O’Meara eyeing more international gold for Lord Glitters

Lord Glitters will be off on his travels again this winter following his last-gasp victory in the Bahrain International Trophy.

Trainer David O’Meara is eyeing another spell in Dubai and possibly fitting in a trip to Saudi Arabia in February for the Neom Turf Cup as well.

The eight-year-old returned to O’Meara’s North Yorkshire stables from Bahrain on Thursday night after his thrilling win when he came from last to first to land the £262,500 first prize and take his total career earnings past £2million.

“He’s grand and he looks very well. He showed in Bahrain he’s all class,” said O’Meara.

“He might do Dubai and he may do Saudi as well. Anyway, he’ll run abroad during the winter.

“The race he might go for in Saudi is the mile-and-a-quarter race, True Self won it for Willie Mullins.”

Lord Glitters enjoyed a successful stint in Dubai last winter, winning the Group One Jebel Hatta and the Group Two Singspiel Stakes from four starts.

Globetrotting star Lord Glitters claims Bahrain gold

Lord Glitters came from last to first to land a thrilling renewal of the Bahrain International Trophy.

Winner of the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot in 2019 and twice successful in Dubai earlier this year, David O’Meara’s “horse of a lifetime” was last seen finishing last of 10 in the QEII on Champions Day last month.

The eight-year-old was forced to concede weight all round to his younger rivals in this £500,000 Group Three, but claimed his 10th career victory under a well-judged ride from Jason Watson.

Positioned at the rear of the field for much of the 10-furlong contest, Lord Glitters began to make smooth headway early in the home straight.

Racing inside the final furlong, it looked like it might be a one-two for Godolphin, with Andre Fabre’s French challenger Magny Cours battling it out for the lead with the Charlie Appleby-trained Barney Roy.

But O’Meara’s veteran had other ideas – finishing strongly to get up in the dying strides.

O’Meara said: “He’s not getting any younger – he’s rising nine. To come out here and give a penalty away to all these is brilliant.

“We came here last year and finished fifth and felt we had a bit of unfinished business. We got behind a little bit and in a steadily-run race it was won off the front.

“Today there was a lot of talk it was going to be well-run, which we were delighted to hear.

“Coming abroad and winning any big race is brilliant. Coming out here is class.”

David O’Meara was thrilled by the victory of Lord Glitters
David O’Meara was thrilled by the victory of Lord Glitters (Anna Gowthorpe/PA)

He added: “He is a fantastic horse; I might have been quoted in the past saying that he is a horse of a lifetime and I think he is for us.

“He did well in Dubai last year and that is the plan again if he comes out of this race well. The Saudi Cup meeting is an option now so we will bring him home and see how he is and start planning for that.”

The trainer was also keen to praise Watson’s part in the victory, saying: “Jason is a hell of a talent. He’s substituting for Danny (Tudhope) today, who is off injured, and he’s done a fantastic job.”

Jason Watson steered Lord Glitters to victory
Jason Watson steered Lord Glitters to victory (John Walton/PA)

Watson said: “I came out here with a lot of nerves. I wouldn’t call myself a nervous rider or someone who gets too worried about big days, but this horse is so important to the yard back home and to David and the connections.

“To ride a champion like him, and now to go and win on him, is just an honour really.

“There was always going to a lot of pace in the race, which was always going to suit us.

“Fair play to the horse – I couldn’t have asked him to do any more.”

Murphy back to double-figure lead over Buick in title battle

Oisin Murphy broke new ground with his first winner at Hamilton as he stretched his jockeys’ championship lead over William Buick to double figures.

While Murphy’s title rival had to serve a ban on Sunday, the dual champion made a rare trip to the Scottish course for five rides.

He was out of luck on the first two, as Ben Curtis instead rode a quickfire double, but then struck on all-the-way winner Trusty Scout in the Big Drew Hunter Memorial Selling Stakes – taking his tally to 134 this season, and into a lead of 10 over Buick.

Trusty Scout, also providing trainer David O’Meara with a double, dominated from the front on rain-softened ground to win at 16-5, by a length and three-quarters from Caballero.

Assessing his battle over the next month to outdo Buick and record his third successive title, Murphy told Racing TV: “It’s really hotting up, (and) he’s going to have a lot of ammunition coming up – with Charlie Appleby’s two-year-olds.

“So I’m going to have to work very hard, and stay out of the stewards’ room – and I hope the yards I’m riding for will keep flying.

“They’ve been having great seasons – from Andrew Balding, Ed Walker, Hughie Morrison, Saeed bin Suroor, loads of people have been helping me.

