Riding Mares' Maiden Hurdle 3m
- (5yo+, 3m, Class 5, 8 runners)
- Winner £2,395 2nd £698 3rd £349
- Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 6m 12.40s
- Off time: 16:00:52
|1st||1 Bespoke Lady||9/4|
|2nd||5 Nosey Box||7||5/1|
|3rd||8 Waltz Legend||1½||15/8f|
Bespoke Lady (IRE) 34
|5||152 10-12||D McCain Jnr||A P McCoy||9/4|
Castle Goer (IRE) 23
|5||152 10-12 p1||B Arthey||P Buchanan||33/1|
Midnight Streaker 34
|5||152 10-12||B Arthey||P J Brennan||97||11/2|
Mrs Grass 17
|7||152 10-12||J C Haynes||Henry Brooke (5)||69||100/1|
Nosey Box (IRE) 54
|8||152 10-12 bt||N C Kelly||D R Fox (5)||105||5/1|
Sheilas Lady 32
|6||152 10-12||A Crook||B Hughes||9/1|
Tara Springs 24
|5||152 10-12 t1||F P Murtagh||Brian Harding||80/1|
Waltz Legend (IRE) 23
|8||152 10-12 t||L Lennon||G B Watters (7)||15/8f|
Hidden Horizons (IRE)
||7||10-12||S R B Crawford||P Buchanan||3/1|
Bespoke Lady is sure to be popular for McCain and McCoy with the mare asked to travel three miles on her hurdling debut. However, she features a solid second in a three mile point-to-point on her record and seems sure to go close in what looks a modest affair on paper. Midnight Streaker looks the stronger of the Benjamin Arthey pair and should be in the mix, whilst Irish challenger, Waltz Legend, also boasts reasonable each-way claims. Fellow Irish raider, NOSEY BOX, looks to have stronger ammunition to fire though and Noel Kelly's charge rates the value option. Disappointing at Punchestown last time in a better race, previous runner-up efforts at Ayr and Newcastle read well enough in the context of this contest and hopefully the first-time application of a tongue tie and blinkers will aid her cause further.
Bespoke Lady (IRE) 8-13fav (11-0) Raced wide, chased winner throughout, pushed along 4f out, soon no impression, hung left and one pace under pressure final 2f, 2nd of 5, 9l behind Jennys Melody (11-0) at Sedgefield 2m 1f mares n h flat (6) gs in Mar.
Nosey Box (IRE) 7-1 (10-8) Mid-division, ridden and no impression 3 out, weakened, 8th of 15, 45l behind Rock's Field (10-11) at Punchestown 2m 6f mares mdn hdl hvy in Feb.
Waltz Legend (IRE) 16-1 (11-7) Chased leader, moderate 5th 5 out, no impression early straight, kept on one pace, 5th of 10, 12l behind Kates Benefit (11-7) at Gowran Park 2m 2f mrs beg chs hvy in Mar.
Sheilas Lady 16-1 (10-6) Tracked leader, led 6th, headed before 2 out, every chance last, no extra run-in, 4th of 14, 2 1/4l behind Bop Along (10-11) at Hexham 2m 4f NH mdn hdl (5) gs in Mar.
Midnight Streaker 11-4 (10-12) Prominent, led after 1st, hit 5th, ridden and headed 2 out, soon no chance with easy winner, kept on for 2nd, 2nd of 7, 11l behind Maison De Ville (11-5) at Sedgefield 2m 4f mrs nov hdl (4) gs in Mar.
Mrs Grass 18-1 (10-0) Held up towards rear, not fluent 8th, modest headway 4 out, soon weakened, 6th of 9, 47l behind Bollin Julie (10-1) at Newcastle 3m cnd nov hcp hdl (5) sft in Mar.
Castle Goer (IRE) 6-1 (11-11) Made most, disp 2out, rdn to 1l ld last, ko best, won at Maralin 3m ire ptp hvy in Mar beating Subbys Daughter (11-11) by 5l, 11 ran.
Tara Springs 200-1 (10-7) Towards rear, struggling from 3rd, pulled up before 4 out, tailed off, in a race won by Dark Dune (11-6) at Sedgefield 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Mar, 9 ran.