Jewell shines bright with maiden double

Clonusker wins at Fontwell on Sunday
Clonusker wins at Fontwell on Sunday
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Linda Jewell celebrated her maiden double on Sunday – after more than 30 years in training.

The Kent handler, who was one of the first women to hold a flat jockey licence, saddled Itoldyou and Clonusker to glory on Fontwell’s richest card of the season.

The former, an eight-year-old son of Salford Express, stayed on brilliantly to win the Totepool Home Of Pool Betting Handicap Chase under Tom Cannon at 8/1.

And then Clonusker completed a memorable day for his Sutton Valence boss by making most for rider Gerard Tumelty to win the Toteexacta Pick The First And Second Handicap Hurdle at 10/1.

Jewell, who has just a dozen horses in training, insisted there is no secret to her success – although she acknowledged her horses were suited by the heavy conditions.

‘It is my first double and we are really pleased,’ she said.

‘We are doing nothing different but, if the horses are good enough, you look after them, keep them fit and healthy, you always have a chance.

‘Having said that, I do have a very muddy grass gallop, so these conditions come as no surprise to my horses.

‘They are effective on it and we just try to make the most of it.’

Jewell was sporting the biggest smile on the course after Clonusker brought home the double.

And the red-letter day stirred memories of her former Fontwell favourite, Smart Guy, who made more than 30 appearances at the West Sussex track – winning four times between 2001 and 2004.

She said: ‘Clonusker is a big, soft horse but has always threatened to go and do something like this.

‘He has never really been in a battle but he was very brave on Sunday.

‘I used to have a lot of winners here with a horse called Smart Guy.

‘He was a Fontwell favourite and was my Fontwell star.’