“So if we can finish off the next few weeks that would be brilliant.”

Murphy was again unplaced on his fourth mount Water Of Leith, and then had to settle for second at his final attempt with Mews House – behind easy winning favourite Albegone in the Members Of Hamilton Park Racecourse Handicap.

But reflecting on the previously unsuccessful Trusty Scout’s first career victory, he added: “It’s great to get on the scoresheet here.

“I’ve been here before and haven’t had a winner – so thanks to David O’Meara for putting me on one today.

“I actually missed a winner here, because my flight was delayed the last time I was here. But thankfully, we were on time today!”

Both Murphy and Buick are in action on Monday, at Leicester.

Lord Glitters set to sparkle at Haydock

Lord Glitters bids to take his career tally of victories into double figures in the Betfair Double Daily Rewards Superior Mile at Haydock.

David O’Meara’s stable stalwart enjoyed Group One success in Dubai earlier in the year and has finished fourth in both the Lockinge at Newbury and the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot since returning to Britain.

He had to make do with the runner-up spot on his most recent appearance in the Strensall Stakes at York when conceding 7lb to Saeed bin Suroor’s smart Real World – and hopes are high the seven-year-old can go one better in Group Three company on Merseyside.

“He ran very well at York a couple of weeks ago, giving his Group One penalty away. That’s come off now, which should give him a good chance really,” said O’Meara.

“He’s in good form and his holding his form well.

“The ground should OK. He was running out in Dubai on quick ground during the winter, so hopefully it will be fine.”

The biggest threat to Lord Glitters on ratings is the William Haggas-trained My Oberon, who is fitted with blinkers for the first time.

Mark Johnston’s Maydanny, who won the Unibet Goodwood Mile before finishing seventh in another valuable handicap at York last month, tests the water at Pattern level for the first time.

Maydanny has strong claims at Haydock
Maydanny has strong claims at Haydock (Alan Crowhurst/PA)

Angus Gold, racing manager for owners Shadwell Estate, said: “Mark elected to keep him handicap company the other day at York, having won well at Goodwood.

“They went an ordinary pace and he was outpaced when they quickened and stayed on as if he wants to go further now.

“I did ask whether we should look at a mile-and-a-quarter race, but the team felt it was going to be a small field in this race and he deserves his chance in Pattern company.

“I’m not going to say he’s going to go and win it, but he thoroughly deserves his chance.”

Saturday’s card gets under way with the Listed Betfair Exchange Ascendant Stakes, which sees Charlie Appleby’s Hafit bidding to make it two wins from two starts.

The Dubawi colt was bought for 2.1million guineas as a yearling and made a successful start to his career at Newmarket last month – and with both the second and third home winning since, he will be a hot favourite to follow up.

Hugo Palmer’s Power Of Beauty, Kevin Ryan’s Triple Time and Dukebox from Richard Hannon’s yard also bring winning form to the table in what promises to be an informative contest.

Hat-trick seekers Valley Forge (Andrew Balding) and Vino Victrix (Hughie Morrison) do battle in the £100,000 “My Odds Boost” On Betfair Handicap, while a typically competitive field will go to post for the £80,000 Betfair Exchange Old Borough Cup.

One of the leading contenders for the one-mile-six-furlong contest is Noble Masquerade, who has won two of his last three starts for trainer Eve Johnson Houghton.

She said: “We’re very hopeful. He seems in good form, his form is really good and he’s got in off a really low weight (8st 2lb).

“He hasn’t really surprised us. He’s always had the ability and has just had niggly issues with growing pains and things like that – he’s taken a bit of time to find himself.

“This year he has just improved and improved after being given a bit of time, so fingers crossed he’ll go really well.”

Summer Hurdle prize goes to Stonific

Stonific made light of a lengthy break from hurdling to take the £35,000 Betway Summer Handicap Hurdle at Market Rasen.

Trained by David O’Meara and campaigned on the Flat since February 2020, the eight-year-old had been successful three times on the level during his jumping sabbatical and showed no signs of rustiness under the National Hunt code.

Starting at 40-1 under Tom Scudamore, the bay battled past his rivals in a tight run in to the line to prevail by a head from Emma Lavelle’s Hang In There.

“I just wish David had a few more jumpers after that, he’s got enough Flat horses,” smiled Scudamore said after the performance.

“It’s been too long (in front of a crowd) for obvious reasons, but it’s lovely to see everybody and for a syndicate like this, there’s plenty of stories and it doesn’t take much to get involved.”

