The Glancing Queen produces a filly foal by Bangkok in her first year at stud
Inevitably, we all get emotional about the mares which pass through our hands, knowing that many will be booked for an all-too-brief stay at Barbury, where their racecourse action can be a stepping-stone to a new life at the paddocks.
Last summer we bid farewell to The Glancing Queen, Her Indoors and Nina the Terrier, all of whom did us proud on the track, but happily news filtered through over the week-end from the Chapel Stud, that their dual-purpose first-season sire Bangkok had produced the first filly foal from our very own The Glancing Queen in his opening crop.
The Glancing Queen raced until she was an eight-year-old, winning seven races and showing her versatility by scoring in a couple of bumpers, including a Grade 2 at Aintree, en route to winning twice over hurdles and three times over fences.
Clearly, The Glancing Queen, who twice narrowly failed to make the frame at the Cheltenham Festival, hit it off well with Bangkok, with the breeding shed reporting that “she has taken to motherhood like an old pro”.
Bangkok himself was a six-race winner over a mile and a quarter, but he also stayed 12 furlongs well, finishing second to the classy Japan in the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot. He amassed more than £630,000 in prize money, which included the Grade 2 Sky Bet York Stakes, and, hopefully, The Glancing Queen’s beautifully-bred foal might be following in her mother’s footsteps in time and returning to Barbury.