Queen Anne Stakes winner Lord Glitters retires

Queen Anne Stakes winner Lord Glitters retires

Victories for the Grey’s trained by David O’Meara included the Queen Anne Stakes in Group 1 and the Jebel Hatta in Dubai, as well as the Bahrain International Trophy, successive renewals of the Singspiel Stakes in Meydan, the Balmoral Handicap in Ascot and Group Three Strensall. Pious in York.

The nine-year-old finished his career with 11 wins from 46 races and a total of £2.2million in prize money.

O’Meara had been considering sending him back to Sakir Racecourse to defend the Bahrain International trophy he won last November.

However, the nine-year-old had shown signs that the old spark was no longer there after finishing last of five at Bay Bridge in the Brigadier Gerard Stakes at Sandown in May.

Wearing the colors of the late Geoff Turnbull and his wife Sandra, the highlight of his career came when he won the Group One Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot in 2019, beating Beat The Bank by a neck.

O’Meara said: “It’s not sad at all, really. Every horse has to step down.

“Obviously if he went there again we would go back to Bahrain because he’s spent each of the last winters abroad, but we think he’s had enough. He’s done a lot of running on his old body and he’s now seems it’s time to pack up.

“He had a good winter. He won the Bahrain trophy and the Singspiel again and I don’t want him to decline – I want him to end up having a good year and now seems like the right time.

“He’s had a good career. He’s won a lot of prizes and won a lot of big races and been brilliant for us and a huge standard bearer for the yard.

“I know he’s been a big campaigner overseas, but to win almost two and a quarter million in prize money is very good for a horse based in England.”

Lord Glitters began his career in France before being bought €270,000 at Arqana Summer Sales in 2017 by the Turnbulls and bowed out on 11 of his 46 starts.

His success at the highest level in Britain was a career highlight for his owner, as O’Meara explained: “It was always Geoff’s dream to have a winner of Royal Ascot, so for winning Group One Queen Anne on day one for him, he had a great day that day!”

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