“He was very tough there and it’s nice to get a winner for David and the owners.”

Steve Jessop, representing winning part-owners Hurn Racing Club, added: “We’re all from Beverley and there’s 14 in the group, while the other half (Rasio Cymru) had a winner last night, so we’re having a good do!

“We’re just working class people and we’ve had the syndicate for 25 years so it’s just unbelievable to win this.”

Take The Fear enjoys a deserved drink
Take The Fear enjoys a deserved drink (Molly Hunter/PA)

Taste The Fear continued his fine run of summer form when taking the Heed Your Hunch At Betway Handicap Hurdle for Sam Twiston-Davies and Dr Richard Newland.

The six-year-old has won twice since March and has been placed in virtually all of his runs this year, finishing second on his handicap debut at Uttoxeter last time out after a spring campaign in novice company.

Starting at 100-30 for the six-runner contest, the gelding travelled strongly throughout and eventually took up the lead with two flights remaining, crossing the line two and three-quarters of a length ahead of Ask Henry.

“It was nice little race for him and he’s such a genuine horse,” Newland said.

“We had injury problems with him last year and we couldn’t get him on the track after his bumper win, but since we’ve got going he hasn’t looked back.

“If he hasn’t won he’s been placed on nearly every run, he’s been super.

“He’ll have a break, he will handle softer ground so in my eyes that might help him, I’m going to give him a six-week break and then you’ll probably see him back in October or November.”

Dal Horrisgle followed up an easy win at Uttoxeter with another at Market Rasen, this time taking the Betway Novices’ Hurdle by eight lengths under Tom Cannon.

The 1-5 favourite of a field of three, Alan King’s charge continued his fruitful summer campaign when making all the running and coming home comfortably ahead of both of his rivals.

“It’s a hot day and he had a bit of weight so we didn’t have to go hard,” Cannon said.

“We just got racing two (hurdles) out and he won really nicely.”

Sir Hoodie was victorious for his new stable when taking the Betway Handicap Hurdle for Harry Bannister and Alex Hales.

The seven-year-old joined Hales’ yard following the retirement of Charlie Mann, finishing fifth on his debut for his new handler and progressing to seal a five-and-a-half-length victory in Lincolnshire.

“When Charlie retired he very kindly asked the owners to send some horses our way and this is one of them,” Hales said.

“She came to us and was a bit disappointing, but she’s had a wind op and the owner adores her, she’s won plenty of races and she’s a lovely mare to have around.

“I’m thankful because Charlie put a lot of faith in me with these horses, so it’s great to win with one.”

Sunset Showdown prevailed at 3-1 for Aidan Coleman and Rebecca Curtis in the Betway Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase, after which the concluding race of the day, the Heed Your Hunch At Betway Handicap Chase, was claimed by Rooster Cogburn (85-40 favourite) for Sean and Peter Bowen.

Connections thrilled with progress of Epsom winner Rhoscolyn

Connections of Rhoscolyn are weighing up options at Newmarket and Windsor this weekend for the progressive three-year-old.

Bought out of Charlie Hills’ stable and sent to David O’Meara, the Territories gelding won at Beverley three starts ago off a mark of 74 and his most recent victory at Epsom saw him raised to 104.

He holds an entry in the Criterion Stakes at Newmarket and the Midsummer Stakes at Windsor on Saturday, with the latter a slight favourite at present.

“I haven’t had a good look at both races yet. The Windsor race is over a mile and we’d have preferred to keep him over seven, but equally the Windsor race looks a bit less competitive,” said Chris Dixon, part of The Horse Watchers syndicate who own Rhoscolyn.

“The ground at Windsor will be pretty bad, which won’t be a bother for us, and it might mean that race cuts up a bit so it could mean we end up there. Also, David has another horse in the Newmarket race.

“It’s caught us out how quickly he’s improved. We were confident he’d be rated 90 or higher when we bought him, but it’s taken us aback a bit, especially when he was beaten off 74 at Lingfield second time out this season. Three runs later he’s rated 104.

“He’s doesn’t need cut, he won on quick ground at Haydock last year for Charlie Hills. We actually weren’t going to run him at Beverley when the ground turned soft there. It’s a good job we did.

“He’s been finishing off well over seven, his dam won over a mile and I’ve no concerns that he’ll stay, a mile will be the top end of what he wants, though. He might just be a seven-furlong specialist, we just haven’t been put off trying a mile yet.

