Stenton Glider Given QEII Option In America

Hugo Palmer | Scoop Dyga

Multiple group-placed Stenton Glider (Ire) (Dandy Man {Ire}) has been given some late summer targets, with a long-term goal the GI Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup S. at Keeneland in October, trainer Hugo Palmer revealed.

A winner in her only start at two, the Mairs family-owned filly was second in the G3 Fred Darling S. in her 3-year-old bow at Newbury in April. Unplaced in the G1 1000 Guineas, the daughter of the winning Crystal Malt (Ire) (Intikhab) was second in both the G2 German 1000 Guineas in June and in the Listed Coral Distaff on July 8.

“We will probably make an entry in the G3 Valiant at Ascot [on July 29], but we'd be more likely to go to the [Listed] Dick Hern [S. at Haydock on Aug. 12]. She is a very big filly and still filling her frame. I think she'll be, with luck and a fair wind, a really nice 4-year-old. She didn't run until the back end last year and she is just growing and changing all the time. She is a very genuine filly, she's tough and she tries, but she is also one of those that just does enough.”

“The priority will be to make her a stakes winner this year,” added Palmer. “I've always had it in the back of my mind if she could be good enough to go and warrant the trip, I'd love to take her to the QEII at Keeneland in October. I think American racing there would suit her really well. The priority is to make her a stakes winner now she is listed, Group 2 and Group 3 placed.

“She is gorgeous and I think she will keep getting better. If she could win either the Dick Hern or the Valiant, then the [G3] Atalanta [S.] at Sandown [on Sept. 2] would be another possibility for her.”

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