Jwala: set for her last race before retirementPICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)
Cowell concerned about step up in trip for Jwala
TRAINER Robert Cowell is not confident shock Nunthorpe winner Jwala will stay six furlongs when she bids to become Europe's first winner of the Hong Kong Sprint next month.
The Oasis Dream filly, who shot to a 40-1 success under Steve Drowne in York's 5f sprint, is due to arrive in Hong Kong on Saturday and Cowell reports her in fine form for her last race before retirement.
He said: "Jwala's preparation for Hong Kong has gone well. She's in good form and ready to go."
A creditable fourth in the Prix de l'Abbaye followed the four-year-old's Nunthorpe win and Cowell was pleased with her effort on ground that was not in her favour.
He added: "She was half a length in front at the furlong pole but the ground just caught her out. The first, second and third were all soft-ground specialists and she's not so we were delighted."
Conditions at Sha Tin on December 8 are likely to suit Jwala, although the trip is an issue for Cowell, who saddled Prohibit to win the King's Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot in 2011.
"The step up to six furlongs is an obvious concern and we aren't particularly confident that she will get it, but she has a relaxed style of racing and will give herself every chance," he said.
"Going round a bend won't be a problem."
Jwala, 20-1 for the Sprint with bet365, raced over six furlongs four times as a two-year-old and was placed twice.