“He could be a horse we’ll travel with or the most sensible financial option is to move them on – but in the short term we’re keen to see how he gets on in Listed and Group races first. We could be looking to take him to France at some stage.

“He’s an exciting horse.”

Spinner speeds home for impressive Cecil Frail success

Twilight Spinner took a step up to Listed class in her stride as she ran out an emphatic winner of the EBF British Stallion Studs Cecil Frail at Haydock.

Unraced as a juvenile last season, David O’Meara’s filly finished third on her racecourse debut at Pontefract last month before opening her account with a clear-cut victory at Ripon a fortnight ago.

The Hambleton Racing-owned three-year-old was an 8-1 shot for her latest assignment on Merseyside and could hardly have been more impressive.

Settled at the rear of the field for much of the contest, Twilight Spinner began to make inroads inside the final two furlongs and was in front passing the one-furlong marker.

Once asked to fully extend by Shane Gray, the daughter of crack sprinter Twilight Son displayed smart acceleration given the testing conditions to pull six and a half lengths clear of the significantly more experienced Ventura Diamond.

O’Meara said: “It was a bit of a gamble pitching her straight into this. She’s only run twice and won a maiden last time out. Going from a maiden to doing that is quite something.

“I thought in doing what she did at Ripon, she achieved a lot. She beat her own side by 12 or 15 lengths – it looked like she was well above average.

“The ground today was a bit of an unknown, but Spinatrix, the dam, liked soft ground. The sire, Twilight Son, we weren’t sure.

“Shane gave her a great ride. He got her across from the wing and took his time. Then she came alive.

“I’ll speak to Simon Turner of Hambleton Racing and see what they want to do.

“It’s early days in her career. She’s still only a frame, so I’d like to think she could go to the very top.

“She’s not going to be done and dusted at three – she’s got a huge future.”

Twilight Spinner’s rider was similarly impressed.

“That was very good. Obviously it was only her third run. She did it really well,” said Gray.

“She was still a bit green early doors, (but) two furlongs out she picked up really well.

“She loves the ground and I think she’s a smart filly.”

Market principals Last Empire and Dandalla were both disappointing, finishing second-last and last respectively.

Summer special denies Oxted in Abernant

Summerghand finished with a flourish to deny hot favourite Oxted back-to-back victories in the bet365 Abernant Stakes at Newmarket.

The Group Three contest proved a springboard to Group One glory for Roger Teal’s Oxted last season as he successfully moved from the Rowley Mile to the July Course to win the July Cup.

Down the field in the Riyadh Dirt Sprint in Saudi Arabia on his latest appearance, the five-year-old was widely expected to bounce back to back to winning ways on his return turf – but odds-on backers had their fingers burnt by David O’Meara’s stable stalwart Summerghand.

With Ryan Moore taking over in the saddle from the sidelined Cieren Fallon, 8-13 chance Oxted travelled strongly for much of the five-furlong contest before battling his way to the lead inside the closing stages.

However, he was unable to resist the late charge of 7-1 shot Summerghand, who followed up his victory on All-Weather Championships Finals Day at Lingfield less than a fortnight ago by three-quarters of a length under Danny Tudhope.

Tudhope said: “It wouldn’t surprise me if he’s getting better with age, a lot of David’s do, especially sprinters.

“He’s a top-class sprinter and the visors have helped him as well the last two runs.

“The way the race panned out was perfect, he loves having cover and passing horses.

“He likes something to aim at, but in the big handicaps it just never fell right for him. The visors just seem to sharpen him up.”

Bruce Raymond, racing manager to owner Hamed Rashed Bin Ghedayer, said: “He’s been beautifully trained, he can’t do much at home, I’m sure, but he just needs a fast gallop and something to aim at.

“Sometimes it doesn’t go right and with a small field it’s a bit apprehensive, but it looked like we just had one to beat today.

“Bigger fields do suit, but then you need the luck to get a run.

“His form suggests he’s improving, I just think like most horses, as they get older they get over their problems and get stronger.”

I’m disappointed we didn’t win, but we can get him back – every horse gets beat

Oxted could possibly drop back to five furlongs, as Teal considers future options.

Teal said: “Ryan thinks he probably committed a little bit early and got in a little bit of a duel, he said he probably should have held on to him for another 100 yards or so, but like I said to Ryan, it probably wasn’t all that and the trip to Saudi might just have taken the edge off for the moment.

“We’ll freshen him up. I’m disappointed we didn’t win, but we can get him back – every horse gets beat. On ratings he should have been two or three lengths clear. He didn’t hit the hill like he did last year, but we’re not panicking.

