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
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 4m 44.40s
  • Off time: 16:00:35
Full result
Result 16:00 Cheltenham
Pos Horse Distance/th> Odds
1st 9 Quevega 8/11f
2nd 5 Glens Melody ¾ 14/1
3rd 8 L'unique ¾ 25/1

Racecard

# Form Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Naps SP
1 121111
Light blue, dark blue star and sleeves, dark blue cap, light blue star Cailin Annamh (IRE) 145
  • T:Mrs J Harrington
  • J:B J Geraghty
  • Form: 121111
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-5t
  • OR: 139
  • Naps:
6 159 11-5 t Mrs J Harrington B J Geraghty 139 10/1
2 211-12F
Purple and pink diamonds, pink sleeves, purple diamonds, purple cap Cockney Sparrow 45
  • T:J J Quinn
  • J:A P McCoy
  • Form: 211-12F
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-5
  • OR: 145
  • Naps:
5 159 11-5 J J Quinn A P McCoy 145 8/1
3 11-1111
White, red diamond, red and white diabolo on sleeves, emerald green cap Down Ace (IRE) 71
  • T:F M O'Brien
  • J:D F O'Regan
  • Form: 11-1111
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-5
  • OR: 128
  • Naps:
7 159 11-5 F M O'Brien D F O'Regan 128 20/1
4 31-5224
WHITE, large BLACK spots, BLACK cap Doyly Carte 26
  • T:D McCain Jnr
  • J:Henry Brooke
  • Form: 31-5224
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-5
  • OR: 138
  • Naps:
6 159 11-5 D McCain Jnr Henry Brooke 138 40/1
5 21-1311
YELLOW and BLACK CHEVRONS, yellow sleeves, white and black striped cap Glens Melody (IRE) 31
  • T:W P Mullins
  • J:P Townend
  • Form: 21-1311
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-5
  • OR: 142
  • Naps:
6 159 11-5 W P Mullins P Townend 142 14/1
6 313-111
Dark Green, Light Green sleeves, Dark Green cap, Light Green spots Highland Retreat 52
  • T:H Fry
  • J:N Fehily
  • Form: 313-111
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-5
  • OR: 144
  • Naps:
7 159 11-5 H Fry N Fehily 144 14/1
7 231324
Royal blue, black disc, black sleeves, royal blue armlets, white and black quartered cap Jennies Jewel (IRE) 23
  • T:J P Fahey
  • J:I J McCarthy
  • Form: 231324
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-5
  • OR: 139
  • Naps:
7 159 11-5 J P Fahey I J McCarthy 139 50/1
8 131-603
Red, white hoops and armlets, hooped cap L'unique (FR) 31
  • T:A King
  • J:R Thornton
  • Form: 131-603
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-5
  • OR: 135
  • Naps:
5 159 11-5 A King R Thornton 135 25/1
9 1111/11-
RED, royal blue sleeves, red cap, royal blue star Quevega (FR) 320
  • T:W P Mullins
  • J:R Walsh
  • Form: 1111/11-
  • Age: 10
  • Weight: 11-5
  • OR: 167
  • Naps:
10 159 11-5 W P Mullins R Walsh 167 8/11f
10 002221
Orange and black check, diabolo on sleeves Sirene D'ainay (FR) 37
  • T:E Clayeux
  • J:D Cottin
  • Form: 002221
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 11-5t
  • OR: 141
  • Naps:
8 159 11-5 t E Clayeux D Cottin 141 11/1
11 511454
Red, yellow seams, Black cap Uddy (FR) 27
  • T:A Couetil
  • J:H Terrien
  • Form: 511454
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-5
  • OR: 125
  • Naps:
6 159 11-5 A Couetil H Terrien 125 66/1
12 6P4513
Yellow, Emerald Green cross belts, Emerald Green sleeves, Yellow armlets, quartered cap Epee Celeste (FR) 14
  • T:M C Chapman
  • J:Joseph Cornwall
  • Form: 6P4513
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 11-0b
  • OR: 86
  • Naps:
8 154 11-0 b M C Chapman Joseph Cornwall 86 200/1
13 18-1134
Mauve and dark blue stripes, dark blue sleeves, mauve stars, dark blue cap, mauve star Hidden Identity (IRE) 31
  • T:Tim Vaughan
  • J:R Johnson
  • Form: 18-1134
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 11-0
  • OR: 135
  • Naps:
8 154 11-0 Tim Vaughan R Johnson 135 66/1
14 223324
Royal blue and yellow (halved), sleeves reversed, yellow cap, royal blue stars Little King Robin (IRE) 130
  • T:C Bowe
  • J:M P Walsh
  • Form: 223324
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-0t
  • OR: 124
  • Naps:
6 154 11-0 t C Bowe M P Walsh 124 100/1
15 532141
Yellow, Emerald Green diamond on body and cap, Yellow sleeves, Emerald Green seams Pass The Time 11
  • T:N P Mulholland
  • J:D A Jacob
  • Form: 532141
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-0p
  • OR: 127
  • Naps:
5 154 11-0 p N P Mulholland D A Jacob 127 100/1
16 132612
Yellow, Dark Green seams, Yellow cap, Dark Green spots Top Totti 34
  • T:H D Daly
  • J:Jake Greenall
  • Form: 132612
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-0
  • OR: 132
  • Naps:
6 154 11-0 H D Daly Jake Greenall 132 66/1

Race History

Race History
Year Draw Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey SP
2013   Quevega (FR)
  • T:W P Mullins
  • J:R Walsh
9 11-5 W P Mullins R Walsh 8/11
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In depth

Verdict

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.

Formwatch

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.