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International targets on horizon for dual Group 1 winner Glass Slippers

Terry and Margaret Holdcroft’s homebred GLASS SLIPPERS (GB) proved that her Group 1 Prix de l’Abbaye success last Autumn was no fluke when swooping to land a second top-flight victory in the Group 1 Flying Five Stakes at the Curragh on Sunday afternoon.

The four-year-old filly hails from a family that has been nurtured over several generations at the Holdcrofts’ Bearstone Stud in Shropshire. The filly has paid credit to some excellent foresight on the part of the Holdcrofts, for while the commercial nature of the Bearstone business has meant selling several offspring out of their late homebred broodmare NIGHT GYPSY (GB) (MIND GAMES {GB}), the Holdcrofts opted to retain Glass Slippers.

Speaking to GBRI after the filly’s second top-level win on Sunday, Bearstone Stud manager Mark Pennell said:

 “She’s certainly put us on the map. We’ve been breeding lots of winners, we’ve had 28 homebred winners this season, but to get a double Group 1 winner like Glass Slippers is just amazing and it’s all down to Terry and Margaret Holdcroft who have worked so hard and bred all these horses for so many years. To actually keep one and get a Group 1 winner to breed from is just amazing for them.”

Of her dominant display on Sunday, Pennell reflected:

“When you think that she ran at Goodwood, she still broke the track record finishing second to Battaash, so we knew she’d trained on and kept her form. We didn’t run her at York, because that quite often becomes a tough race, so we decided to save her for this Flying Five and it’s paid off.”

 Pointing out that Glass Slippers remains a lightly-raced filly, with just three runs under her belt this season, Pennell pointed to possible international targets:

“We received an entry straight away for the Breeders’ Cup [Turf Sprint], so yes that’s certainly a consideration. It’s not a definite yet, we’ve got to speak to Kevin [Ryan], but obviously we’ll be considering that strongly.

 “Her next target will be the Abbaye, she seems to be a back-end filly so hopefully it’ll work out for her.”

 Looking beyond 2020, Pennell also made some promising noises regarding the filly’s career on the track:

 “We haven’t ruled out keeping her in training as a five-year-old, this year being such a sticky season with Covid and everything else. We’ve been at it 40 years and we’ve got a filly like this now and we’ve had a year with Covid where we’ve not been able to go and watch her run, so for everybody’s enjoyment and the boss, it would be lovely to be able to go and watch her race and win races like that next season. It’s not decided yet, but it’s a consideration.”

 The Bearstone team have been prepping 56 yearlings to go to Britain’s yearling sales this year, as well as a large number of foals for the sales in December. Speaking of the family’s offspring still due to go under the hammer in 2020, Pennell commented:

“Aunt Nicola who we bought back last year, she’s a half-sister to Glass Slippers, she’s got a Twilight Son filly going to Book 3 in the [Tattersalls] October Sales [Lot 1691].

 “We’ve got a foal by Washington DC out of She Mystifies, she’s a half-sister to Glass Slippers, and that’s in the [Tattersalls] December Foal Sales. Right down to the third dam, we’ve bred everything on that page. It’s a family that we’ve bred right through.”

 Pennell also confirmed that SHE MYSTIFIES (GB) is carrying to DREAM AHEAD, meaning the resulting foal will be very closely related to Glass Slippers.