Multiple Group 1 winner Glass Slippers (GB) (Dream Ahead) will make her first start of 2021 in the G2 Casumo Temple S. at Haydock on May 22. A winner of the 2019 G1 Prix de l'Abbaye, the 5-year-old mare added the G1 Derrinstown Stud Flying Five S. at The Curragh last September and, second in the 2020 l'Abbaye, signed off with a win in the GI Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint for owner/breeder Bearstone Stud and trainer Kevin Ryan.
“The plan is to start her off in the Temple S. prior to going to Royal Ascot,” Ryan said. “Although this is her first run of the year she is in great form. Anything she does at Haydock she will improve for it, but it is a good starting point. Haydock is a good galloping track and we are very much looking forward to getting her going there.
“She had a fantastic time last year, though it is always in the back of your mind that she is better in the second half of the season. Whether that is going to be different this year I don't know, but we are very fortunate to have her back in training again this year as she is an exceptional mare.”
“Retirement is always something that is always going to be there after what she has done. She is a homebred filly and they [Bearstone Stud Limited] have been breeding horses for a long time. They wanted to have another season racing with her which is very sporting as she is still plenty young enough to breed plenty of foals later on.”