Racing: Mills revels in Glory and pursues bold plans

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Trainer Terry Mills may have found himself with a Jubilee Stakes prospect on his hands for the displaced Royal Asoct meeting next week after Resplendent Glory made it five wins from his last six starts at Sandown Park yesterday.

Mills even looked toward Longchamp after the three-year-old scored an impressive victory in the Listed five-furlong Scurry Stakes by two and a half lengths from Bigalos Bandit with Jewel In The Sand a furhther head back after Shane Kelly pushed the son of Namid to the front just over a furlong out.

"If he is still bouncing when we get him home he might go for the Golden Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot at York," the trainer said. "He's a proper horse and it's nice when you've got one like this. It's a stiff five here and that's ideal for him. We were just worried about the ground, because he likes a bit of cut."

He thinks the horse would be "ready-made" for the Prix de l'Abbaye at Longchamp at the end of the season, as the ground in Paris may be softer.

If sharp was the word for Resplendent Glory, then stout - with or without a final "e" - was the word after the opening nine furlong handicap, when the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Rohaani came late to wear down Cashier and Prize Fighter as the post loomed to win by a head and half a length.

Sheikh Hamdam Al Maktoum's colt had refused to go in the stalls at York before winning at Pontefract in April, and jockey Richard Hills, who had settled the 7-2 favourite at the rear of the field, said: "He has been fractious before and did not jump out great. However, that was a very sound effort because we were quickening at the end. The thing is, he doesn't really fit in the stalls - they should make them bigger."

Hills reproduced that finishing flourish, appropriately enough, on Inchpast (4-1), to complete a double in the CBFM Handicap. The stayer had two attempts to get past the Queen's Turnstile in the straight and though he failed the first time, he forced his way past on the second to score by a length and three-quarters.

Presumptive came from last to first under Steve Drowne in the Handicap to catch front-runner San Antonio coming round the outside and win by one and a half lengths.

After a slow start to the season, the trainer Karl Burke continued his rich vein of form at Ripon when he saddled the bottom weight Orphan to win the Stakes.

He added to his excellent run of eight winners over the past fortnight when Dale Gibson drove the 20-1 shot home by a neck from Beckermet with Viking Spirit, the 9-4 favourite, a length away in third.

"Things are going well and long may it carry on - and if it carries on until Wednesday I'll be happy," Burke said, referring to Clare Hills, who is due to run in the Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot at York.