By Graham Clark/Jockey Club Racecourses
GB: Breeders’ Cup heroine Glass Slippers is set to step back out onto the track for the first time since her Keeneland triumph in Haydock’s Temple Stakes on May 22 in preparation for Royal Ascot.
Trainer Kevin Ryan is targeting the triple G1-winning mare at the G2 sprint as a prelude to next month’s royal meeting where she has entries in the King’s Stand and Diamond Jubilee Stakes.
Glass Slippers added the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint to G1 wins in the Flying Five and Prix de l’Abbaye when triumphing last November under Tom Eaves. “The plan is to start her off in the Temple Stakes prior to going to Royal Ascot,” said Yorkshire-based Ryan.
“Although this is her first run of the year she is in great form – anything she does at Haydock she will improve for it, but it is a good starting point. Haydock is a good galloping track and we are very much looking forward to getting her going there.
“She had a fantastic time last year, though it is always in the back of your mind that she is better in the second half of the season,” he added. “Whether that is going to be different this year I don’t know, but we are very fortunate to have her back in training again this year as she is an exceptional mare.”
Given what Glass Slippers has already achieved it would have been easy for her owners, Bearstone Stud Ltd, to have retired her at the end of last season and Ryan is only too thankful they decided to keep her in training for another year.
Ryan, who trains in Hambleton, North Yorkshire, said: “Retirement is always something that is always going to be there after what she has done. She is a homebred filly and they have been breeding horses for a long time.
“They wanted to have another season racing with her which is very sporting as she is still plenty young enough to breed plenty of foals later on.”
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