By Duane Fonseca
David O’Meara’s jetsetting stable star Lord Glitters achieved an almost unthinkable victory in what was a thrilling renewal of the Bahrain International Trophy at Sakhir Racecourse.
The 8yo gelded son of Whipper has had a largely successful 2021 after finishing fifth last year in Bahrain. He won twice in four outings at Meydan clinching the Group 2 Singspiel Stakes and then Super Saturday’s Group 1 Jebel Hatta.
O’Meara’s grey was last seen finishing last of 10 in the QEII on Champions Day last month and conceded weight to all of his younger rivals. But a well calculated ride from Jason Watson saw him swoop in to win the 2000m affair which was run as a Group 3 for the very first time.
Running at the rear of the field, Lord Glitters started making smooth progress early in the home straight and he picked up strongly all along to deny Godolphin a 1-2 with Charlie Appleby’s Barney Roy finishing a half length back in the hands of James Doyle and the Andre Fabre trained and Mickael Barzalona taking third, a further neck behind.
O’Meara said: “He’s not getting any younger – he’s rising nine. To come out here and give a penalty away to all these is brilliant.
“We came here last year and finished fifth and felt we had a bit of unfinished business. We got behind a little bit and in a steadily-run race it was won off the front.
“Today there was a lot of talk it was going to be well-run, which we were delighted to hear.
“Coming abroad and winning any big race is brilliant. Coming out here is class.”
The trainer was also keen to praise Watson’s part in the victory adding: “Jason is a hell of a talent. He’s substituting for Danny (Tudhope) today, who is off injured, and he’s done a fantastic job.”
Winning rider Watson added: “I came out here with a lot of nerves. I wouldn’t call myself a nervous rider or someone who gets too worried about big days, but this horse is so important to the yard back home and to David and the connections.
“To ride a champion like him, and now to go and win on him, is just an honour really.
“There was always going to a lot of pace in the race, which was always going to suit us.
“Fair play to the horse – I couldn’t have asked him to do any more.”