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Olympic Glory wins Superlative Stakes

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Jockey Richard Hughes rode Olympic Glory to a close win in the Group 2 Superlative Stakes at Newmarket. First prize for the horse race was set at £34,026. Two-year-old Olympic Glory barely held off runner-up Birdman (£12,900) by less than half a length at the line.

The Richard Gannon-trained juvenile (Olympic Glory), a runner-up at Royal Ascot, was the 6-4 betting odds favourite heading into the showdown at Newmarket. On Saturday, he validated those odds despite racing grounds that were testing due to recent wet weather.

“I wasn't sure about the ground, but he's by Choisir who is a good stallion and they go on everything.” Hughes said afterwards. “He just missed a few days earlier in the week and blew up a bit in the last 100 yards. He had a problem with his foot but he came back and we were lucky.”

Betting tipsters and punters may consider that Olympic Glory has some lineage. The son of Choisir was bought by Peter and Ross Doyle from Parkway Farm for £65,000 at the DBS Premier Yearling Sales 2011. Olympic Glory also placed second in the Group 2 Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot.

His next challenge could come at the Group 2 Vintage Stakes at Goodwood. That meeting was won last year by Chandlery, another son of Choisir.