“We’ll have a look at Royal Ascot and might even have a look at the King’s Stand. The way he’s travelling there and on Champions Day, at five he’d have won. We might have a look at both races (King’s Stand and Diamond Jubilee). It’s disappointing to get beat, but there you go.”

Summerghand pips Exalted Angel in Sprint thriller

Summerghand got up in the dying strides to snatch the Betway All-Weather Sprint Championships Conditions Stakes at Lingfield.

Wearing a visor for the first time, Summerghand pegged back Exalted Angel on the line in the hands of Adam Kirby in a driving finish to the six-furlong heat.

Aberama Gold got a flier from his rail draw and took the field along with Tone The Barone, Exalted Angel and Highland Dress all handy.

The field spread wide on the turn for home with the race very much up for grabs.

Summerghand (6-1), trained by David O’Meara, got into top gear in the final furlong though, edging out Exalted Angel by a head to land his first success since the Stewards’ Cup last summer.

The seven-year-old was making a swift reappearance having contested the Cammidge Trophy at Doncaster last Saturday.

Kirby said: “He’s a horse with a lot of ability and a good bit of class.

“Unfortunately, last time at Doncaster he didn’t get the rub and at Wolverhampton before that gave the winner a lot of weight. He was due to win.

“I was content in my position following Brian The Snail. I decided to pull out and luckily a horse stopped at just the right time when I was about to start my run.

“I therefore didn’t lose too much ground and it worked out well. I think the visor put a bit of an edge on Summerghand.

“Full credit to David O’Meara and his team. Hopefully, we continue to have a bit of luck together.

“It’s great to have a winner on Finals Day.”

Lord Glitters sparkles in Jebel Hatta

David O’Meara hailed Lord Glitters “the horse of a lifetime” after he finished with a flourish to claim victory in the Jebel Hatta at Meydan.

Almost two years on from his surprise success in the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot, O’Meara’s stable stalwart was a 9-4 chance to double his top-level tally in the first of two Group One prizes up for grabs on ‘Super Saturday’ in Dubai.

Winner of the Group Two Singspiel Stakes over the course and distance in January, before finishing third in the Al Rashidiya last month, Lord Glitters was given a patient ride by Danny Tudhope – and looked booked for minor honours at best turning for home.

However, just when it seemed Eqtiraan might spring a 40-1 shock after seeing off the challenge of odds-on favourite Al Suhail, Lord Glitters could be spotted powering home and got up in the closing strides to win the day.

“I’m absolutely over the moon,” said North Yorkshire-based O’Meara.

“To win a Group One as an eight-year-old – he’s been an unbelievable horse for us. He’s the horse a lifetime, really.

“They haven’t gone very quick and he’s been wide throughout. He took a while to get going, but won well in the end.”

Lord Glitters carries the colours of the late Geoff Turnbull and his wife Sandra.

Horse RacDavid O'Meara was thrilled with the performance of Lord Glittersing – Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival – Day Four – York Racecourse
David O’Meara was thrilled with the performance of Lord Glitters (Anna Gowthorpe/PA)

O’Meara added: “It’s great for the Turnbull family. Geoff’s son runs the job now and I’m sure Geoff will be looking down very pleased.

“The horse is having a great year with two wins and a third. Matt Ennis is out there with him and is doing a great job.”

Lord Glitters finished a close third behind Japanese mare Almond Eye in the Dubai Turf in 2019.

Asked if he would have a second tilt at the World Cup night prize later this month, O’Meara said: “Why not? It’s huge money, so absolutely.

“He was third in the race two years ago. Fillies finished first, second and fourth and he was giving them all 5lb and was only beaten a length and three-quarters.”

Lord Glitters goes for Jebel Hatta gold on ‘Super Saturday’

David O’Meara is pleased Lord Glitters has no penalty to carry when he goes for Group One glory in the Jebel Hatta at Meydan on ‘Super Saturday’.

The popular eight-year-old grey had 3lb extra to carry when going down by only three-quarters of a length by Zakouski in the Group Two Al Rashidiya over this nine furlongs on his latest start.

He had beaten Charlie Appleby’s charge by three lengths when they met on level terms in the Singspiel Stakes over the course and distance in January.

“He’s in good form and he likes the track,” said O’Meara.

“He ran well there last time out with his penalty which he won’t carry this time, so I’m really happy with him.”

Lord Glitters is no stranger to Group One success, having taken the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot in 2019.

