Wild Hope

Raising a Glass to Dragon

20th August 2019

Rain certainly didn’t dampen the spirits on Friday as owners involved with two-year-old filly Dragon Glass arrived at David O’Meara’s ever-expanding base at Upper Helmsley in Yorkshire for a morning visit.

The weather that greeted owners on arrival may well have been gloomy however, the enthusiastic chit-chat amongst her owners as they met for the first time certainly brightened the atmosphere of this informal morning.

As the Hambleton team welcomed owners to David’s modern set-up, they warmed themselves up with hot refreshments provided by Steve who had coffees and baked goods on tap as they waited for their filly to make an appearance.

With the rain easing a little, Dragon Glass made her way into the outside yard for her all-important meet and greet with her syndicate members.

On hand to get the pictures was Hambleton’s excellent official photographer, Louise Pollard who captured the moment as owners got the chance to meet their filly up close and personal.

Once the photoshoot was completed, David’s team swiftly tacked up this attractive filly by Kingston Hill ready for her to head out onto the gallops with the rest of the string.

As David’s string of youngsters headed away from the main yard, owners followed them out to the walking ring where the horses gathered ahead of taking to the gallops.

Both David’s round gallop and uphill gallop were in action so there was plenty of varied action to observe whilst also getting a better insight into how David utilises his excellent facilities.

Dragon Glass certainly impressed her onlookers with her fluid, easy action as she skipped up the hill gallop third in the string behind another of David’s two-year-olds and fellow Hambleton horse, Rebel Soldier Boy.

The equine squad looked in great form as they completed two canters up David’s hill gallop as phones and cameras captured the action.

After the gallops and a relaxed walk back into the yard, David arranged for Dragon Glass to come and get a pick of grass in front of her owners after she had been washed off by her work rider.

The easy, laid-back nature of this filly was clear to see as this daughter of Kingston Hill willingly accepted the affection of her new fan club.

After proving herself to be fairly placid, she let out a squeal and a buck as she headed off to join the other youngsters on the horse walker for her post-exercise cool down displaying a little exuberance which everyone found most entertaining.

After the morning activities owners relocated to the nearby Three Cups for complimentary two-course lunch with the Hambleton team. This lunch was delicious and well-received as ever and owners chatted enthusiastically about their hopes for this impressive filly.

This visit to David’s stables to meet the lovely Dragon Glass proved to be really popular and we’ve already had some wonderful feedback from owners.

Of course, the real action is on the racecourse and with this attractive filly making good progress with her training so far, hopes are high that she will be ready to make her debut at some stage this autumn.