Lord Glitters rewarded with big-race prize in Strensall Stakes

Onwards and upwards for O’Meara star

  • Saturday 25 August
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Lord Glitters landed a first Group-race success with a battling performance in the Sky Bet And Symphony Group Strensall Stakes at York.

A strong-finishing third in the Group One Sussex Stakes on his previous start, David O’Meara’s five-year-old was not inconvenienced by the step up to nine furlongs as he saw off the challenge of Mustashry.

Chief Ironside made the running well into the straight, where the field panned out across the course.

Lord Glitters had a little ground to make up, but gamely stuck to his task to hold Mustashry, winner of this race last year, by half a length under Danny Tudhope.

Chief Ironside stuck on for third place, two and a half lengths away.

“He was grand for the first couple of furlongs, then it looked like they steadied up and he got a bit keen, but he saw it out well,” said O’Meara.

“There was a small concern about going up a little bit in trip whether firstly he’d settle and secondly would he stay, but he did it well and he was well on top at the end.

“He’s a very good horse. He’s been unlucky not to have won a Group One in this country.”

He added: “The Woodbine Mile next month is on his agenda and then after that we’ll see. He’s gone well at Ascot, so you’d like to think the QEII in the middle of October would suit him well.”

Lord Glitters was left unchanged at 8-1 with Paddy Power for the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot on October 20.

Ghostwatch (10-1) won the Sky Bet Melrose Handicap to automatically earn an entry into next year’s £1million Ebor, courtesy of the sponsors.

The Charlie Appleby-trained gelding was always close to the pace set by Mekong, before William Buick kicked some way from home and went on to set a new course record.

Supernova stayed on really strongly to get within half a length of the winner, but he blew his chance by being slowly away.

Buick said: “He hasn’t really done a lot wrong. He’s just lugged in behind a couple of times and stuff like that, probably that was through greenness. He really concentrated today.

“From where we were I was always going to have to commit some way out. He was there to be shot at, but he stuck at it well.

“He showed today he’s a strong stayer and that’s his forte. He’s one to look forward to for next year.”

Of next year’s Ebor being a possible target, Buick said: “I’m sure it will. Those staying races are very important now with incentives and bonuses like the one Stradivarius won yesterday.

“He’s got a fair way to go to be that class, of course. There are plenty of options open for him.”

Well Done Fox (13-2) booked his place in the Flying Childers Stakes at Doncaster when landing a narrow success in the Julia Graves Roses Stakes.

The Richard Hannon-trained youngster battled on well to hold 50-1 outsider Deia Glory by half a length. The 2-1 favourite, Sabre, was three-quarters of a length away in third.

“That was a good effort. It was his second Listed win and he did that under a penalty,” said Alistair Donald, representing owners King Power Racing, of Leicester City Football Club.

“He’s a tough customer and we’ll probably go to the Flying Childers.

“He’s got scope to make a nice horse next year, too.”

The owners, who also struck with Beat The Bank in the Celebration Mile at Goodwood, enjoyed a quick double when Pivoine (6-1), trained by Andrew Balding, took the Sky Bet Handicap in the hands of leading apprentice Jason Watson.

He made up for a luckless effort at Glorious Goodwood to turn the form around with Alfarris by beating him into second place by two and a half lengths.

“He’s in the Cambridgeshire, which could be a possible plan. We’ll see how he is in the morning,” said Balding’s wife, Anna Lisa. “Jason is having a terrific time and he gave him a brilliant ride.”

Eeh Bah Gum (7-1) sent Yorkshire punters home happy by winning for the fifth time this season in the Sky Bet Apprentice Handicap.

Tim Easterby’s three-year-old sprinter made all over the flying five and came home a length and a half clear of Fool For You in the hands of Jamie Gormley.

“He’s fast and firm ground is everything for him. It’s great,” said Easterby.

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