Glorious Angel lines up in tomorrow’s Lily Agnes Stakes at Chester hoping to give local syndicate Roudee Racing their first triumph in the race after hitting the crossbas last year.
The two-year-old filly caught the eye on debut, finishing behind two smart types at Nottingham, that all looks preparation for a tilt at the popular Chester race for the local Manor House Stable.
The daughter of Angel Meadow will face some hot competition in the May Festival curtain raiser with the well touted David O’Meara-trained filly Star Of Lady M setting the standard at the top of the market.
Drawn wide, which is unfavorable on Chester’s unique test, Roudee Racing Manager Mike Edwards is still hopeful of a bold bid, he said: “Unfortunately the draw hasn't been too kind to us but that’s one of the risks with Chester and one of the reasons why we love it so much.
“On her previous run, when she ran at Nottingham, she broke well from the gate; Hopefully she can repeat that and get across and lead things from the front.
The team of Mike Edwards and Dylan Jenkins formed Roudee Racing in 2020 and went close in the Lily Agnes Stakes last term.
Edwards said: “She’s a full sister to a horse we owned last year called Devious Angel, she won four times as a two year old including at Chester and she was second in the Lily Anges last year. We are hoping to go one better tomorrow.”
Perhaps a warmer renewal than last term, Edward is still optimistic the younger sister can be even better than her sibling, he revealed: “She goes there in good form, we are really happy with her, we certainly wouldn’t swap her for anything else in the race.”
“She was closing towards the end at Nottingham, she ran a little bit green, but she ran with a lot of credit.”
Should Glorious Angel get the better of her seven rivals on Wednesday it could be quite a quick turnaround, Edwards said: “She’s got to show some decent ability tomorrow, then there is the option of the listed race at York, the Marygate Fillies Stakes. It's a natural follow on from the Lily Agnes in a week's time.
“She would have to run really well but you have to take the draw into consideration too. We don't see any reason why she can't, she has shown us enough promise at home to think she could do that.”
Glorious Angel will be partnered by new dual Classic winning jockey James Doyle after the 34-year-old scooped the Guineas double at Newmarket last weekend.
Doyle sailed to victory aboard Coroebus in the 2000 Guineas on Saturday before delivering the 1000 Guineas in fine style from the front on the George Boughey-trained Cachet.
“You couldn’t pick a more in-form jockey could you? He’s riding at the top of his game, he’s full of confidence” said Edwards.
Clearly thrilled to have a top pilot aboard one of their potential flagship syndicate charges, Edwards talked about the benefits of the a-list jockey bookings, he said: “They’ve got a horse running in the Lily Agnes, for some of them it's the first horse they’ve owned, and they've got James Doyle riding their horse tomorrow a couple of days after he's had two of the biggest wins of his career.
“The owners are going to get to meet him, shake his hand, listen to the instructions he gets and get a photo with him. That in itself is fantastic, you almost don't need to win the race then - it's about having great fun and great days out.”
Into their third season now as a syndicate, Roudee Racing are expanding their operation year on year.
Dylan Jenkins heads the syndicate management side of the partnership with Mike Edwards and he shared updates on their ever growing community. He said: “This year we’ve got five horses, and we have around 30-40 syndicate owners; the majority are involved with more than one horse.”
Jenkins and Edwards formerly owned a Lily Agnes Stakes winner before creating Roudee racing, Jenkins shared how the partnership came together. He said: “We met ten years ago and have had syndicated horses together since at Manor House.
“We’ve had a few horses, we owned a horse called Quatuor who was the last horse trained in Manor House who won the Lily Agnes Stakes, we had a great year with her before we sold her.
“The following year we had a horse called Roudee, He is what the business is partly named after. He was second in the Lily Agnes and went on to win at Chester before having his finest hour in the Ayr Silver Cup. It was in lockdown when we met up that we decided to start Roudee Racing.”
Roudee Racing have their few horses trained at Michael Owen’s Manor House Stables in the care of Classic winning trainer Hugo Palmer.
Owen revealed plans last month to expand his base last month, building 60 new boxes over the next few years and Mike Edwards believes they can expand the Roudee Syndicate in company with Manor House, he said: “It's a fantastic set up with wonderful staff.
“It's a great atmosphere down there, everyone wants everyone else's horses to win, it's a real team atmosphere and a great place to have your horse trained.
“We want to continue to grow our syndicate, getting more great people involved, creating groups and friendships that continue and grow with Manor House Stables. We want to continue to expand in association with Manor House and get the Roudee Racing brand out there.”
One way they have boosted their profile and hope to do more so is through having smart horses like Roudemental. An impressive winner at Redcar last time, they’re dreaming big with the three-year-old.
Edwards said: “We’ve thought a lot of him since last year really, we thought he would do much better as a three year old.
“He ran really well at Redcar, he was gelded over the winter and had a little wind op and the team have done really well with him. He’s gone up 6lb for that win up to an official rating of 79.
“We are hopeful there is more to come and that he might just be that Saturday horse going forward that takes us to some of the big meetings. To have a horse at the nicer meetings that is competitive that could be the flag bearer for our syndicate would be fantastic.”