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Isle Of Jura set for Royal Ascot

With the 2024 renewal of Royal Ascot just over the horizon, Isle Of Jura seems set to take part in the Hardwicke Stakes this year.

Excitement and anticipation amongst horse racing enthusiasts across the country and the world are certainly building ahead of the rapidly approaching 2024 renewal of the highly prestigious Royal Ascot. Five days of enthralling action gets underway at the equally iconic Ascot Racecourse from Tuesday 18th to Saturday 22nd June 2024.

No less than 35 races are set to take place throughout the event, which will include races like the Hardwicke Stakes, the Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Stakes, the Ascot Stakes, the Prince of Wales’s Stakes and, of course, the Ascot Gold Cup. The Gold Cup is the oldest race at Royal Ascot, and this famous race has the likes of Lester Piggott and Johnny Murtagh as winners over the years.

There are of course going to be several horses taking part across all of the races this year, and one of them in particular is George Scott’s Isle Of Jura, who looks set to take part in the aforementioned Hardwicke Stakes this year.

Isle Of Jura is coming into this year’s Royal Ascot off the back of some incredible form over the last few months with a number of race wins in Bahrain, including no less than 3 Al Khalifa Cup race wins.

The first race in Bahrain took place on 8th December 2023 in the Al Muharraq Cup by Texel Air, which saw Jockey Callum Shepherd fend off stern competition from the likes of Ebrahim Nader’s Box To Box and Rowan Scott’s Lucander to win the race. This was then followed by a second place finish for Shepherd in the Al Dana Cup a few weeks later on 29th December 2023 – this race was won by Lucander. Box to Box came in third on this occasion.

Then came the 2024 His Royal Highness Prince Salman Bin Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa Cup on 2nd February, which was won by George Scott’s Isle Of Jura, who was once again ridden to victory by Callum Shepherd. This time, it was Gerald Mosse’s American Flag who came out as the runner-up in second place, whilst Lucander, ridden by Pat Cosgrove, came in third.

A second win in succession then came in the race that came after that, which was the His Royal Highness Sheikh Nasser Bin Hamad Al Khalifa Cup on 16th February. Shepherd and Isle Of Jura managed to come out on top once again, finishing in first place after fending off competition from the likes of Jason Watson’s Panning For Gold and Charles Bishop’s Lucander, who had to settle for a second and third place finish respectively.

As of the time of writing, the most recent race that George Scott and Isle Of Jura have taken part in is the 2024 His Majesty King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa Cup, King Of Bahrain on 8th March 2024. Soufiane Saadi’s Sovereign Spirit and Neil Callan’s Panning For Gold settled for second and third place after Shepherd managed to lead Isle Of Jura to a third successive win in Bahrain overall.

Over the course of the races in Bahrain, £300,000 worth of prize money was earned by Victorious Racing, who are the owners of Isle Of Jura. This is a lot of prize money, but Royal Ascot is incredibly famous for not only prestigious races, but also races that offer a significant amount of prize money for the winner each year.

For example, the famous Ascot Gold Cup is worth no less than £650,000 for the winner in prize money whilst the Prince of Wales’s Stakes is worth an incredible £1,000,000 in prize money for whoever emerges victorious in the race.

After some great form with several race wins in Bahrain recently, George Scott will be hoping that Isle of Jura can carry this tremendous form into the 2024 edition of the prestigious Hardwicke Stakes at Ascot Racecourse on 22nd June.

This is what Scott had to say about Isle Of Jura and participation in the Hardwicke Stakes at 2024’s Royal Ascot (via the Racing Post): “Isle Of Jura went out for a couple of weeks when he came back from Bahrain,” he said. “He’s going to go for the Hardwicke and I suspect he’ll go straight there, but he could take in a prep on the way.

“What he did this winter was so thrilling – he made history – and it’s not easy to do that. He’s come back to England with a rating of 112, he’s bred to be a very good horse and he’s an outstanding physical, so he’s probably earned the right to start off in a race like that and then we can make plans going forward.

“James Garfield was rated 119 but he’s certainly the most exciting horse we’ve had for some time. He has it all to prove back in England in a way but he beat some very good Godolphin horses in Bahrain.”

With the 2024 renewal of the iconic and illustrious Royal Ascot underway in a matter of weeks at Ascot Racecourse, excitement, and anticipation are certainly on the rise amongst horse racing fans.

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