David O'Meara

Harry Angel's Esquire Wins The Greenham

Saturday's G3 Watership Down Stud Too Darn Hot Greenham S. looked a renewal short of a potential big name beforehand and with a blanket in contention a furlong from home, that was duly borne out. In the event, it was Cheveley Park Stud's 16-1 shot Esquire (GB) (Harry Angel {Ire})--a gelding and therefore excluded from the upcoming 2000 Guineas--who emerged on top in the seven-furlong Newbury trial whose relevance to the Classic is questionable this year. Runner-up in York's Listed Rockingham S. and sixth in the Listed Doncaster S. over...

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Osborne And O'Meara Horses Split Bahrain Turf Series Bonus

Two horses, trained by Jamie Osborne and David O'Meara respectively, have each won £25,000 after the end of the Bahrain Turf Series. The second of edition of the £50,000 Bahrain Turf Series Bonus was divided between Pot B winner Gary Allsopp Partnership's Inigo Jones (GB) (New Approach {Ire}) for Osborne, and Pot A winner Nomadic Empire (Ire) (Kodiac {GB}), who races for Al Mohamediya Racing. In total, £303,800 of the £600,000 Bahrain Turf Series was secured by European-trained horses, who won five of the 10-race series. Lucander (Ire) (Footstepsinthesand {GB}),...

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British-trained Horses Lead the Way in the Bahrain Turf Series

George Baker and David O'Meara celebrated valuable, big-race success with a victory apiece on the opening day of the 2022-23 Bahrain Turf Series. Locally trained horses won nine of the 10 races in last season's Bahrain Turf Series, but the opening race of this season, the Al Muharraq Cup, went the way of Lucander (Ire) (Footstepsinthesand {GB}) with Pat Cosgrove aboard. Now trained by Baker, Lucander was last seen when finishing eight in the Cambridgeshire H. at Newmarket for Ralph Beckett. Making his first start for connections, the gelding stormed...

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Hugely Popular Group 1 Winner Lord Glitters Retired

Lord Glitters (Fr) (Whipper--Lady Glitters {Fr}, by Homme de Loi {Ire}), one of the most popular horses in training, has bowed out from racing and been retired, according to his trainer David O'Meara. The Group 1-winning grey amassed £2.2 million in prize-money throughout a glittering career on the track. He won 11 of his 46 starts and netted connections another massive payday when bagging the G2 Singspiel S. at Meydan back in February. From the same family as French Group 3 winner Petit Chevalier (Fr) (High Chaparral {Ire}), Lord Glitters...

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Bahrain International Trophy Defence For Lord Glitters

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...

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Chris Dixon – 'I Am Absolutely Certain Raasel Is A Group Horse'

   He may be best known for his role as presenter and pundit with Racing TV, but Chris Dixon has also carved out a reputation for being able to find bargain horses to run under the banner of The Horse Watchers, of which his brother Martin also plays an integral role.    The Horse Watchers have had a lot to shout about down through the years, with the owners approaching 100 winners all told, but the best may yet be to come on Saturday when the Mick Appleby-trained Raasel (GB)...

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Just Janet a Northern Hemisphere First For Zoustar at Wetherby

Tweenhills Stud resident Zoustar (Aus) (Northern Meteor {Aus}) registered his first Northern Hemisphere winner when David O'Meara trainee Just Janet (GB) made all to prevail in Tuesday's Coopers Marquees British EBF Restricted Maiden S. over 5 1/2 furlongs at Wetherby. 1st-Wetherby, £12,000, Mdn, 6-7, 2yo, 5f 110yT, 1:06.49, gd. JUST JANET (GB) (f, 2, Zoustar {Aus}--Coral Sea {GB}, by Excelebration {Ire}), who posted a debut third at Great Yarmouth before running into the TDN Rising Star performance of Bradsell (GB) (Tasleet {GB}) at York last month, was swiftly into stride...

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First Black-Type Winner For James Garfield

Off the mark on debut over five furlongs at Thirsk May 14, the David O'Meara-trained filly Maria Branwell (Ire) (James Garfield {Ire}--Princess Pearl {Ire}, by Teofilo {Ire}) took the next step in her stride on Thursday to capture Sandown's Listed Coral National S. Settled with two behind early by Danny Tudhope, the 3-1 shot had to chase hard after the Listed First Flier S. runner-up Crispy Cat (GB) (Ardad {Ire}) inside the final two furlongs and despite running away from the whip initially focused enough to run down that visitor...

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Freshman Sire Havana Grey Off The Mark at Redcar

Whitsbury Manor Stud resident Havana Grey (GB) (Havana Gold {Ire}) notched his first winner when David O'Meara-trained debutante Star of Lady M (GB) battled to victory in Monday's Flat Is Back On Racing TV Fillies' Restricted Novice S. at Redcar. The 15,000gns Tattersalls October Book 3 yearling went postward as the 9-2 second choice for the straight five-furlong test and broke well to race in a prominent second from the outset. Shaken up passing the quarter-mile marker, she gained a narrow advantage approaching the final furlong and was driven out...

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Glitters Shines Again In The Desert

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...

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Eagles By Day Joins Glenview Stud Roster

Eagles By Day (Ire) (Sea The Stars {Ire}--Missunited {Ire}, by Galileo {Ire}), winner of the G3 John Smiths Silver Cup at York in 2020, has been acquired by Rathbarry & Glenview Studs from Clipper Logistics. The deal was brokered by Joe Foley. The 5-year-old will join the existing national hunt roster of Blue Bresil (Fr) (Smadoun {Fr}), Malinas (Ger) (Lomitas {GB}), Old Persian (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}, Shirocco (Ger) (Monsun {Ger}), Sholokhov (Ire) (Sadler's Wells) and Youmzain (Ire) (Sinndar {Ire}) at Glenview Stud for 2022. Last seen finishing runner-up in the...

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Lord Glitters Lunges Late For International Glory

By Emma Berry SAKHIR, Bahrain--He's been a star of Royal Ascot and a star of Meydan, and on Bahrain's biggest race day the charismatic Lord Glitters (Fr) (Whipper) triumphed once more, snatching the G3 Bahrain International Trophy from the Godolphin duo of Barney Roy (GB) (Excelebration {Ire}) and Magny Cours (Medaglia d'Oro) with a perfectly timed late run.  His trainer David O'Meara had warned earlier in the week that his 8-year-old stable star comes alive in the heat of the Middle East and under an excellent ground-saving ride from Jason...

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