Giving Glances sparks Cheltenham dreams with Doncaster triumph

Battling success for King-trained filly

  • Friday 25 January
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Giving Glances got back on track with a game Listed success in the Sky Bet Top Price Promise Fillies’ Juvenile Hurdle at Doncaster.

The Alan King-trained four-year-old had disappointed at Aintree on her last start, after making a winning debut over jumps at Hereford.

Giving Glances (11-4) showed her previous run was wrong as she travelled well throughout a race that saw Fabianski and then Via Delle Volte set the pace.

Brought by Tom Cannon to lead between the final two flights, Giving Glances was kept up to her work to beat the rallying Via Delle Volte by a length and three-quarters. Fabianski was three and a half lengths away in third place.

Owner-breeder David Holmes, of the Pitchall Stud Partnership, said: “It was a bit of a disappointment last time. We put it down to the ground – we couldn’t think of anything else – and it’s as good an excuse as any.

“She just didn’t turn up (that day), Wayne Hutchinson said. This is racing – they’re only horses, not machines. But we’re back to what we thought she was like.

“The trainer’s on holiday, so we haven’t discussed it yet.

“I think he does think a lot of her, and we’d like to think about a bit of good stuff.

“We’d like to think Cheltenham – whether she’s good enough for the Triumph, or she goes for the Fred Winter, or whatever.

“I’d like to think she could go there for something anyway.

“We’ve never had a Cheltenham winner ourselves – we’ve bred winners there.

“William H Bonney won there – we had (the sire) Midnight Legend – and various others have won there over the years.”

Cannon said: “She took a little while to warm up during the race, and then a couple of good jumps up the straight had me in contention. She really gritted it out from the last.

“It’s a long run-in here and every horse is entitled to get a bit lonely, which she did.

“The ground was more in her favour today. I’m not sure anything came to light the last day. She felt in good nick today and hopefully that will have done her confidence a world of good after last time.

“I don’t think she’d want the ground too soft. It probably was too soft at Aintree.

“The ground rode good on her today. Hopefully in the spring she’ll come into her own.

“I couldn’t knock her today, she was great.”

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