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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 seem to have a particular soft spot for Ascot.
The grey won the Balmoral Handicap there on QIPCO British Champions Day in 2017 plus the 2019 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.”
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.” Sadly, Turnbull Sr passed away in the summer of 2020.
It had been a case of so close, yet so far for Lord Glitters in the 2018 Queen Anne Stakes.
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.
He had produced a remarkable late thrust to win on Champions Day the previous autumn, 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. Lord Glitters was also an excellent third to Japanese star Almond Eye in the Dubai Turf in 2019.
Lord Glitters failed to get his head in front in 2020 but shaped as if retaining plenty of ability on several occasions and 2021 began with a bang for him when he came from last to first to win the Group 2 Singspiel Stakes at Meydan in Dubai.