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Glen Shiel Delights Ties With Champions Sprint Effort |  Race News

Glen Shiel delighted his relationship with a courageous effort when he finished second to defend his Qipco British Champions Sprint Stakes title.

Trained by Archie Watson, the seven-year-old proved the fire still burns fiercely with a top-notch performance in the first blinkers.

Hollie Doyle had the rest of the field struggling with a stadium to go, but William Buick had tracked them down on Creative Force and there was enough left to gain length.

“He ran a fabulous race and he’s just an absolute legend of a horse. He finished second in two Group 1s this year,” said Simon Turner of Hambleton Racing Syndicate owners.

“He made a lot of money for his owners and gave them another huge thrill on a big stage. We’re really, really proud of him – we’re running out of superlatives.

“We would love an extra six meter Group 1 at Ascot as he certainly seems to enjoy it there.

“I don’t plan on going overseas. Next year he’ll be easier to place because he won’t have his Group 1 penalty and (the offspring of) Pivotal seems to go on forever. until his best Saturday., so hopefully there will be more fun to have with him next year.

“Considering what he showed yesterday, his schedule will again be based on big sprints but there is no reason why he cannot run in Listed or Group 3 if it suits him.

“I think he proved yesterday that he’s about as good as ever. It was a great decision for Archie to go for the blinders, not even try them on at home, they certainly did. worked. “

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