Charlie Hills: could be celebrating a Chester Cup win with GlenardPICTURE: Scott Burton
Hills: Chester Cup is ideal for talented Glenard
BARRY HILLS loved to win the Chester Cup and his son Charlie, who took over the training licence in 2011, aims to record his first win in the course's most prestigious handicap with Glenard on Wednesday.
Hills snr won the race four times and his runners were always respected when they made the journey from his Lambourn base to Chester.
Charlie Hills emulated his father with a Classic triumph last term, but has yet to win the Chester Cup, in which he relies on lightly weighted four-year-old Glenard.
Owned by Highclere Thoroughbred Racing and John Grant, he is 10-1 with Coral and Boylesports for the Stan James-backed contest.
The son of Arch, who won a decent handicap over 1m4f at Haydock last year, has never raced over Wednesday's trip of 2m2½f, but was not beaten far on his seasonal debut over 2m at Kempton in March.
"We're thrilled Glenard got into the Chester Cup - the race could be ideal for this talented but quirky horse," Hills's website reported.
The trainer also runs the well-regarded Brown Diamond in the Listed Weatherbys Private Banking Cheshire Oaks on the card.
"Granted a good trip round she should be there with a fighting chance and will hopefully gain some black type," he added.
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