Thoroughbred Breeders' Association Mares' Novices' Hurdle (Listed) 2m 1f
- (4yo+, 2m 1f, Class 1, 9 runners)
- Winner £11,888 2nd £4,452 3rd £2,224 4th £1,110
- Going: Good
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 4m 8.10s
- Off time: 14:05:41
|1st||1 As I Am||7/2|
|2nd||6 Emily Gray||3||7/1|
|3rd||11 The Pirate's Queen||11||9/4f|
As I Am (IRE) 108
|6||157 11-3||D E Cantillon||Conor Shoemark||139||7/2|
Gambling Girl 111
|5||157 11-3||Mrs J Harrington||R M Power||130||14/1|
Roja Dove (IRE) 48
|5||155 11-1 h||N B King||Trevor Whelan||121||50/1|
Run Ructions Run (IRE) 26
|5||155 11-1 p||T D Easterby||D C Costello||133||9/2|
Cloudante (IRE) 51
|6||152 10-12||D McCain Jnr||N Fehily||128||12/1|
Emily Gray (IRE) 32
|6||152 10-12||T E Hyde||B J Geraghty||127||7/1|
Free Thinking 48
|6||152 10-12||N J Henderson||Mr S Waley-Cohen||125||8/1|
Norfolk Sky 23
|5||152 10-12||B Barr||D Crosse||118||33/1|
The Pirate's Queen (IRE) 26
|5||152 10-12||A King||R Thornton||134||9/4f|
||6||1012||M Keighley||Ian Popham||129||NR|
||7||1012 v||K C Bailey||Nick Scholfield||119||NR|
||5||10-12||D McCain Jnr||J M Maguire||13/2|
As I Am beat The Pirate's Queen by nine lengths in this grade at Newbury in November when Free Thinking was a well-beaten last of six. Don Cantillon's mare is 5lb worse off now and hasn't raced since the end of December but should still confirm the form. Cloudante has won three of her four starts under Rules but is upped in class here while Run Runctions Run's victory in a valuable event at Newbury came over an extra half-mile and she only had a short-head to spare over The Pirate's Queen, who is 5lb better off. Emily Gray was well beaten in a Grade 3 last time and we're giving another chance to the less-exposed FLEMENTIME. She travelled strongly for a long way at Exeter last time but a big weight found her out in the end. The drop in distance might suit on this stiff course.
Flementime (IRE) 11-4fav (11-12) Led and disputed, narrowly headed before 3rd, led again next, clear after 3 out, 3 lengths ahead but tiring last, no extra and headed final 120 yards, 2nd of 7, 2 1/4l behind Midnight Belle (11-6) at Exeter 2m 3f (3) sft in Feb.
Molly's A Diva 16-1 (10-4) Held up in rear, headway approaching 3 out, went modest 4th and went right last, 4th of 13, 11l behind Run Ructions Run (10-7) at Newbury 2m 5f mares nov hcp hdl Listed (1) gs in Mar.
As I Am (IRE) Evensfav (11-7) Jumped left, kept slight advantage when joined after 3 out, hung right and headed before 2 out, ridden and headed before last, dropped to 3rd and blundered last, weakened flat, 3rd of 7, 11l behind Down Ace (11-2) at Taunton 2m 1f (1) hvy in Dec.
Emily Gray (IRE) 7-1 (11-5) Soon tracked leaders, closer in 2nd before straight, dropped to 5th and no impression from before last, kept on one pace, 5th of 8, 8l behind Katie T (10-12) at Limerick 2m mrs nov hdl G3 (1) hvy in Mar.
The Pirate's Queen (IRE) 13-2 (10-9) Held up towards rear, headway after 4 out, went 2nd before 3 out, led 2 out, joined last, soon driven, headed close home, rallied, just failed, 2nd of 13, shd behind Run Ructions Run (10-7) at Newbury 2m 5f mares nov hcp hdl Listed (1) gs in Mar.
Norfolk Sky 5-1 (11-0) Led from 1st, soon headed, led again 2nd, clear from 4 out, clear when blundered last, kept on well, won at Fontwell 2m 2f mdn hdl (4) gs in Mar beating Bow Quest (11-0) by 17l, 12 ran.
Run Ructions Run (IRE) 11-2fav (10-7) Took keen hold in touch, hit 4 out, chased leaders next, went 2nd between last 2, upsides last, wandered under pressure run-in, stayed on to lead close home, just held on, won at Newbury 2m 5f mares nov hcp hdl Listed (1) gs in Mar beating The Pirate's Queen (10-9) by shd, 13 ran.
Cloudante (IRE) 1-7fav (11-6) Made all, joined 3 out, driven clear next, easily, won at Catterick 2m 3f mrs nov hdl (4) gs in Feb beating Miss Mohawk (11-0) by 6l, 9 ran.
Free Thinking 4-5fav (11-2) Tracked leaders, led when mistake 3 out, headed narrowly after next, every chance last, soon ridden, not pace of winner flat, 2nd of 6, 4l behind Bull And Bush (10-12) at Doncaster 2m 3f mares NH nov hdl (4) gd in Feb.
Roja Dove (IRE) 13-2 (11-7) Led to 4th, tracked leader, driven after 4 out, kept on and every chance 2 out, 3rd and one pace when fell last, in a race won by Pass The Time (11-12) at Doncaster 2m mares hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in Feb, 9 ran.
Gambling Girl 16-1 (11-0) In rear, no extra and dropped behind approaching 2 out, pulled up before last, in a race won by The Tullow Tank (11-10) at Leopardstown 2m nov hdl Grade 1 (1) sft in Dec, 7 ran.