Godolphin have won six of the last eight renewals of the nine-furlong turf feature, and three contenders this year include the Appleby-trained pair of Al Suhail and Art Du Val.

Appleby told “Al Suhail had a setback after winning at Newmarket and subsequently we have had our eye on a Dubai campaign for him.

“His preparation has gone well and he did a nice racecourse gallop at Meydan last week. We are hoping that he can run a decent race with an eye on going on to the Group One Dubai Turf later in the month, so we expect him to come on for the run.

“We have no doubt about his ability to run at this level, but he just needs to keep his head together.

“Art Du Val ran a creditable race over this course and distance in the Singspiel Stakes and was also very competitive in the Zabeel Mile last time out.

“We think the return to nine furlongs is going to suit and, while he doesn’t look out of place in the field, he will need to up his game again to be in the mix.”

Royal Marine, trained by Saeed bin Suroor, is Godolphin’s other contender.

“Royal Marine always works well in the mornings, when he shows some real class, but we would like him to start displaying it again in his races,” said Bin Suroor.

“He has won at this level in the past, but it’s a case of seeing how he gets on.”

Nigel Tinkler has his fingers crossed Acklam Express will stay the six furlongs of the Nad Al Sheba Turf Sprint.

The three-year-old has only run over five furlongs, but gave the impression the extra distance would be within his compass when staying on well to finish second behind Equilateral on his Meydan debut two weeks ago.

“We’re keeping our fingers crossed he’ll get the six. If he does, he’ll run well. He was staying on last time and you never know unless you try it,” said Tinkler.

“The horse is enjoying it. Rowan Scott is riding him out every day and he’s very well and we’re looking forward to Saturday.

“If he does gets six, it opens up a lot of options throughout the year.”

Godolphin are again three-handed, with Royal Crusade and Man Of Promise representing the Appleby team.

Appleby said: “Royal Crusade won a strong sprint in France on his latest start and any sign of his three-year-old form will make him very competitive. We have one eye on the Al Quoz Sprint for him and we are hoping for some marked improvement on whatever he does here.

“Man Of Promise has done nothing wrong in his short career and was very impressive in the Dubai Sprint. He is stepping up to Group company and needs to find a bit more again, which we are quietly confident he will do based on his work at home.”

Bin Suroor is responsible for Final Song and said: “Final Song ran a very good race over this distance last time out and six furlongs seems to be her trip now. I have been pleased with her work and I’m looking for another good result.”

Bin Suroor is looking forward to running Dubai Mirage on dirt for the first time in round three of the Al Maktoum Challenge.

The son of Dubawi has filled the runner-up spot in turf handicaps on both his Meydan starts this year and won on his only previous all-weather outing, at Kempton in June.

Bin Suroor said: “Dubai Mirage has run well on the turf so far this season, finishing second on both occasions, and we wanted to give him a chance on the dirt. This will be a very tough race, but he has been going nicely at home.”

Dubai Mirage can expect strong competition from the likes of Doug Watson’s Thegreatcollection, runner-up in the two previous rounds, and the Fawzi Abdulla Nass-trained Salute The Soldier, winner of round two and third in round one.

Lord Glitters sparkles for O’Meara at Meydan

Lord Glitters returned to his best when producing a power-packed finish to land the Group Two Singspiel Stakes at Meydan.

The David O’Meara-trained grey was winning for the first time since the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot in 2019 – with that Group One success coming three months after he had finished third in the Dubai Turf.

That nine-furlong heat on World Cup night could again be on the agenda, after Lord Glitters ran out a convincing winner over that distance in the hands of Adrie de Vries. The Dutch jockey was replacing Danny Tudhope who was unable to make the trip to Dubai.

The eight-year-old only had two horses behind him turning into the straight, but once he hit top gear it was a one-horse race.

Lord Glitters powered to victory by three lengths from Zakouski, with Dream Castle a length and a half away in third place.

Speaking from home, North Yorkshire-based O’Meara said: “It’s a mighty performance – an eight-year-old and still running to that level. It’s brilliant and he was given a great ride by Adrie de Vries.

“He ran a lovely race in Bahrain in their big race before Christmas, finishing his race very well. We were hoping he was in good form going out there and that he would be competitive. It worked out very well for him.

“The last time he ran at Meydan in the Dubai Turf he ran Almond Eye and Vivlos quite close, giving them their fillies’ allowance.

“He’s actually run a really good race there before so he copes with the track well.”

Lord Glitters could well race again before having a second crack at the Dubai Turf on March 27.

