The Greenlands Stakes at Curragh have been identified as a likely return target for star sprinter Glen Shiel.
Bought for £ 45,000 from André Fabre’s backyard in the spring of 2019, the Pivotal gelding has proven to be a great acquisition for the successful Hambleton Racing team.
The seven-year-old has won five times for his current relationship, the highlight being his thrilling triumph in the Qipco British Champions Sprint at Ascot in October – a first Group 1 success for jockey Hollie Doyle.
Glen Shiel also clinched the Group Three Phoenix Sprint Stakes at the Curragh last summer – and a return home to Irish Flat Racing on May 22 has been seen as a potential starting point for the new campaign.
Cosmo Charlton, Race Director for Hambleton, said: “Glen Shiel is in fantastic shape. Everyone is very happy with him.
“He’s stepped up his work now, and Archie (Watson, coach) is really happy.
“We are evaluating possible starting point options, but it could be the Greenlands Stakes in Ireland – a Group 2 at the end of May.
“The Duke of York (in York) is also under consideration, but I think it is likely that he will go to Greenland and then to Royal Ascot for the Diamond Jubilee.