Glass Slippers

Kevin scores another Group 1

7th October 2019

The team at Kevin Ryan’s will be full of ‘joie de vivre’ this morning after tasting Group 1 success again in France yesterday courtesy of the improving Glass Slippers.

The three-year-old filly was registering her first success at the top level, as she eased to an impressive victory in the Prix de L’Abbaye at Longchamp on Sunday.

Under Kevin’s expert training, Glass Slippers has progressed throughout this season and in scoring yesterday she completed a hat-trick of wins for the current campaign. This attractive filly by Dream Ahead certainly seems to have shown a liking for foreign soil, having scored at Listed and Group 3 level across the water already this year.

Yesterday the win never looked in doubt from a long way out under a positive ride from regular pilot Tom Eaves, she held an early advantage and picked up in style to pull away to win by a most impressive three lengths at the line.

This latest Group 1 success comes off the back of Hello Youmzain’s victory in the Group 1 Haydock Park Sprint Cup in great style last month and illustrates Kevin’s undoubted ability to prime these horses for the top when given the right ammunition.

With the yearling sales season firmly upon us, this again highlights Kevin’s talent for sourcing youngsters who are capable of going on to score at the highest level and it is no surprise that our first two yearling purchases with him this autumn have already sold out.

Kevin continues to have an outstanding record for purchasing quality horses at bargain prices and we expect our upcoming yearling syndicates with Kevin to prove to be just as popular.

Kevin has also trained Group or Listed winning two-year-olds in 11 of the last 12 years - a quite remarkable achievement. Group race winners seemingly arrive like clockwork for Kevin, who has few peers when it comes to finding quality horses at bargain prices.

It’s great to see Kevin maintain his levels of achievement in some of the sport’s best races.

With Glass Slippers set to stay in training next year, the flying filly will have every chance of bringing more big race success to Hambleton Lodge.