Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 23 October 2014

Back Glenard for glory at Ascot

Chance: trainer Charlie Hills’ Glenard is fancied at Ascot
Chance: trainer Charlie Hills’ Glenard is fancied at Ascot

Glenard must have a fighting chance in the GL Events Owen Brown Stakes at Ascot.

The four-year-old gelding is a fair stayer, as illustrated by his eighth-placed finish in the Northumberland Plate, but a return to a mile and a half over this course and distance on July 11 represents even better form.

Charlie Hills' inmate looked booked for victory in a first-time hood, but he was bumped inside the final 150 yards and overtaken by Hassle and Alcaeus.

The fact the fourth horse home was some five lengths adrift offers further credence to that effort.

This sizeable individual still has the scope to develop this summer, and he is particularly at home on fast ground.

Glenard has only gone up 1lb for his unlucky Ascot run so he is highly likely to again be in the thick of things in similarly brisk conditions.

Ajjaadd looks worthy of respect when he takes the plunge in the SIS Live Handicap.Ted Powell's eight-year-old might be on the exposed side these days, but he showed distinct signs of a revival at Sandown earlier this month.

Sent off an unconsidered 33-1 chance, the gelded son of Elusive Quality relished the return to the minimum trip, despite being burdened with an uncompromising draw.

Ajjaadd was only outmuscled half a length by Millie's Gift, who has since done her bit for the form with a narrow reverse in a valuable heritage handicap at Ascot.

Powell's representative has gone up 2lb, but that is hardly the end of the world seeing as he won at Epsom last summer off a higher mark.

Although he could possibly have done with a little more dig in the ground, there is a strong chance he may again slip under the radar given his comparatively small-time connections.

It will be interesting to see how Agent Murphy gets on in the Mitie Events & Leisure Handicap.

Trainer Brian Meehan is charting a cautious route with this unbeaten son of Cape Cross, who looked a most progressive thoroughbred in arguably a better race than this at Sandown in June.

SELECTIONS: ASCOT: 2.30 Desert Force, 3.05 GLENARD (NAP), 3.40 Fyrecracker, 4.15 Agent Murphy, 4.50 Blue Waltz, 5.20 Ajjaadd.

CARLISLE: 2.10 You're My Cracker, 2.40 Ocean Sheridan, 3.15 Naoise, 3.50 Discovery Bay, 4.25 Law Keeper, 5.00 Her Red Devil, 5.30 Al Khan.

PONTEFRACT: 2.20 Dark Reckoning, 2.55 Merchant Of Medici, 3.30 Croquembouche, 4.05 Elleval, 4.40 Dark Castle, 5.10 Hanno, 5.40 Mr Mo Jo.

DOUBLE: Glenard and Croquembouche

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