Popular Group One-winning grey Lord Glitters has been retired after a stellar career which saw him win over £2.2 million in prize money.
Trainer David O’Meara had mulled over the possibility of sending him back to Sakir racecourse to defend the Bahrain International Trophy which he won last November, yet the nine-year-old had shown signs that the old spark was no longer there.
Carrying the colours of the late Geoff Turnbull and his wife Sandra, the highlight of his career came when he won the Group One Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot in 2019, downing Beat The Bank by a neck.
He also won the Group One Jebel Hatta in Dubai last year, successive renewals of the Singspiel Stakes at Meydan, the Balmoral Handicap at Ascot and the Group Three Strensall Stakes at York.
A son of Whipper, the gelding’s last success came in the Group Two Singspiel at Meydan in February, one of four runs this year.
However, connections have called time on his globetrotting career after he finished last of five to Bay Bridge in the Brigadier Gerard Stakes at Sandown in May.
O’Meara said: “It is not sad at all, really. Every horse has to retire.
“Obviously, if he was still going, we’d go back to Bahrain, as he had each of the past few winters abroad, but we feel he’s had enough. He’s had a lot of racing on his old body and it now looks like it is time to pack up.
“He had a good winter. He won the Bahrain Trophy and the Singspiel again and I don’t want him to decline – I want him to finish off having a good year and this seems to be the right time now.
“He’s had a good career. He’s won a lot of prize money and won a lot of big races and has been brilliant for us and a huge flag-bearer for the yard.
“I know he has been campaigned a lot abroad, but to win almost two and a quarter million in prize money is very good for a horse based in England.”
Lord Glitters began his career in France before being purchased for €270,000 at the Arqana Summer Sale in 2017 by the Turnbulls and bows out a winner of 11 of his 46 starts.
His top-level success in Britain was a career highlight for his owner, as O’Meara explained: “It was always Geoff’s dream to have a Royal Ascot winner, so to win the Group One Queen Anne on the first day for him, he had a good day that day!”
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William Haggas may be in a rich vein of form at present, yet that has not stopped him warning punters about the fitness of Addeybb as he makes his seasonal debut in the Coral Brigadier Gerard Stakes at Sandown on Thursday evening.
The Pivotal gelding, winner of three Group Ones in Australia as well as the 2020 Champion Stakes at Ascot, has taken time to come to hand following a hock infection, which means he will be returning from a seven-month absence.
The eight-year-old, who will be ridden by Tom Marquand, takes on five rivals in a strong renewal of the 10-furlong Group Three contest, with Haggas hoping he can build upon the race and book his ticket for Royal Ascot.
“He is a good horse and he has taken a bit of getting fit,” said Haggas. “He needs this race in preparation for Ascot, but he is as fit as we can get him without killing him.
“I just want to see a bit of spark from him. He loves racing and it is a decent race.”
His rivals include the John and Thady Gosden-trained Mostahdaf, who opened his four-year-old campaign with success in the Group Three Gordon Richards Stakes over the same course and distance, and Sir Michael Stoute’s Bay Bridge, who is unbeaten in his last four starts and also makes his seasonal bow.
Haggas continued: “There are two very smart horses against him and I guess we will all be in the same boat. John’s horse has had a run but he has a 3lb penalty.
“The other horse is a typical Sir Michael improver and he will be very hard to beat as well.
“But as long as Addeybb runs a good race and looks like he still has plenty of ability, I will be happy.”
Thady Gosden says Mostahdaf, the mount of Jim Crowley, has taken his pipe-opener well, and hopes he will be able to concede 3lb to main market rivals Addeybb and Bay Bridge.
He said: “He had done well since he won the Gordon Richards. He won that well enough on the same track. He does carry a 3lb penalty in what is a very competitive Brigadier Gerard, as Addeyeb, as we know, is a good horse with a serious record.
“Mostahdhaf is a horse with a very good action and obviously won’t want any extremes of ground, so the ground should not be a concern.
“We hope he will run nicely and not find any trouble in running which can sometimes happen at Sandown.”
After an unbeaten three-year-old campaign, Stoute hopes Bay Bridge can continue to climb the latter on his first start since winning the James Seymour Stakes over a similar trip at Newmarket in October.
“He is climbing into Group Class,” said Stoute. “It is a very tough contest. He will run well but he has been off a long time and it will just put an edge on him.
“I’m not worried about the ground and we don’t need any rain. He will take it soft and it will be good to firm at Sandown I think, which will be fine for him.”
Nine-year-old Lord Glitters shoulders top weight of 9st 7lb, having landed the valuable Group Two Singspiel Stakes at Meydan in February, and is asked to concede 5lb to both Addeybb and Bay Bridge.
Winner of 10 of his 42 races, the globetrotting grey has amassed over £2.2 million in prize money and his trainer, David O’Meara, says anything he does now is a bonus.
“Life is gong to be pretty tough for him for a bit with that penalty for winning the Singspiel Stakes, the Group Two in Dubai,” said O’Meara.
“He has had a brilliant winter and he won the Bahrain International Trophy as well as the Singspiel.
“For all we have a little moan about the penalty, he has won a lot of money this winter and we have to get him started somewhere.
