Talented Getaway Mare Lands Grade A Chase
Glan (7m Getaway - Fleur, by Perugino) secured a valuable prize for connections when winning the feature Grade A hurdle on the opening day of the Fairyhouse Easter Festival.
The Gordon Elliott-trained mare finished a close second over course and distance in another valuable hurdle earlier this season, and was sent off second favourite under Mark Walsh. Positioned in midfield for much of the way, she overcame interference approaching the penultimate flight and produced a challenge approaching the last. Keeping on well on the run-in, she prevailed by half a length on the line.
Speaking after the race, the winning trainer said, “Mark gave her a lovely ride. We've been beaten in that race a couple of times over the years and we've been placed in it a good few times. She's a nice mare so it was great to win it.”
Bred by Kieran McManus, Glan is owned by JP McManus, who won another notable prize earlier that afternoon with a son of Getaway when Musical Slave (9g Getaway - Inghwung, by Kayf Tara) landed a Class 2 chase at Haydock.
Philip Hobbs’ charge has proven consistent in competitive contests, being a three-time winner and Graded-placed over fences, while his three hurdle wins include a successful trip to the Punchestown Festival.
The son of Getaway was bred by Simon Walford.