {GB}), who won the G1 QIPCO British Champions Sprint S. to give regular jockey Hollie Doyle her first Group 1, is being aimed at the June 19 G1 Diamond Jubilee S. at Royal Ascot. The 7-year-old gelding, who is trained by Archie Watson for Hambleton Racing Xxxvi & Partner most recently ran fourth in the G2 Weatherbys Ireland Greenlands S. at The Curragh on May 22.

Hambleton Racing Head Racing Manager Cosmo Charlton said,  “We were happy enough with that for his first run of the year. He was always going to come on a bit. Although he handles heavy ground, obviously the meeting was nearly abandoned. First time back on that ground, Hollie [Doyle] felt he'd come on for the run–and I thought he might just have been on the wrong part of the track as well.

“I think there were a combination of factors–and under a penalty first time out, it was no penalty kick. He could have got away with it, but it didn't quite pan out.

“It was very much a prep, and it's all systems go for Ascot now. He certainly handles plenty of cut, but Archie [Watson] has made it very clear that decent ground won't be a problem for him.”

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