O’Meara added: “You’d like to think the Dubai Turf would be the target. There’s a bit of water to go under the bridge before then. There might be a race in February and hopefully on to World Cup night. He’s staying over in Dubai.”

Lord Glitters earned a quote of 6-1 for the Dubai Turf with Paddy Power.

Military March was a disappointment on his first run for Godolphin and trainer Saeed bin Suroor since his fourth in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket in June, finishing eighth.

Frankie Dettori celebrates victory on his return to Dubai
Frankie Dettori celebrates victory on his return to Dubai (Dubai Racing Club)

However, Bin Suroor and jockey Frankie Dettori made amends on Land Of Legends in the Group Two Al Fahidi Fort – the last of the five races on the card in which they teamed up together.

It was a first success in Dubai for Dettori since he won the Godolphin Mile on African Story for Bin Suroor in 2012.

The Italian produced the five-year-old to perfection to lead inside the final furlong and land the spoils by three-quarters of a length and the same from the Charlie Appleby-trained pair of D’Bai and Glorious Journey.

Dettori – who performed his trademark flying dismount – said: “I had the perfect trip. I was sat behind the leaders and got the split at the right time.

“It was a good effort, but everything fell right. We had a good draw and I managed to get him into a nice rhythm and he won.

“Honestly, I’m delighted. We had high hopes all night and we managed to get one in our last race together today, so I’m pleased for Saeed and the team. It’s nice to be back.”

Bin Suroor said: “Isn’t it great to see Frankie back, winning races and riding as well as ever. We have been friends for about 27 years.

“This horse has been working very well and showing lots of speed at home, so we were hoping for a big run but he will improve for that because he had been off since March.”

Dettori completed a double when steering the Charlie Hills-trained Equilateral to victory in the Dubai Dash.

Always prominent as Caspian Prince helped set a scorching pace, Equilateral quickened nicely to follow up his victory in the race from 12 months ago.

Of being back in Dubai, where he has enjoyed so much success for Bin Suroor in the royal blue of Godolphin, Dettori, who celebrated his 50th birthday in December, said: “I’m really enjoying my time here, maybe because I’m running out of years but I’m trying to taking it all in.

“Most people are locked in their houses doing nothing, and at least I get to do what I love. I am going to stay here in the United Arab Emirates until Super Saturday (March 6).”

Military Law took round one of the Group Two Al Maktoum Challenge for trainer Musabbeh Al Mheiri in the hands of Antonio Fresu and was cut to 6-1 from 10-1 for the Dubai World Cup with Paddy Power.

Switzerland caused a 50-1 upset in the Group Three Dubawi Stakes beating Gladiator King, his Satish Seemar-trained stablemate and the 1-2 favourite, into third place under Tadhg O’Shea.

Sovereign joins stellar field for Bahrain International Trophy

Five Group One winners feature in a final field of 14 for this month’s £500,000 Bahrain International Trophy after the supplementary stage closed.

Aidan O’Brien is set to saddle 2019 Irish Derby hero Sovereign, last year’s Queen Anne Stakes winner Lord Glitters represents David O’Meara, dual Canadian International Stakes winner Desert Encounter runs for David Simcock – and Saeed bin Suroor calls on 2019 Jebel Hatta victor Dream Castle.

Adding further top-level interest on November 20 is the Japanese-trained mare Deirdre (Mitsuru Hashida), whose big wins include last year’s Nassau Stakes at Glorious Goodwood.

Barney Roy has suffered a minor setback and will miss the race, but Godolphin will still be doubly represented – with Mark Johnston’s Royal Ascot winner Dark Vision joining Dream Castle.

Supplemented at a cost of £10,000, Sovereign will be O’Brien’s first ever runner in Bahrain.

The Ballydoyle trainer said: “Sovereign is a strong mile-and-a-quarter horse. He is a very strong galloper who likes to go forward in his races, and we think the Bahrain International Trophy will suit him.”

John Gosden saw Turgenev finish second in the inaugural race last year and will be hoping to go one better with Global Giant, who will be ridden by Frankie Dettori for owner HH Shaikh Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa.

Andrew Balding and King Power Racing were sixth with Pivoine in 2019 and are back this year with Bangkok – while Lady Wannabe (Fozzy Stack), Certain Lad (Mick Channon), Pogo (Charlie Hills) and Quest The Moon (Sarah Steinberg) complete the European challenge.

Two spots in the field are guaranteed for locally-trained horses, and the two Bahraini-based contenders are confirmed as Port Lions (Fawzi Naas) and What A Welcome (Hesham Al Haddad).

