Side Glance has progressed from a good handicapper to be a consistent Pattern race performer.
A 50/1 winner on debut at Newmarket in September 2009, the son of Passing Glance won handicaps at Ascot and Chester in 2010 before recording his first black-type victory in the Listed Paradise Stakes over a mile at Ascot in April 2011. Further glory followed in a Listed contest at Windsor and the Group 3 Sovereign Stakes at Salisbury.
The 2012 campaign saw Side Glance collect another Group 3 contest, the Investec Diomed Stakes at Epsom Downs in June, while he took third behind the mighty Frankel in the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot on June 19 and the runner-up spot behind Penitent in the Group 2 Nayef Joel Stakes at Newmarket on September 28, both races in the QIPCO British Champions Series Mile division.
He also contested the final Mile race, the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes on QIPCO British Champions Day, but could only manage sixth behind Excelebration.
He started 2013 in great style, finishing an excellent fourth in the world’s richest horse race, the ten-furlong Dubai World Cup, on 30 March, albeit a long way behind the winner, Animal Kingdom. He followed that with seventh place in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot, his only start in the UK in 2013. After that he ran a fine third in the Group 1 Arlington Million in the USA, in his two starts in Australia he won the Group 1 Longines Mackinnon Stakes and then was a close fifth in the Longines Hong Kong Cup in December.
He resumed at Meydan in March 2014 with a solid seventh in Round 3 of the Maktoum Challenge, a Group 1 contest, beaten three lengths by the winner, Prince Bishop, and then ran a fine race in the Dubai World Cup, the world’s richest race, to finish fourth. He then went to Singapore for the Group 1 Singapore Airlines International Cup where he finished a never nearer fifth.
Next was the Queen Anne at Royal Ascot but he ran disappointingly to finish second last, but bounced back in the USA in the Grade 1 United Nations Stakes where he finished third behind the ex-English-trained Main Sequence. He was third again in the USA in the Arlington Million in August.