Thoroughbred Breeders' Association Mares' Novices' Hurdle (Listed) 2m 110y
- (4yo+, 2m 110y, Class 1, 6 runners)
- Winner £11,888 2nd £4,452 3rd £2,224 4th £1,110
- Going: Soft, Good to Soft in places
- Surface: Turf
Alex Hammond's Tip Of The Day (Ma Filleule - 12.50 N) To Win By Over 4 Lengths Up To Including 6 Lengths 9-1
- Winning time: 4m 6.00s
- Off time: 12:50:36
|1st||5 She Ranks Me||10/1|
|2nd||3 Ma Filleule||nk||2/1|
Call Me A Star 29
|5||154 11-0||A King||R Thornton||11/10f|
Eleven Fifty Nine 29
|6||154 11-0||A J Honeyball||Rachael Green||9/2|
Ma Filleule (FR) 31
|4||154 11-0||N J Henderson||B J Geraghty||2/1|
September Blaze 308
|5||154 11-0||P R Webber||D Elsworth||66/1|
She Ranks Me (IRE) 28
|5||154 11-0 p||D McCain Jnr||A P McCoy||128||10/1|
Was My Valentine 30
|5||154 11-0 t1||Miss J S Davis||D A Jacob||125/1|
Progressive pair CALL ME A STAR and Eleven Fifty Nine are old rivals. Alan King's mare has come out on top in two of their three meetings, including over hurdles at Uttoxeter last month, and can confirm her superiority here by landing this. Ma Filleule landed the odds on her UK debut at Haydock and will be expected to improve. She won three times over fences in France but is meeting older mares off level terms here. She Ranks Me won at Cartmel and Fontwell in August but arguably ran her best race at Wetherby last time when third to Une Artiste - she shouldn't be ignored.
She Ranks Me (IRE) 8-1 (10-12) Led, mistake 2nd, headed 2 out, soon ridden, lost 2nd place after last, no extra, 3rd of 6, 4l behind Une Artiste (11-6) at Wetherby 2m mrs lst hdl (1) gs in Nov.
Ma Filleule (FR) 3-10fav (10-5) Tracked leader, joined leader 4 out, challenged on bit 3 out, led next, clear before last, eased last 100 yards, won at Haydock 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Oct beating Josies Orders (10-12) by 12l, 5 ran.
Call Me A Star 10-11fav (11-4) Held up towards rear, took keen hold, headway after 4th, not much room when mistake 6th, led 3 out, hit 2 out, ridden out, won at Uttoxeter 2m mares mdn hdl (5) sft in Nov beating Eleven Fifty Nine (11-1) by 2 1/4l, 8 ran.
Eleven Fifty Nine 2-1 (11-1) Held up in rear, took keen hold, headway 5th, chased winner approaching 2 out, stayed on, no impression, 2nd of 8, 2 1/4l behind Call Me A Star (11-4) at Uttoxeter 2m mares mdn hdl (5) sft in Nov.
September Blaze 16-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, under pressure over 2f out soon weakened, 8th of 12, 13l behind Diligent (10-3) at Doncaster 2m mrs N H flat (5) gs in Jan.
Was My Valentine 40-1 (10-5) In touch, not fluent 1st, weakened before 2 out, 5th of 10, 23l behind Polly Peachum (10-5) at Stratford 2m NH nov hdl 4-6yo (3) sft in Nov.