Jwala pulled a tremendous 40-1 upset in the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes (Eng-I) Aug. 23 at York in her top-level debut.
After racing prominently throughout as stablemate Spirit Quartz set the pace, Jwala took charge inside the final furlong and dug in to hold back Shea Shea by a half-length, with Sole Power a only nose back in third in the 17-horse field.
Jwala covered the five furlongs in :57.34 under Steve Drowne, emphatically rebounding from a last-place finish in the Betfred King George Stakes (Eng-II) Aug. 2 at Goodwood. Cowell said she hit her head on the starting gate in that race and fractured an eye socket.
In her start prior to that, she won a listed stakes July 13 at York at the Nunthorpe distance for her first stakes victory.
"I'm absolutely thrilled," Cowell told Racing Post after the Nunthorpe. "She is a grand filly who has come on leaps and bounds."
Al Quoz Sprint (UAE-I) victor and 3-1 favorite Shea Shea just outfinished 4-1 second favorite Sole Power by a nose to take the runner-up spot. Sole Power, winner of the King's Stand Stakes (Eng-I) in June at Royal Ascot, was seeking a second Nunthorpe win after capturing the 2010 edition at 100-1 odds. That pair made their bids a furlong out, but Jwala was uncatchable.
Jwala improved her record to five wins, four seconds, and a third from 15 career starts for breeder Manor Farm Stud, who campaigns the filly in a partnership. Last September, she finished second to Sole Power in a listed race at Doncaster.
With her win, Jwala earned a starting berth in the $1 million Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (gr. IT) at 6 1/2 furlongs Nov. 2 at Santa Anita Park because the Nunthorpe is part of the Breeders' Cup Challenge "Win and You're In" series.
Jockey S.J. Drowne captured the second group I win of his career aboard Jwala. He only recently returned to riding after missing a year with an illness.
Bred in Great Britain, Jwala is out of the winning Indian Ridge mare Kangra Valley, a half sister to group I winner and group-stakes producer Airwave.
Sire Oasis Dream, a 13-year-old son of Green Desert, stands at Juddmonte's Banstead Manor Stud in Newmarket. He has 71 stakes winners and 40 group winners from seven crops racing.
Following a win by The Fugue, a Dansili filly, in the Yorkshire Oaks (Eng-I) Aug. 22, Juddmonte stallions have accounted for two group I wins at this week's prestigious Ebor meeting at York.