O'Meara hoping consistent Lord Glitters can deliver a second Woodbine Mile
Ricoh Woodbine Mile | 1m | Grade 1 | turf | 3yo+ | ATR/RUK
Trainer David O’Meara bids to capture a second edition of this prestigious contest - live on Racing UK - and believes Lord Glitters has what it takes to emulate his 2015 winner Mondialiste on Saturday.
Owned, like Mondialiste, by Geoff and Sandra Turnbull, Lord Glitters followed up a string of consistent efforts this season by landing the Strensall Stakes at York last month.
The grey has Jamie Spencer back in the saddle for the first time since they were narrowly denied by Accidental Agent in the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot, and O’Meara said: “He did it well at York. He’d been running pretty well all year – ran well at Royal Ascot in the Queen Anne, ran well at Ascot again on the round track in the Summer Mile, and again at Goodwood in the Sussex Stakes – he was unlucky not to be closer that day; he got into a bit of trouble in running. He’s been in good form all year.”
O’Meara opted to make the journey to Canada as part of Lord Glitters’ preparation for Qipco British Champions Day at Ascot next month, and added: “It’s a road we’ve taken before and I was looking for somewhere to run him between now and Ascot on Champions Day and this race fits well.
“He’s got a huge engine in him and he’s well able to quicken up in his races – he’s got a really, really good turn of foot.”
Lord Glitters’ journey to Canada was far from a straightforward one as he was delayed, along with fellow British raider Stormy Antarctic, by a technical fault on an aeroplane at Amsterdam.
Stormy Antarctic is attempting to make a breakthrough at Grade 1 level having come up just short on seven previous attempts.
Trainer Ed Walker feels the five-year-old is in the best possible form for his latest top-level challenge, and said: “A gelding operation has been the making of him and he has just been a much easier horse to train. He has thrived this summer and been very consistent.
“He's got a great chance and it's fantastic Gerald Mosse is going over to ride. I think they've had a bit of rain so the ground shouldn't be too rattling quick . We're drawn nine of nine but that doesn't bother me as there is a long run to the first turn. I'm pretty hopeful but of course the travel issues have been annoying.”
The betting is headed by Delta Prince (Jimmy Jerkens/Javier Castellano) who was narrowly denied in the Grade 1 Fourstar Dave Handicap at Santa Anita last month.
Northern Dancer Turf | Grade 1| 1m4f | turf | 3yo+
Hawkbill was pipped in a tight finish to this contest last year and his conqueror Johnny Bear is back for another shot at the Godolphin runner.
Trained by Charlie Appleby, Hawkbill led for nearly the whole of the race 12 months ago only to be run down in the final yards by Johnny Bear (Ashlee Brnjas/Louis Contreras).
His training in Canada has been overseen by work rider Daragh O’Donohue, who said: “He travelled well and is working really well; he’s very strong.”
This contest is also live on RUK.
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