OLBG Mares' Hurdle (Registered As The David Nicholson Mares' Hurdle) (Grade 2) 2m 4f
- (4yo+, 2m 4f, Class 1, 16 runners)
- Winner £47,830 2nd £18,020 3rd £9,018 4th £4,505 5th £2,261 6th £1,130 7th £561 8th £289
- Going: Good to Soft, Good in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 4m 44.40s
- Off time: 16:00:35
|2nd||5 Glens Melody||¾||14/1|
Cailin Annamh (IRE) 145
|6||159 11-5 t||Mrs J Harrington||B J Geraghty||139||10/1|
Cockney Sparrow 45
|5||159 11-5||J J Quinn||A P McCoy||145||8/1|
Down Ace (IRE) 71
|7||159 11-5||F O'Brien||D F O'Regan||128||20/1|
Doyly Carte 26
|6||159 11-5||D McCain Jnr||Henry Brooke||138||40/1|
Glens Melody (IRE) 31
|6||159 11-5||W P Mullins||P Townend||142||14/1|
Highland Retreat 52
|7||159 11-5||H Fry||N D Fehily||144||14/1|
Jennies Jewel (IRE) 23
|7||159 11-5||J P Fahey||I J McCarthy||139||50/1|
L'unique (FR) 31
|5||159 11-5||A King||R Thornton||135||25/1|
Quevega (FR) 320
|10||159 11-5||W P Mullins||R Walsh||167||8/11f|
Sirene D'ainay (FR) 37
|8||159 11-5 t||E Clayeux||D Cottin||141||11/1|
Uddy (FR) 27
|6||159 11-5||A Couetil||H Terrien||125||66/1|
Epee Celeste (FR) 14
|8||154 11-0 b||M C Chapman||Joseph Cornwall||86||200/1|
Hidden Identity (IRE) 31
|8||154 11-0||Tim Vaughan||R Johnson||135||66/1|
Little King Robin (IRE) 130
|6||154 11-0 t||C Bowe||M P Walsh||124||100/1|
Pass The Time 11
|5||154 11-0 p||N P Mulholland||D A Jacob||127||100/1|
Top Totti 34
|6||154 11-0||H D Daly||Jake Greenall||132||66/1|
||9||11-5||W P Mullins||R Walsh||8/11|
QUEVEGA, who has won four times at Grade 1 level, can make history by becoming the first horse to win the same race at The Festival on six successive occasions. William Mullins' wonder mare has won for the last four years without a prep run so her absence since winning at Punchestown last April isn't a problem and she has at least 22lb in hand over her rivals according to official ratings. Cockney Sparrow suffered a heavy fall behind Annie Power at Doncaster last time and may need a confidence-booster but the selection's stablemate Glens Melody arrives in terrific form having won back-to-back Listed races at Warwick, though she was well beaten in the Relkeel Hurdle at this track earlier. Cailin Annamh hasn't raced since giving weight and a beating to Little King Robin at Punchestown in October but beat Jennies Jewel at Gowran earlier and could have each-way claims. Highland Retreat is also much improved and her defeat of Carole's Spirit and Mickie at Ascot in January is a strong piece of form. Down Ace has yet to taste defeat under Rules but she may be biting off more than she can chew this time and French raider Sirene D'ainay's best efforts have come on heavy ground.
Quevega (FR) 6-4fav (11-3) Tracked leaders, close 2nd travelling well on outer 2 out, led on bridle before last, stayed on strongly run-in, very easily, won at Punchestown 3m hdl G1 hvy in Apr beating Reve De Sivola (11-10) by 5l, 6 ran.
Glens Melody (IRE) Evensfav (11-5) Led, headed briefly before 3 out, blundered and headed 2 out, ridden before last, regained lead run-in, all out, won at Warwick 2m 5f mrs lst hdl (1) hvy in Feb beating Mischievous Milly (11-5) by 1/2l, 4 ran.
L'unique (FR) 5-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders in 3rd, ridden before 2 out, soon weakened, 3rd of 4, 16l behind Glens Melody (11-5) at Warwick 2m 5f mrs lst hdl (1) hvy in Feb.
Hidden Identity (IRE) 7-1 (11-0) In rear and in touch, went 3rd before 4 out, ridden and weakened before 2 out, last of 4, well behind Glens Melody (11-5) at Warwick 2m 5f mrs lst hdl (1) hvy in Feb.
Cockney Sparrow 4-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders in 3rd, a close 3rd when fell 2 out, in a race won by Annie Power (11-5) at Doncaster 2m hdl G2 (1) gs in Jan, 5 ran.
Top Totti 9-1 (11-12) Held up in touch on outside, driven to chase leaders after 4 out, ridden 2 out, went 2nd approaching last, kept on until no extra final 110 yards, 2nd of 8, 7l behind Land Of Vic (10-11) at Ludlow 2m 5f (3) hvy in Feb.
Pass The Time 6-1 (11-12) Held up in touch, mistake 3rd, headway after 4 out, challenged next, led narrowly 2 out, ridden and held on under pressure flat, won at Doncaster 2m mares hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in Feb beating Koolala (11-2) by 1l, 9 ran.
Highland Retreat 5-1 (11-5) Jumped well, tracked leader, led 8th, came to near side before 2 out, ridden and pressed before last, joined last, hard ridden run in, stayed on gamely to assert final 120 yards, won at Ascot 3m hdl G2 (1) hvy in Jan beating Carole's Spirit (11-5) by 2l, 6 ran.
Little King Robin (IRE) 8-1 (10-10) Tracked leaders in 3rd, pushed along and dropped to 5th before 2 out, no impression approaching last, kept on one pace under pressure run-in, 4th of 10, 11l behind Gambling Girl (10-7) at Down Royal 2m mrs nov hdl G3 (1) in Nov.
Uddy (FR) (10-3) 4th of 13, 23l behind Vik De Beauchene (10-5) at Angers(FR) 2m 3f gs in Feb.
Jennies Jewel (IRE) 5-1 (10-10) Chased leader in 2nd, closer in 3rd halfway, ridden before 3 out and soon no impression on easy winner, moderate 4th when blundered last, last of 4, 32l behind Dunguib (11-3) at Navan 2m 5f hdl G2 (1) hvy in Feb.
Cailin Annamh (IRE) 8-11fav (11-2) Raced in 4th, not fluent 3 out and pushed along approaching straight, good headway on rail to lead before last, soon asserted and kept on well run-in, comfortably, won at Punchestown 2m 2f hdl G3 (1) gd in Oct beating Little King Robin (10-9) by 5l, 6 ran.
Down Ace (IRE) 7-2 (11-2) Chased leaders, went 3rd approaching and hit 2 out, led before last, ridden and narrow advantage when edged left briefly 100 yards out, driven to hold on, won at Taunton 2m 1f (1) hvy in Dec beating Blue Buttons (11-2) by nk, 7 ran.
Doyly Carte 10-3 (11-0) Tracked leaders, ridden before 2 out, soon weakened, 4th of 6, 14l behind Runswick Royal (11-3) at Kelso 2m 2f hdl (2) gs in Feb.
Epee Celeste (FR) 11-2 (9-10) Pressed leader, led 3rd until after 4th, led 5th until next, jumped left 7th, outpaced before 4 out, weakened before last, went 3rd flat, 3rd of 9, 24l behind Carli King (11-12) at Leicester 2m 7f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gs in Feb.
Sirene D'ainay (FR) (10-3) won at Pau(FR) 2m 7f chs sft in Feb, 5 ran.