Glajou

Trainer: Paul Nicholls OBE Race type: Jumps
Age: 6 yr old Description: Bay Gelding
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Race entries

From the same source as Apples Jade, Apples Shakira, Delta Work, Grand Crus and dual Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Al Boum Photo.

Purchased at the Arqana Autumn sale, Glajou is a son of the late great sire NETWORK, who sired the legendary SPRINTER SACRE and sadly died in the summer of 2019: https://www.racingpost.com/bloodstock/sprinter-sacres-sire-network-dies-aged-22/389682

GLAJOU arrives at Paul Nicholls’ Ditcheat yard, rather like Cyrname, Clan Des Obeaux and Frodon, with significant French form under his belt, having finished 3rd in his two 3yo hurdles; both on testing ground. On hurdles debut, he was put to sleep out the back, many, many lengths off the pace, seemingly there for education purposes alone. Jumping for fun, throughout the race, he swooped around the field as they turned for home, but couldn’t quite get to the leaders, who quickened from the front in the straight. In his second run, he was ridden much more handily, again jumping with commensurate, slick efficiency, he looked likely to win as they approached the last, before a combination of youth, inexperience and the testing ground that day, just saw him run out of it on the run in, into 3rd.

Being by the mighty Network, whose progeny are renowned for improving no end, with time, and given Glajou stands at whopping 16.3hh, he’s performed exceedingly well at this nascent stage of his career. Given our horse’s physique and the jumping adeptness shown by Network’s other progeny, it’s safe to assume that this fellow could do very well over fences, as he matures fully, into his huge, yet distinctly elegant, frame.

Watch his two French race videos here: https://www.arqana.com/equidiavideo/index.php?horse=GLAJOU.

Racing Update: We’ve a sneaking feeling that we’ve been riding him wrong and not using his biggest asset, his jumping. He can take, literally, lengths out of his opponents in the air, yet we’re being conservative and reigning him back between his fences. He usually looms up large and just doesn’t find the extra 2 or 3 lengths that you need to, to win most races. We’re looking to gain those lengths, going forward, by literally, going forward. There’s nothing better to see, than a 2-mile chaser, making all, jumping their rivals into submission. That’s why we all loved Desert Orchid “Dessie”, so much! Whilst nowhere near in Dessie’s league, a Summer’s racing, with super positive tactics, is in the agenda. It could be the making of him. His race entries/declarations will show on this page.


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Appleyard Drive
Barton-on-Humber
North Lincolnshire
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