Week 18

Week 18

19/07 - This week I’ve been looking at the Mares' Hurdle and found one who I really like at a bigger price, that being The Glancing Queen - a lovely bumper horse who won and placed in listed bumpers, she was then fifth in the champion bumper at Cheltenham before winning the grade two mares' bumper at Aintree. She was then off for nearly a year coming back for another crack at the champion bumper finishing a respectable 8th with no prep run under her belt. Perhaps disappointing on the flat after that she came back and declared herself a high-class novice hurdler last year, making her hurdling debut in the Grade One Challow Novice over two and a half miles. That day she was held up in last and made good progress in the final circuit going past Wilde About Oscar easily and stayed on to challenge for second behind Bravemansgame. Bravemansgame since placed in the Ballymore and was second in the Grade One over 3 miles at Aintree. Next time out, she was back in grade into a standard novice race over two miles. Ridden more prominently she won convincingly by 11 lengths having travelled strongly throughout. Her third start was a listed novice where she was beaten by Wilde About Oscar they were a long way clear of the third, who was, in turn, a long way clear of the rest. I think she just lacked a little speed for 2 miles that day, and possibly the very heavy ground didn't suit. I thought she would show herself better over 2 and a half. On her final start last year she ran in the Mares Novice at Cheltenham where she finished a respectable 5th having been caught out for pace towards the finish, she then stayed on up the hill finishing just behind subsequent grade one winner, Skyace. That was over two miles one, and as I say I think the two and a half mile trip sees her to best effect. She’s proven the hill at Cheltenham suits her and next year I will watch her prep for the festival, but imagine the Mares Hurdle will be ideal for her. At 40/1 best price, each way is the play, and she has some improving to do, but I really like her chances at this point.