At The Races Virgin 534 Mares' Handicap Hurdle 2m 5f
- (4yo+, 2m 5f, Class 4, 12 runners)
- Winner £3,422 2nd £998 3rd £499
- Going: Soft, Good to Soft in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 5m 24.50s
- Off time: 16:40:50
|1st||8 Midnight Lira||4/1f|
|2nd||11 Southway Queen||s.h||10/1|
|3rd||3 Old Dreams||11||6/1|
Romney Marsh 50
|12||164 11-10||R Curtis||Mr F Tett (7)||100||16/1|
Old Dreams (IRE) 17
|7||164 11-10 t1||N J Gifford||A P McCoy||100||6/1|
Egretta Island (IRE) 26
|7||164 11-10||W Greatrex||J M Maguire||100||8/1|
Lady From Geneva 18
|6||162 11-8||B G Powell||Brendan Powell (3)||98||9/2|
Marie Deja La (FR) 41
|7||157 11-3 b||C Gordon||Tom Cannon (3)||93||12/1|
Brunette'sonly (IRE) 50
|8||154 11-0||J W Mullins||A Thornton||90||16/1|
Midnight Lira 49
|6||154 11-0||Mrs Caroline Keevil||Ian Popham (3)||90||4/1f|
|10||152 10-12||P Hide||L P Aspell||88||66/1|
Petrarchick (USA) 47
|6||143 10-3 t||Miss E Baker||James Banks (7)||79||16/1|
Southway Queen 61
|9||143 10-3 t||Mrs S Gardner||P E Corbett (7)||79||10/1|
Little Roxy (IRE) 42
|8||140 10-0||Miss A M Newton-Smith||Adam Wedge (3)||76||6/1|
The Saucy Snipe 70
|7||140 10-0||D O'Brien||Thomas Garner (7)||68||20/1|
||6||1112||T Symonds||Benjamin Poste||102||NR|
||4||11-5||Jonjo O'Neill||A P McCoy||9/2|
Romney Marsh knows where the winning post is here, as she proved over course and distance last month. Roger Curtis' mare is unlikely to be far away again while Midnight Belle won at Ludlow before finishing third at Taunton and can't be ignored under a decent 7lb claimer. Old Dreams would also have a chance on her best form while a case could be made for Lady From Geneva and Marie Deja La but Egretta Island appears to have lost her way. MIDNIGHT LIRA is still a maiden but she was beaten less than five lengths by the in-form Jupiter Rex at Taunton last time and a repeat of that run would put her back in the firing-line here. Little Roxy often makes the frame but usually at a lower level than this.
Midnight Belle 2-1fav (11-12) Behind, headway 4 out, soon chasing leaders, driven to challenge 2 out, weakening when mistake last, 3rd of 10, 22l behind Tarabela (11-8) at Taunton 3m mrs hcp hdl (5) hvy.
Midnight Lira 14-1 (11-9) Held up in touch in rear, ridden after 3 out, every chance after last, one pace final 150 yards, 3rd of 7, 4 1/2l behind Jupiter Rex (11-8) at Taunton 3m hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft in Jan.
Southway Queen 33-1 (10-5) Held up in touch, ridden 3 out, soon outpaced, 4th of 5, 39l behind Ballinahow Star (11-3) at Wincanton 2m mrs nov hdl (4) hvy in Dec.
Old Dreams (IRE) 33-1 (11-9) In touch, headway approaching 4 out, every chance 3 out, ridden and weakened well before next, tailed off, 11th of 18, well behind Farbreaga (11-5) at Kempton 2m 5f nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gs.
Little Roxy (IRE) 2-1fav (9-13) Chased leaders, driven and stayed on same pace in 3rd from 3 out, 3rd of 8, 4 1/2l behind Goochypoochyprader (10-0) at Plumpton 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in Jan.
The Saucy Snipe 50-1 (9-7) In rear, ridden and slightly outpaced 3 out, headway when hit next, kept on one pace, 4th of 7, 4l behind Thunderstorm (11-9) at Plumpton 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in Dec.
Lady From Geneva 16-1 (10-11) Prominent, hit 3 out, outpaced by leaders from 2 out, stayed on same pace, 4th of 17, 9l behind Seymour Eric (11-9) at Huntingdon 3m 2f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs.
Romney Marsh 12-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, outpaced and lost place before 9th, headway 3 out, led before 2 out, clear before last, won at Plumpton 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft in Jan beating Marble Walk (11-12) by 7l, 9 ran.
Egretta Island (IRE) 7-1 (11-12) Chased leader until 2nd, chased leaders, went 2nd again approaching 8th until ridden well before 3 out, weakened quickly and pulled up approaching 3 out, in a race won by Midnight Belle (10-6) at Ludlow 2m 5f mrs hcp hdl (0-105) (4) sft in Jan, 11 ran.
Petrarchick (USA) 80-1 (10-5) Chased leading pair, ridden and lost 3rd at 11th, weakened after next, tailed off when pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Valmari (10-11) at Ludlow 2m 4f mrs nov chs (5yo+) (4) sft in Jan, 10 ran.
Brunette'sonly (IRE) 12-1 (9-12) Chased leaders in 4th, weakened from 10th, tailed off before 15th, pulled up before next, in a race won by Well Refreshed (11-1) at Plumpton 3m 5f hcp chs 0-130 (3) sft in Jan, 12 ran.
Jordan 28-1 (11-4) In touch, lost place after 7th, behind when pulled up 3 out, in a race won by Tarabela (11-8) at Taunton 3m mrs hcp hdl (5) hvy, 10 ran.
Marie Deja La (FR) 6-1 (11-3) Held up in rear, pushed along and struggling after 6th, went poor 4th flat, tailed off, 4th of 8, 39l behind Killimore Cottage (11-2) at Lingfield 2m 7f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in Jan.