The Glancing Queen looked oh so special
Few successes in what has been a tough winter for Barbury have given Alan more satisfaction than The Glancing Queen, who looks to have a huge future judged on her brilliant success in the Mares Bumper at Aintree on Thursday.
Back against her own sex, having produced a superb run to finish fifth against the boys in the Festival Bumper at Cheltenham, The Glancing Queen outgunned the much-heralded hotpot Minella Melody by two and a quarter lengths.
Not surprisingly, Alan has re-run The Glancing Queen’s success dozens of times since, and, reflecting on the performance, he said:”She is a gorgeous mare and all class, and I’ve always adored her.
“She came out of Cheltenham so well that we thought we’d roll the dice again at Aintree, and she travelled like a dream all the way.
“It has been well documented that my novice hurdlers this season have been an ordinary bunch, but I think The Glancing Queen is seriously good,
“We have lots to look forward next season. We’ve a squad of lovely young horses and have had 12 individual bumper winners, but she is very much my number one.
“And as for the future is concerned, she’s also won a point-to-point and, having already schooled her over hurdles at home, I can assure everyone that she jumps well.”
The Glancing Queen is likely to be roughed off now for her summer break, and Alan can’t wait to see her kick-start a hurdling career next autumn.”
Equally excited is Wayne Hutchinson, who said:”I really fancied The Glancing Queen, and she is a mare with oodles of class.
“She ran a corker at Cheltenham and would have finished closer had we not got trapped behind horses turning for home.
“She is so straight-forward and had pleased us so much in her preparation that we had to be optimistic. She has rock-solid form and had the quality to go through the ground and win like we hoped she would.”
Tomorrow might be Grand National day, but for us the week just could not get any better, with Mia’s Storm, our only runner at Aintree’s final stage, ideally requiring better ground for her target in the handicap hurdle.
Mia’s Storm is very much ground dependent – she loves to bounce off fast underfoot conditions – and it seems that every time Alan enters this mare the heavens open.
Alan said:”We could certainly have done without all this week’s rain, but, whereas this time last year she had gone over the top, this time around Mia’s Storm is fresh and well, having missed Cheltenham because of the ground.
“She has been in great form at home after her winter break and, though she is high enough in the handicap, she could run well if underfoot conditions continue to improve.”