Country Gentlemen's Association Jane Seymour Mares' Novices' Hurdle (Listed) 2m 4f
- (4yo+, 2m 4f, Class 1, 7 runners)
- Winner £11,390 2nd £4,274 3rd £2,140 4th £1,066 5th £536 6th £268
- Going: Heavy
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 5m 17.70s
- Off time: 13:55:13
|2nd||2 Cannon Fodder||4½||15/2|
Blue Buttons (IRE) 47
|6||156 11-2 t||H Fry||Brendan Powell||126||3/1|
Cannon Fodder 22
|7||156 11-2||Miss S West||M Goldstein||129||15/2|
Clara Peggotty 14
|7||156 11-2||T R Gretton||D Bass||100/1|
Molly's A Diva 46
|7||156 11-2||K C Bailey||Nick Scholfield||115||5/1|
Tagrita (IRE) 16
|6||156 11-2||P F Nicholls||D A Jacob||125||11/4f|
The Pirate's Queen (IRE) 77
|5||156 11-2||A King||W Hutchinson||3/1|
Woodland Walk 58
|6||156 11-2||Miss E C Lavelle||R P Mclernon||115||25/1|
Tagrita followed up her maiden win at Exeter by scoring over a longer trip here last month when long odds-on. She's heading in the right direction and The Pirate's Queen was second in this grade at Newbury in November, though will have to prove she stays this far. BLUE BUTTONS appears to have the beating of The Pirate's Queen on a line through Exeter scorer Centasia and went down with all guns blazing against Down Ace at Taunton subsequently. That looks decent form so Harry Fry's mare gets the vote here as she's already beaten Woodland Walk and Molly's A Diva this season while Cannon Fodder is thoroughly exposed.
Tagrita (IRE) 1-3fav (11-6) Jumped well, made all, clear before 2 out, never came off the bridle, unchallenged, won at Wincanton 2m 6f nov hdl (4) sft in Jan beating Brantingham Breeze (10-4) by 3 1/2l, 6 ran.
Cannon Fodder 9-1 (11-7) Led after 1st, ridden and headed when mistake 2 out, one pace, 4th of 9, 9l behind Josies Orders (10-8) at Huntingdon 3m 2f hcp hdl (2) hvy in Jan.
Molly's A Diva 9-2 (10-12) Took keen hold early and soon held up in rear, hit 4 out, headway approaching 3 out, chased leading pair before 2 out, went 2nd last, strong run flat, joined leader post, won at Warwick 2m 5f mares NH nov hdl (4) sft in Dec deadheating with Tickity Bleue (10-12), 6 ran.
The Pirate's Queen (IRE) 12-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, good headway on inside to chase leaders 3 out, went 2nd before next, pushed along in well held 4 lengths 2nd when blundered last, no chance with winner, stayed on for 2nd, 2nd of 6, 9l behind As I Am (11-0) at Newbury 2m mares listed nov hdl (1) sft in Nov.
Woodland Walk 5-1 (10-13) Hampered 1st, took keen hold chasing leaders, pushed along before 3 out, kept on same pace from next, 4th of 14, 18l behind Blue Buttons (10-10) at Exeter 2m 3f mrs nov hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Clara Peggotty 50-1 (11-0) Tracked leader, led after 4 out, headed next, ridden 2 out, kept on same pace, no chance with winner before last, 2nd of 5, 13l behind Aurore D'estruval (10-4) at Wetherby 2m mrs nov hdl (4) hvy.
Blue Buttons (IRE) 7-2 (11-2) Chased leader until 3 out, chased leading pair, went 2nd again before 2 out, ridden and upsides last, every chance under pressure flat, just held, 2nd of 7, nk behind Down Ace (11-2) at Taunton 2m 1f (1) hvy in Dec.