The exciting juvenile hurdler Glorious Zoff was sourced at the August Horses In Training Sales after showing promise in a handful of starts on the flat, and already looks to have been extremely well-bought.
He is one of a growing number of Zoffanys beginning to show promise over hurdles, and out of the Irish 1,000 Guineas runner-up Ardbrae Lady. Such a pedigree suggests he can go to a very high level and the early signs have been most encouraging since he joined the powerhouse yard of Gordon Elliott in County Meath.
Glorious Zoff made his debut over timber at Sligo in October and cruised to a 12 length success under Keith Donoghue, his hurdling technique improving as the race developed before he put a seal on the race with a super jump at the last. That victory marked him down as one of the most exciting juveniles seen out so far this season and even generated quotes from bookmakers for the Triumph Hurdle.
Glorious Zoff was pulled out of his intended next run at Down Royal due to soft ground and then finished a gallant second at Sedgefield on his only subsequent start, when again probably inconvenienced by underfoot conditions and carrying a penalty. The third home at Sedgefield has already won since to confirm it was a decent race.
Glorious Zoff remains a cracking prospect and looks a likely candidate for races such as the Fred Winter at the Cheltenham Festival – which Gordon has won three times previously.