Bahrain International Trophy Defence For Lord Glitters

Lord Glitters | Emma Berry

Group 1 winner Lord Glitters (Fr) (Whipper), who won the 2021 edition of the G3 Bahrain International Trophy, will be back to defend his title in November, according to trainer David O'Meara. Successful in the 2021 G1 Jebel Hatta besides his Bahraini exploits, the charismatic grey added the G2 Singspiel S. back at Meydan this February and was most recently fifth in the G3 Brigadier Gerard S. at Sandown on May 26.

O'Meara said, “This time of year is tough for him [Lord Glitters] at his age. He has to give away weight everywhere he goes due to his winter exploits. He won a [G1] Queen Anne [S.] at Royal Ascot when he was in his pomp. I guess we're looking at the [G3] Strensall S. [on Aug. 20] or the [G2] York S. [on July 23] as options for him. He's not getting any younger and there will come a point when his body starts to tell us that he has had enough. Can we do another winter? He's been busy enough the last few but hopefully if we can, the Bahrain International Trophy is number one on the agenda if he's fit and well and is telling us he has the appetite for it.”

He added of his experience in Bahrain last November, “We enjoyed our trip over there. Chris Dixon came over with me and I found it a nice and relaxed atmosphere and it was easy to get around. It was a very pleasant venue to visit. We'll try and send a team over for the Bahrain Turf Series if we can. We've got owners who are making noises about wanting to have runners out there this winter, so it would be great to have a few to send out and have an excuse for a winter holiday.”

“It continues to be an incredibly exciting time for horse racing in Bahrain,” said Rashid Equestrian & Horse Racing Club Executive Director Shaikh Salman bin Rashed al Khalifa. “We have been blown away with the amount of quality trainers, jockeys and horses who have come to race in Bahrain since the first Bahrain International Trophy in 2019. It was fantastic to see dual Group 1 winner Lord Glitters fight out a thrilling finish with four-time Group 1 winner Barney Roy in last year's G3 Bahrain International Trophy and then have so many top trainers competing in the first ever Bahrain Turf Series. We look forward to welcoming trainers, jockeys, and owners back in the Kingdom of Bahrain this winter.”

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