Glitters Shines Again In The Desert

Lord Glitters | Dhric/AK

Lord Glitters (Fr) (Whipper) may have technically had his finest hour three years ago when winning the G1 Queen Anne S. at Royal Ascot, but it is nonetheless very difficult to knock the form that the 9-year-old has been in as of late. Geoff and Sandra Turnbull's remarkably consistent grey turned back the clock when winning the G1 Jebel Hatta and G2 Singspiel S. at last year's carnival, and he proved in fine form still at Meydan on Friday when repeating in the latest edition of the Singspiel S.

Lord Glitters, who has hit the board in 26 of 44 runs, made his first extended carnival visit last season, wrapping up a highly productive season highlighted by the two aforementioned pattern wins when splitting the field in sixth in the G1 Dubai Turf. Lord Glitters then returned to trainer David O'Meara's Yorkshire yard and made five starts during the British flat season, picking up a second in the G3 Strensall S. and fourth-placings in the G1 Lockinge S. and the Queen Anne before trailing home in the G1 Queen Elizabeth II S. over the soft ground. Rejuvenated by the Gulf sun, Lord Glitters bounced back to win the G3 Bahrain International Trophy on Nov. 19 and was fourth in the G2 Al Rashidiya on Jan. 21.

Dropping back from the get-go to take up his customary position in the rear of the field, Lord Glitters and Danny Tudhope watched on as Passion And Glory (Ire) (Cape Cross {Ire}) carved out the early running. Lord Glitters and Tudhope initially found themselves behind a wall of runners upon straightening for home, but they began their charge down the middle of the track when finding daylight shortly thereafter. Swooping out wide as his rival from last season, Zakouski (GB) (Shamardal), grabbed a premature lead inside the final furlong, Lord Glitters got his head in front in the dying strides and hit the wire a widening one length to the good.

Pedigree Notes

Lord Glitters is out of the multiple listed-placed Lady Glitters (Fr) (Homme De Loi {Ire}), who is also the second dam of the G3 Prix Gontaut-Biron winner Petit Chevalier (Fr) (High Chaparral {Ire}). Lady Glitters's last reported foal is the unplaced 3-year-old Princess Glitters (Fr) (Zarak {Fr}). Lady Glitters is a half-sister to stakes winners Grey Glitters (Fr) (Grey Risk {Fr}) and Loupy Glitters (Fr) (Loup Solitaire), while it is also the family of G1 Criterium de Saint-Cloud scorer Morandi (Fr) (Holy Roman Emperor {Ire}).

Friday, Meydan, Dubai
SINGSPIEL S. PRESENTED BY RACE OF UAE INNOVATES-G2, $180,000, Meydan, 2-11, 3yo/up, 9fT, 1:48.77, gd.
1–LORD GLITTERS (FR), 126, g, 9, by Whipper
1st Dam: Lady Glitters (Fr) (MSP-Fr),
                                by Homme de Loi (Ire)
2nd Dam: Marie Glitters, by Crystal Glitters
3rd Dam: Marie de Vez (Fr), by Crystal Palace (Fr)
(€25,000 Ylg '14 AR14; €270,000 HRA '17 ARJUN). O-Geoff &
Sandra Turnbull; B-SCA Elevage de Tourgeville & Mme Hilary
Erculiani (FR); T-David O'Meara; J-Daniel Tudhope. $108,000.
Lifetime Record: G1SW-Eng & UAE, 44-11-10-5, $2,048,244.
Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree. Werk Nick
   Rating: A++.
2–Royal Fleet (GB), 126, g, 4, Dubawi (Ire)–Zibelina (Ire), by
Dansili (GB). O/B-Godolphin (GB); T-Charlie Appleby. $36,000.
3–Zakouski (GB), 126, g, 6, Shamardal–O'Giselle (Aus), by
Octagonal (NZ). O/B-Godolphin (GB); T-Charlie Appleby.
Margins: 1, 3/4, HD. Also Ran: Freescape (GB), Kick On (GB), Bedouin's Story (GB), Art Du Val (GB), Sir Busker (Ire), Enemy (GB), Passion and Glory (Ire), Court House (Ire). Scratched: Alfareeq (Ire). Click for the Racing Post result. Click for the free catalogue-style pedigree. VIDEO.

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