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Jawwaal deserves his step up at Ascot

Trainer Michael Dods says Jawwaal deserves his tilt at a step up into a Heritage Handicap at Ascot tomorrow following his recent victory at Doncaster.

The five-year-old gelding, pictured in the yard with apprentice Aidan Redpath, goes in the ultra-competitive Betfred Heritage Handicap against 18 opponents with Callum Rodriguez in the saddle.

Here's what Michael has to say in his regular Weekend Preview on the stable's Facebook page:

"It’s been another busy week with some good performances and we go into the weekend with five runners, three on Saturday and a couple on Sunday.

JAWWAAL goes down to Ascot for the Betfred Heritage Handicap following his victory at Doncaster last month. Callum Rodriguez rode him that day and he’s back in the saddle tomorrow. He won well at Doncaster and he deserves this step up into a Heritage Handicap. It’s very competitive and it’s a question of seeing if he’s good enough but he’s in good form and the ground will suit.

MAGISTERIUM goes next on the all-weather at Newcastle, in the Visitattheraces.com/British Stallion Studs EBF Fillies’ Novices Stakes. She made a promising debut to be second at Doncaster and followed up with an impressive win at Redcar next time. Paul Mulrennan has been in the plate both times and resumes the relationship tomorrow. It’s her first time on the all-weather and she has a penalty for her Redcar win. There are some decent-looking horses in the race but we needed to get her out again and this looked the right opportunity.

TIME FOR A GOOD UN runs at Newcastle half an hour later in the Sky Sports Racing HD Virgin 535/British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Auction Stakes. He ran well to be fourth on his debut at Pontefract over six furlongs. It looked as though the step up to seven furlongs would suit, and even a mile. He’s a nice horse, in good form and, hopefully, he’ll run well.

MADRESELVA kicks us off on Sunday up in Scotland, running in the British Stallions Studs EBF Novice Auction Stakes at Hamilton. We were pleased with her debut when she was third at Ripon, and seems a very straight forward filly.

Then we have ANTICO LADY in the Bet At racingtv.com Fillies’ Handicap. She’s had two runs so far, running with credit at Wolverhampton and Haydock. She likes to get her toe in so the ground will suit and, hopefully, she’ll run well."