Shaikh Salman bin Rashed Al-Khalifa, executive director of Rashid Equestrian & Horseracing Club, said: “We are absolutely delighted with the class of horses that we have attracted to this year’s Bahrain International Trophy.

“To have five individual Group One winners in the field – compared to only one last year – shows the leap in quality. We are very grateful to the trainers and owners for placing their trust in Bahrain, and we very much look forward to welcoming them.”

O’Meara mulling QEII date for Lord Glitters

David O’Meara is considering returning Lord Glitters to the scene of his greatest triumph, in next month’s Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot.

The evergreen seven-year-old has been out of luck since claiming last year’s Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot, but he has run a number of solid races in defeat – including when finding only Addeybb too strong in the Listed Doonside Cup at Ayr on Saturday.

O’Meara was satisfied with that effort and hopes Lord Glitters’ previous good form at Ascot would be a plus if he were to return to Group One company there.

O’Meara said: “It was a good run by Lord Glitters at Ayr, and I was happy. I thought for a moment we were going to get there, but Addeybb just got first run on us.

“Where we go next, I’m not completely sure. He is in the QEII, and we could go there.

“Palace Pier will be very hard to beat, but Lord Glitters loves it there and he could pick up the pieces.”

Lord Glitters has run over further than a mile on each of his last three starts, but O’Meara believes dropping back to that trip would be no issue.

He added: “He has been running over further lately, but he would be fine going back to a mile.

“He won the Strensall Stakes at York a couple of years ago, and we then dropped him back to a mile, and he was fine.”

Summerghand could make his next appearance in the Group Three John Guest Bengough Stakes at Ascot (Dan Abraham/PA)
Summerghand could make his next appearance in the Group Three John Guest Bengough Stakes at Ascot (Dan Abraham/PA)

O’Meara may send his Stewards’ Cup hero Summerghand to Ascot on Saturday week for the Group Three John Guest Bengough Stakes.

The Lope De Vega gelding was last seen finishing down the field on his Group One debut in the Sprint Cup at Haydock earlier this month.

O’Meara added: “It was a big step up from Newmarket to the Sprint Cup at Haydock, but I thought he ran OK.

“He is in a Group Three in Ireland on Saturday, but he might go to Ascot for the Bengough Stakes. We will keep an open mind.”

Eagles By Day, left, is likely to be put away for the remainder of the campaign (Dan Abraham/PA)
Eagles By Day, left, is likely to be put away for the remainder of the campaign (Dan Abraham/PA)

There will be no trip to Australia for the Lexus Melbourne Cup at Flemington on November 3 for Eagles By Day, with O’Meara considering drawing stumps for the season with the son of Sea The Stars.

He added: “Eagles By Day will probably have a break now for the rest of the year. I liked his run the first day for us at York (won the John Smith’s Silver Cup), then I thought he ran well enough in the Goodwood Cup.

“I’m not sure he totally stayed the trip in his next two starts, in the Lonsdale Cup and Doncaster Cup. We might just come back a little bit in trip with him next year.”

Summerghand heads weights for Ayr Gold Cup

Stewards’ Cup winner Summerghand heads the weights for the QTS Ayr Gold Cup following the five-day acceptance stage.

Fourth in the six-furlong handicap showpiece 12 months ago, David O’Meara’s smart sprinter is rated 1lb higher this time – but is burdened with 11lb more having to carry 9st 13lb.

Should he take his chance, Summerghand would at least be in calmer waters as he contested the Group One Sprint Cup at Haydock last time out, when eighth to Dream Of Dreams. Among other possibles for O’Meara are Gulliver, Young Fire, Cold Stare and Arecibo.

Stone Of Destiny, trained by Andrew Balding, has a 5lb penalty for his victory in the Portland Handicap at Doncaster on Saturday, while the Kingsclere trainer can also call on King’s Lynn, owned by the Queen.

The three-year-old shaped promisingly when second to the exciting Starman at Doncaster last month, on his first start since September.

Mr Lupton bagged a valuable prize at the Curragh on Sunday and is in line for a quick reappearance for Richard Fahey, with Tim Easterby considering the race for his Great St Wilfrid Handicap scorer Staxton.

Mick Appleby’s Danzeno, the William Haggas-trained Nahaarr and Atalanta’s Boy, from David Menusier’s stable, are just a few of the others in contention after 162 hopefuls stood their ground.

There are the Silver and Bronze Cups as consolation races for those who miss out on the big one.