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  • Gladness Glee For Sruthan

Big Bad Bob Gladness Stakes (Group 3) 7f

  • (3yo+, 7f, Class 1, 8 runners)
  • Winner €40,625 2nd €11,875 3rd €5,626 4th €1,874
  • Going: Soft
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 1m 28.40s
  • Off time: 15:57:20
  • Last Updated: April 13 2014, 16:23 BST

Sruthan maintained his progress when landing his second Group Three victory in the Big Bad Bob Gladness Stakes at the Curragh on Sunday.

Sruthan is a ready winner of the Gladness Stakes at the Curragh
Sruthan is a ready winner of the Gladness Stakes at the Curragh

Paul Deegan's gelding signed off 2013 with a win in Tipperary's Concorde Stakes and began the new season on a high note.

Chris Hayes always had Sruthan (9-4 favourite) handily-placed as last year's winner Custom Cut and Cristoforo Colombo took the field along before asking the four-year-old to make his effort.

Wearing a hood for the first time, Sruthan pulled clear in the closing stages to win by a length and a half from Custon Cut, with Wannabe Better a close-up third.

Deegan said: "He did it well. I always thought he was going to be a better horse this year. He has grown and has huge depth. We'll stick to in and around a mile and he'll improve from that.

"He could go for a Group Two in France (the Prix du Muguet at Saint-Cloud) and there's the Lockinge Stakes (at Newbury) as well. We'll see how he is. I haven't killed him for today as it's a long season."