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Horses for courses. It’s one of racing’s oldest adages but nobody can dispute some thoroughbreds reserve their best for certain tracks.
Lord Glitters is a quality act wherever he runs but does seems to have a particular soft spot for Ascot.
The grey won the Balmoral Handicap there on QIPCO British Champions Day in 2017 and on his latest start won the Queen Anne Stakes there, having been runner-up in the Royal Ascot feature a year earlier.
Look at the grey go!!
LORD GLITTERS shines brightest to land the Queen Anne!
— Champions Series (@ChampionsSeries) June 18, 2019
“Lord Glitters always run well here as he loves the track,” trainer David O’Meara said afterwards.
“He is not that easy a horse, he can be quite strong and keen. That’s what happened in the Lockinge, when he over-raced with no cover. Today, as soon as jumped, Danny [Tudhope] got him across and got cover. From there on, it all looked like it went pretty well.
“I thought Danny gave him a lovely ride this afternoon and it was brilliant from the word go. Watching the race, it was one of the easiest Royal Ascot runners we’ve had to watch as he never looked in trouble.
“My assistant Jason Kelly bought this horse and he deserves a mention too.
“We will follow a pretty similar path with him to last year and the Sussex Stakes at Goodwood is probably next up.
Nick Turnbull, son of owners Geoff and Sandra Turnbull, said: “This victory means everything. My Dad has been in this game for 20 years and to win at Royal Ascot is the pinnacle.”
Last year’s winner Accidental Agent, trained by Eve Johnson-Houghton, refused to come out of the stalls when they opened, before eventually consenting to race, but was several hundred yards behind the other runners. The stewards deemed him to have been a runner in the contest, but some bookmakers are refunding stakes on the horse.
Tudhope added: “Lord Glitters deserved to land a big one like this. He is a super horse, and when things fall right for him, he is very good.
“David told me to ride him as cold as I can and to be brave. If there is anywhere you can do it, it is this track because that last furlong is a long, long way. I got a lovely split and the race just panned out perfectly.”
It was a case of so close, yet so far for Lord Glitters in the 2018 Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot when having his first run in a QIPCO British Champions Series race.
The then five-year-old son of Whipper made eye-catching headway in the closing stages of the mile contest under Jamie Spencer but was caught late on by Accidental Agent and went down by a half-length.
“I’m delighted with Lord Glitters. He has a huge engine and I think like a lot of the horses in the race, he would have preferred a stronger gallop, but I’m delighted with him,” Yorkshire-based O’Meara said:
“He was the lowest-rated horse in the race and we were thinking about this race or the Royal Hunt Cup, but he’s run a blinder. He really likes it at this track and he always seems to run well here.”
Lord Glitters confirmed that on his next start when splitting Beat The Bank and Suedois, his stablemate, in a thrilling Summer Mile back at the Berkshire venue.
He had produced a remarkable late thrust to win on Champions Day, having gone into many notebooks when runner-up at the course on his previous start.
He was also third in the 2018 Qatar Sussex Stakes at Goodwood, plus won the Group 3 Sky Bet And Symphony Group Strensall Stakes at York but failed to make an impact in the Woodbine Mile, in Canada, after getting restless before the start.
Lord Glitters was also an excellent third to Japanese star Almond Eye in the Dubai Turf on his first start in 2019.
He has continued to run in the top races since the Queen Anne, at home and abroad, without managing another success.