Euchen Glen is after more Group race glory after his 18-1 upset at York recently when he had three rivals including last year’s St Leger hero Logician trailing in his wake.
Connections decided against supplementing him for one of the valuable contests on Ascot’s glittering Champions’ Day card and are instead heading to Newbury on Saturday.
Euchen Glen is owned and bred by joint-Ayr racecourse owner William Johnstone and the gelding’s trainer Jim Goldie said: “We are looking at the St Simon Stakes which is a Group 3 over a mile and half. He still seems to be improving and in such good form so we might as well keep on going.
“He went up a couple of pounds to 109 after York, and depending on what happens at Newbury, we might then look at the November Handicap at Doncaster. The long term dream is the Melbourne Cup and that is where he will be hopefully heading this time next year.”
The seven-year-old had 23 months off with a serious tendon injury after winning the 2018 John Smith’s Cup at York.
He has been in sparkling form this term with a victory in the historic Old Borough Cup at Haydock prior to giving Goldie’s Uplawmoor yard its fourth Group race strike on the Knavesmire.
Johnstone, based just a few miles from his local racecourse, is heavily involved in breeding most of his own horses and Euchen Glen, by the Derby winner Authorized, is a brother to Sir Chauvelin and a half-brother to Ayr Poet.
He is particularly proud of his Australia colt Annandale, a winning two-year-old for Mark Johnston in 2020, and named after an area where he was brought up.
Hollie Doyle broke her own record for the most victories in a calendar year by a female jockey in Britain at Kempton Park recently.
She took her new personal-best score onto 117, passing the 116 she set last year with two months to spare so who knows what final tally she may have amassed come the last race at Lingfield Park on December 31st.
We didn’t see much of Hollie in Scotland in 2020 and her only winner north of the border came at Ayr aboard Archie Watson-trained Harrison Point – her first course success – on 28th July. In all during 2020 she had eight rides at Ayr and one at Hamilton Park.
Her partner Tom Marquand certainly made more of an impact at the Craigie course just a few weeks later with a stunning treble spearheaded by Nahaarr in the Ayr Gold Cup.
Speaking of Hollie’s achievements reminds us that Saturday October 24th until Friday October 30th marks the fourth year of Scottish Women and Girls in Sport Week.
It is an initiative providing an opportunity to throw the spotlight on women and girls’ participation in sport and physical activities and the theme for 2020 is to highlight the positive impact of physical activity and celebrate the return of sport.
The hashtag for Scottish Women and Girls in Sport Week 2020 is #SheCanSheWill
Racing in Scotland week takes place at Kelso on Saturday when the feature race is the £25,000 Paxtons Exclusively Kverneland Chase, a Limited Handicap over 3m 2f.
The contest was won in impressive style twelve months ago by Michael Scudamore-trained Mysteree in the colours of Scottish owner Lynne Maclennan.
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