“I didn’t think he was quite up to the Queen Anne this year as he is getting on and he probably wants nine or 10 furlongs nowadays. So, we’ll start here.
“He feels great at home and he seems in good form – he is working well, but it just seems a big ask to give that weight away to some good horses.”
Should all go well for Lord Glitters at Sandown, O’Meara could stay closer to home for his next start.
“There are a couple of races at York – the York Stakes and the Strensall in August,” said O’Meara. “These are the type of races we will look at.
“He has won over £2million in prize money and I’m not sure there are too many horses racing at the moment who have done that.”
Though Saeed bin Suroor is likely heading to Ripon to watch exciting prospect Shining Blue run in a novice race, he will have more than one eye on Dubai Future and Passion And Glory, who round out the field.
Dubai Future has plenty to find with Lord Glitters on his run in the Bahrain International Trophy, but was not disgraced despite being unplaced in the Group One Dubai Sheema Classic when last seen in March.
Passion And Glory has similarly not had a run since finishing a close-up fifth to Stay Foolish in the Dubai Gold Cup and drops back in trip after that run in the two-mile Group Two contest at Meydan.
“It is a very tough race with some very good horses,” said Bin Suroor. “This will be a preparation to get them to get them ready for Royal Ascot.
“Dubai Future has a Hardwicke Stakes entry, but I want to see them both run well, otherwise I won’t run them at Ascot. They have both had a couple of months’ break after running in Meydan.
“The ground will be fine with them and the the horses are running well.”
Bay Bridge, the exciting Sir Michael Stoute-trained colt who won all four of his starts last year, is set to make his seasonal bow in the Coral Brigadier Gerard Stakes at Sandown.
Last May, the son of New Bay was an impressive four-length winner of Newbury’s London Gold Cup – traditionally one of the season’s most informative three-year-old handicaps – but as ante-post favourite, was ruled out of the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot with a foot abscess.
He returned in October to score in a competitive handicap at York and followed up with a workmanlike success in the Listed James Seymour Stakes at Newmarket.
Now, Bay Bridge will bid to give Stoute a record 12th success in the 10-furlong Group Three event at the Esher track on May 26.
Stoute said: “Bay Bridge is going to go to Sandown for the Brigadier Gerard.
“He is almost ready to come out. He has had a good preparation and now it is time to get down to work.
“We will worry about any targets after he runs at Sandown. As always, we take it one race at a time.”
Stoute is also mulling over options for Lights On, who impressed when beating Mutasaabeq by a neck in the Group Two bet365 Mile at Sandown.
The master of Freemason Lodge Stables is keeping an eye on the weather before making firm plans for the five-year-old daughter of Siyouni.
“Lights On did it really well at Sandown,” said Stoute. “She doesn’t want the ground too fast, so she will be ground dependent.
“She doesn’t need it soft, but she doesn’t want it quick, either.”
Stoute is “still thinking” about her next possible target, which could include a possible tilt at the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot, for which she is currently a general 20-1 chance.
However, he ruled her out of Epsom, adding: “We will have another Cheveley Park filly to go to Epsom.
“Potapova was beaten a short head at Kempton last time (in the Listed Snowdrop Fillies’ Stakes) and she will go to Epsom for the (Group Three) Princess Elizabeth Stakes (on June 4).”
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Euchen Glen bounced right back to his very best to take the Coral Brigadier Gerard Stakes at Sandown.
After returning from nearly two years on the sidelines to win three times in 2020, the Jim Goldie-trained eight-year-old had been below par in two runs so far this season – but put those efforts well behind him to record a career-best Group Two triumph, one achieved with a 3lb penalty.
Ridden at the back of the four-runner field as Sangarius bowled along in front closely attended by Extra Elusive, it looked like Jim Goldie’s mount had plenty on his plate with Ryan Moore on the even-money favourite seemingly going great guns aboard the even-money favourite.
But Sangarius could not put his rivals away, and as he started to tread water Euchen Glen (20-1) really picked up for Paul Mulrennan and swept to the front, streaking clear to win by four and a quarter lengths, in a race run this year in memory of Brigadier Gerard’s rider Joe Mercer.
Mulrennan said: “Coming back in trip suited him, he’s been slightly over-racing so we thought if we came back in trip and rode him quiet like when I won on him at Haydock (it might work).
“Jim’s horses have just been coming into form the last couple of weeks and turned a corner, the ground was perfect, it’s a stiff track and there was always going to be a stiff pace to aim at.
“I almost got there too soon and had to take a pull, but that’s the first time this year he’s been relaxed in my hands and he was able to finish off. They stopped in front and he had nothing else to race with.
“It’s credit to Jim Goldie, he had that serious injury after winning the John Smith’s Cup (in 2018), and that was over a mile and a quarter. To get him back to this sort of level is a credit to Jim.”
He added: “I’d say that was his career-best, giving 3lb away. He wasn’t doing a great deal in front and he tends to get better as the year goes on.
“It took him a few runs to get his confidence back after his injury, but then he had a really good run at the end of last season winning some good races.
“I know the Melbourne Cup was a bit of a target, but that has probably gone now. The Ebor is probably the race for him, with good prize-money.
“It was worth the trip down at least, I actually led my first ever horse up here about 20-odd years ago when I started at Brian Meehan’s.”
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