OLBG.com Mares' Hurdle (Registered As The Warfield Mares' Hurdle) (Grade 2) 3m

  • (4yo+, 3m, Class 1, 6 runners)
  • Winner £22,780 2nd £8,548 3rd £4,280 4th £2,132 5th £1,072 6th £536
  • Going: Heavy
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 7m 17.50s
  • Off time: 13:50:20
Full result
Result 13:50 Ascot
Pos Horse Distance/th> Odds
1st 2 Highland Retreat 5/1
2nd 1 Carole's Spirit 2 3/1

Racecard

# Form Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Naps SP
1 123-111
Purple and Yellow diabolo, Yellow sleeves and cap Carole's Spirit 28
  • T:R Walford
  • J:L Aspell
  • Form: 123-111
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-5
  • OR: 137
  • Naps:
6 159 11-5 R Walford L Aspell 137 3/1
2 2313-11
Dark Green, Light Green sleeves, Dark Green cap, Light Green spots Highland Retreat 54
  • T:H Fry
  • J:N Fehily
  • Form: 2313-11
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-5
  • OR: 133
  • Naps:
7 159 11-5 H Fry N Fehily 133 5/1
3 59-0413
Pink, light blue diamond and sleeves Tweedledrum 28
  • T:T Symonds
  • J:Benjamin Poste
  • Form: 59-0413
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-5p
  • OR: 125
  • Naps:
7 159 11-5 p T Symonds Benjamin Poste 125 50/1
4 21-4254
Emerald Green, Dark Green sleeves, Dark Green and Emerald Green quartered cap Utopie Des Bordes (FR) 22
  • T:N J Henderson
  • J:D Bass
  • Form: 21-4254
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-5
  • OR: 140
  • Naps:
6 159 11-5 N J Henderson D Bass 140 5/1
5 1P-U511
Royal Blue, White sleeves, Red cap Mickie 22
  • T:H D Daly
  • J:R Johnson
  • Form: 1P-U511
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-0
  • OR: 145
  • Naps:
6 154 11-0 H D Daly R Johnson 145 11/8f
6 2160-24
Dark Blue, Yellow star, hooped sleeves and star on cap Prima Porta 7
  • T:Evan Williams
  • J:Adam Wedge
  • Form: 2160-24
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 11-0
  • OR: 136
  • Naps:
8 154 11-0 Evan Williams Adam Wedge 136 12/1

In depth

Verdict

Utopie Des Bordes finished a long way behind MICKIE at Kempton over Christmas. She's only a couple of pounds better off here and will struggle to turn the tables on Henry Daly's mare, who is a thorough stayer and should handle conditions. The selection did finish behind Highland Retreat, as did Utopie Des Bordes, over 2m6f at Wincanton in November but is 9lb better off now and can complete the hat-trick. Carole's Spirit is still improving judged on her latest victory in a Listed hurdle at Haydock. This will be her first try over 3m but she's tough and should stay. Tweedledrum had no chance in the Long Walk Hurdle last time and faces a stiff task in the weights again today while the trip may be a problem for Prima Porta, who has yet to recapture last season's form.

Formwatch

Highland Retreat 4-7fav (10-12) Led, ridden and in command between last 2, 3 lengths ahead when went left and blundered last, soon pressed, edged left and stayed on under pressure flat, held on gamely, won at Kempton 3m mrs hdl (listed) (4yo+) (1) gd in Nov beating Weather Babe (10-12) by 1l, 5 ran.

Carole's Spirit 2-1fav (11-0) Chased leaders, ridden to challenge 3 out, stayed on under pressure to lead after last, stayed on well, won at Haydock 2m 4f mares listed nov hdl (1) sft in Dec beating As I Am (11-5) by 2 1/2l, 8 ran.

Mickie 5-2fav (11-5) Held up in last pair, not much room bend after 4th, headway approaching 4 out, led 3 out, went left 2 out, joined when went left and bumped last, stayed on to assert run-in, won at Kempton 3m mrs hcp hdl (2) sft in Dec beating Cannon Fodder (10-4) by 1l, 8 ran.

Prima Porta 4-1 (11-0) Held up in touch, outpaced after 3 out, ran on flat, unable to trouble leaders, 4th of 7, 3 1/2l behind Glens Melody (11-8) at Warwick 2m 3f mrs lst hdl (1) hvy.

Utopie Des Bordes (FR) 3-1 (11-7) Chased leading pair, pushed along and outpaced well before 2 out, no extra in 4th approaching 2 out, 4th of 8, 25l behind Mickie (11-5) at Kempton 3m mrs hcp hdl (2) sft in Dec.

Tweedledrum 100-1 (11-0) Held up in 4th, hit 7th, dropped to rear next, left poor 3rd at the last, tailed off, 3rd of 5, 47l behind Reve De Sivola (11-7) at Ascot 3m 1f hdl G1 (1) sft in Dec.