The Glancing Queen mixes it with the boys in the Dipper at Cheltenham

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December 31

Alan, who is as Scottish as Billy Connolly, is delaying his Hogmanay celebrations until Cheltenham tomorrow, hoping that The Glancing Queen can give Barbury a flying start to 2022 by beating the boys in the Dipper Novices’ Chase, a race Alan has already won twice in recent years with Yanworth and Messire des Obeaux.

The Glancing Queen has run at Prestbury Park four times, winning her first bumper there three years ago, but this will be her first experience of these tricky fences.

Alan said:”The Glancing Queen did everything right when winning her first two races as a novice chaser, and she was particularly impressive at Warwick last time.

“We discussed our options with the owners and agreed to take the mare to Cheltenham rather than heading for Plumpton on Sunday. My reasoning was that it would give The Glancing Queen valuable experience over fences before the Festival in March. She has been in super form at home and schooled well on Thursday, so we hope and think that she will run well.”

We also run Deyrann de Carjac in the £100,000 Paddy Power New Year’s Day Handicap Chase, and Alan reflected:”He ran really well when finishing fifth there last month, and it helps that he has been dropped 2lb. However, the negative is that the ground is soft and his chance would be better if the rain had stayed away.”