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  • Writer's pictureSimon Long

Mares' Chase aim for The Glancing Queen after back-to-back Listed wins

'We will work back from Cheltenham and it is ideal we have the Mares' Chase to aim at now'

Alan King will work back from the Mrs Paddy Power Mares’ Chase at the Cheltenham Festival with The Glancing Queen following her second Listed mares’ novice chase success.

The seven-year-old finished fifth in the Mares’ Novices' Hurdle at the big meeting last season and backed up her chase debut victory at Bangor with a seven-and-a-half length triumph under Tom Cannon.

She was introduced into the Mares’ Chase betting at 14-1 with the race sponsors.

After making a winning debut over fences in a Listed contest at Bangor On Dee 29 days ago the Jeremy mare built on that display under a five pound penalty for on her return to two and a half miles with another impressive round of jumping.

Buried away mid-division for much of the race the 7/4 market leader crept quietly into the race before moving onto the heels of long-time leader Barbados Blue turning for home.

As the pair jumped the penultimate fence together The Glancing Queen pressed on towards the last, which she measured impeccably before galloping clear up the run in to score by seven and a half lengths.

King said: “Her jumping was very good. Tom (Cannon, jockey) said even when she is in tight she is very quick and away from them.

“This was always going to suit her stepping back up to two and a half as the extended 2m 1f at Bangor last time was sharp enough for her and I thought she would travel easier over this trip. She is just a grand mare.

Photo image of The Glancing Queen and Tom Cannon winning at Warwick


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