OLBG Mares' Hurdle (Listed) 3m 110y
- (4yo+, 3m 110y, Class 1, 8 runners)
- Winner £10,536 2nd £3,953 3rd £1,980 4th £986 5th £496 6th £248
- Going: Soft
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 6m 31.80s
- Off time: 14:05:45
|2nd||8 Miss Milborne||2½||9/2|
|3rd||3 Alpine Breeze||4||25/1|
Kells Belle (IRE) 221
|6||160 11-6||N J Henderson||B J Geraghty||148||7/4f|
Alpine Breeze (IRE) 15
|6||152 10-12||D E Cantillon||Timmy Murphy||125||25/1|
Annimation (IRE) 17
|8||152 10-12 t||J W Mullins||D A Jacob||109||66/1|
Baby Shine (IRE) 23
|6||152 10-12||Mrs L Wadham||L P Aspell||133||6/1|
|7||152 10-12||K C Bailey||J M Maguire||132||6/1|
Knockfierna (IRE) 11
|7||152 10-12||C Byrnes||D N Russell||139||11/4|
Miss Milborne 16
|6||152 10-12||Jamie Snowden||Harry Skelton||135||9/2|
Wild Rhubarb 24
|7||152 10-12 v||Jonjo O'Neill||A P McCoy||117||33/1|
||8||116||P R Webber||D Elsworth||138||NR|
Whoops A Daisy
||5||10-12||N J Henderson||B J Geraghty||7/2|
Alasi finished more than six lengths ahead of BABY SHINE over 2m at Wetherby last month and the pair meet again on identical terms. However, Lucy Wadham's six-year-old should be suited by 3m around here and can have her revenge. She's the one to beat on her third to Simonsig in a Grade 1 at Aintree in April. Knockfierna races over hurdles for the first time since May last year but she wouldn't be without a chance on her best form while Miss Milbourne is an improving sort who has already won over the trip. Kells Belle beat Kaffie and Annimation at Sandown in January but is no certainty to confirm the form on worse terms with Kim Bailey's mare and lacks a recent run. Alpine Breeze and Wild Rhubarb may be out of their depth in this company.
Alasi 5-1 (11-6) Held up in touch, ridden and headway after 2 out, chased winner after last, kept on, 2nd of 6, 2 1/2l behind Une Artiste (11-6) at Wetherby 2m mrs lst hdl (1) gs.
Knockfierna (IRE) 5-2 (11-5) Mid-division, hampered and dropped to rear 5 out, soon no impression, kept on one pace from before straight, 6th of 10, 25l behind Tarla (10-7) at Clonmel 2m 4f mares chs Grd 3 (1) sft.
Miss Milborne 13-2 (11-6) Tracked leaders, led approaching last, stayed on gamely, won at Wincanton 2m 6f mrs hcp hdl (2) gs beating Prima Porta (10-9) by 2l, 10 ran.
Alpine Breeze (IRE) 3-1fav (11-7) Raced wide, close up when rider lost iron and was nearly unseated first, soon recovered, challenged and every chance 2 out, ridden next, driven and stayed on to join winner post, won at Market Rasen 2m 6f nov hcp chs 0-135 (3) gs deadheating with Brass Tax (11-9), 7 ran.
Kaffie 13-8fav (11-0) Chased leader, led and quickened pace 4th, clear from next, still over 4 lengths ahead 2 out, reduced lead and driven before last, no extra and headed flat, 2nd of 6, 1 3/4l behind Kells Belle (11-0) at Sandown 2m 4f mrs lst hdl (1) sft in Jan.
Baby Shine (IRE) 6-4fav (10-12) With leader, challenged 3 out, every chance 2 out, weakened before last, 4th of 6, 9l behind Une Artiste (11-6) at Wetherby 2m mrs lst hdl (1) gs.
Kells Belle (IRE) 8-1 (11-10) Held up in touch in mid-division, closed 7th, led last, soon clear, easily, won at Cheltenham 2m 5f mrs lst hdl (1) sft in Apr beating Francesa (9-9) by 5l, 11 ran.
Annimation (IRE) 6-4fav (11-0) Led until 5th, prominent, ridden after 4 out, weakened approaching 3 out, pulled up before last, in a race won by Rydalis (11-0) at Fontwell 2m 6f Mares Beginners Chase (0-110) (4yo+) (4) gs, 7 ran.
Wild Rhubarb 11-4 (11-5) Tracked leaders, went 2nd when not fluent 3 out, driven and 2 1/2 lengths down when flattened last, no impression after, 2nd of 6, 8l behind Grassfinch (11-8) at Uttoxeter 3m mrs hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft.