The queen of the gaze provided Alan King with another race winner ahead of what could be another big weekend for the coach with elegant success in the Actioncoach Invest In The Best Lady Godiva Mares ‘Novices’ Chase at Warwick.
After securing his first freshman success in four years with Edwardstone winning the Close Brothers Henry VIII Novices’ Chase at Sandown Park on Saturday, the Barbury Castle Stables manager again took center stage in the award. Listed today.
After making her fencing-winning debut in a Listed competition at Bangor On Dee 29 days ago, mare Jeremy has built on this screen under a five-pound penalty for his return to two and a half miles with another impressive streak. of jumps.
Buried in the middle of the division for much of the race, the market leader 7/4 quietly slipped into the race before following longtime leader Barbados Blue on his way home.
As the pair jumped the penultimate fence together, the Freezing Queen advanced to the last, which she measured impeccably before galloping to clear the run to score seven and a half lengths.
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King said, “His jump was very good. Tom (Cannon, jockey) said that even when tight she is very fast and far away from them.
“It was still going to suit her going back to two and a half as the 2m 1f stretched at Bangor last time around was pretty sharp for her and I thought she would travel more easily on this trip. She’s just a big mare.
“I just watched the race with Dan Skelton and he said five or six years ago any of them would have had a chance to win this race at the time, but that’s the way it is that the quality of the mare program has increased.
“I would have been very disappointed if she hadn’t won today even with the penalty. She’s a point-to-point winner so she has a bit of fencing experience but she’s been good from day one.
While immediate plans for The Glancing Queen remain fluid, she was presented on 12/1 for the Mrs Paddy Power Mares’ Chase at the Cheltenham Festival by William Hill while the race sponsors went 14/1.
King added, “I haven’t really looked past today. There’s another one the next week but it’s too early.
“We’re going to be working back from Cheltenham now and it’s ideal that we have the pursuit of this mare to aim for now.
“We’ll give him a couple more runs before that.”
Looking ahead to the weekend, King hopes for a stable pillar Royal Seal may register a third victory of the campaign in the Grade Two Unibet International Hurdle at Cheltenham on Saturday.
The popular nine-year-old will look to secure two places better than his third bout in the Grade One Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle last month by giving King his first victory in the race since the 1999 renewal with Relkeel.
Despite tasting defeat the last time around, Seal Royal is already a two-time winner of this campaign, having won a Listed event at Kempton Park in October before claiming a record-breaking third victory in the Grade Two Unibet Elite Hurdle at Wincanton on next month.
He added: “It was an afterthought. We were going to go to Kempton for the Christmas Hurdle and then Anthony (Bromley, race director for owners Isaac Souede and Simon Munir) called me on Monday at 11:45 am to tell me we could put on the Royal Seal. anything with him but we blew him up.
“He did a great job this morning and we’ll roll the dice and he’ll take a chance.
“His Fighting Fifth race was good, but this latest blizzard did it for us because it was the last thing he needed before the race. He still ran with a lot of credit and looks in good shape. If it doesn’t go it won’t go but we have to try a race like this.
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