Cheltenham Preview On 9th March Mares' Handicap Hurdle 2m 5f
- (4yo+, 2m 5f, Class 4, 12 runners)
- Winner £2,738 2nd £798 3rd £399
- Going: Good to Soft, Good in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 5m 30.50s
- Off time: 17:15:15
|2nd||11 Marie Deja La||4½||10/1|
|3rd||7 Matrow's Lady||5||4/1f|
|5||166 11-12||Mrs P Robeson||J A McCarthy||102||14/1|
Court Gamble (IRE) 105
|8||165 11-11 t1||N P Mulholland||T Scudamore||101||16/1|
Free Falling 17
|6||165 11-11||Miss S West||M Goldstein (3)||101||10/1|
Twin Bud 28
|7||162 11-8||Miss A M Newton-Smith||Matthew Batchelor||98||12/1|
Madame Jasmine 49
|7||162 11-8||Miss S Smith||Tom Cannon (5)||98||9/2|
Matrow's Lady (IRE) 56
|5||161 11-7 t||N P Mulholland||D C Costello||97||4/1f|
Clyffe Top 75
|5||160 11-6 t1||J G Portman||Charlie Huxley (3)||96||33/1|
|4||159 11-5 b1||Jonjo O'Neill||A P McCoy||105||9/2|
Fifi L'amour (IRE) 42
|6||159 11-5||Mrs L C Jewell||J E Moore||95||16/1|
Marie Deja La (FR) 4
|6||152 10-12 b1||C Gordon||Brendan Powell (5)||88||10/1|
Hill Forts Gloria (IRE) 89
|7||152 10-12 t||J W Mullins||W P Kavanagh (3)||88||8/1|
Romney Marsh 56
|11||148 10-8||R Curtis||Hadden Frost||84||25/1|
||5||1110||N J Henderson||J McGrath||100||NR|
||5||1012||J L Flint||R Flint||88||NR|
||7||10-0||Mrs Caroline Keevil||W P Kavanagh||7/2|
Free Falling won a couple of minor races in the autumn and will be better for a recent run on the Flat. Arctic Actress looked a promising type when scoring comfortably at Doncaster in December but disappointed on a return visit a month later where she didn't jump well. Madame Jasmine scored over 3m2f here last March and this looks on the short side while Matrow's Lady couldn't cope with a 7lb rise at Folkestone after her victory at Fontwell. SCHISM scored at Leicester in December under AP McCoy who hasn't been on board for the filly's two poor subsequent runs. The champion takes the ride again and his mount can return to winning ways.
Arctic Actress 9-2 (10-12) Held up mid-division, headway before 3 out, kept on same pace, 4th of 11, 11l behind Corkage (11-12) at Doncaster 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Jan.
Western Kate (IRE) 100-1 (11-3) Led, ridden and headed approaching 7th, weakened before 3 out, tailed off, 8th of 12, well behind Lights Of Broadway (11-3) at Taunton 2m 3f mares NH nov hdl (4) gs in Jan.
Schism 20-1 (10-7) Held up towards rear, not fluent and reminder 1st, not much room after 5th, well beaten 3 out, 9th of 11, 35l behind Loose Chips (11-4) at Towcester 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Jan.
Marie Deja La (FR) 6-1 (11-2) Chased leaders, ridden before 3rd, behind from next, tailed off, 7th of 10, 29l behind Vivarini (11-0) at Lingfield 2m sell hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs.
Matrow's Lady (IRE) 6-4fav (11-2) Tracked winner, led 2nd, hit 3 out, headed 2 out, no chance with winner, 2nd of 4, 14l behind Mangonel (11-4) at Folkestone 2m 1f mares nov hcp hdl 0-100 (4) hvy in Jan.
Fifi L'amour (IRE) 50-1 (11-3) Settled towards rear, headway approaching 3 out, soon chasing leaders, left in lead when hampered last, soon headed and no extra, 3rd of 11, 6l behind One More Cookie (11-3) at Plumpton 2m 5f mares NH nov hdl (4) gs in Jan.
Madame Jasmine 10-1 (10-1) Held up towards rear on outside, took keen hold, headway after 7th, not fluent 3 out, not fluent, slightly hampered and stumbled 2 out, no extra when hit last, 6th of 10, 14l behind Carrickmines (11-3) at Taunton 3m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Jan.
Romney Marsh 25-1 (11-5) Held up, headway after 5th, pecked next, outpaced from 9th, modest 4th after 3 out, 4th of 10, 37l behind Oscar Charlie (10-0) at Plumpton 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) hvy in Jan.
Twin Bud 9-1 (10-10) Raced wide in rear, headway on outside approaching 3 out, went 3rd soon after 3 out, plugged on, no chance with leading duo, 3rd of 9, 15l behind Storm Survivor (10-13) at Plumpton 3m 1f cond hcp hdl 0-1115 (4) gs in Jan.
Free Falling 50-1 (10-4) Prominent, ridden over 3f out, ridden and losing place when not much room over 2f out, 12th of 16, 12l behind Secret Tune (11-0) at Kempton 2m n h flat (6) std.
Hill Forts Gloria (IRE) 9-1 (11-2) Took keen hold, behind, struggling 10th, tailed off when blundered 3 out and pulled up, in a race won by Glebehall Bay (11-11) at Hereford 3m 1f nov hcp chs 0-95 (5) gs in Nov, 11 ran.
Court Gamble (IRE) 11-2 (11-8) With leaders and wide, led after 4 out, headed 3 out, weakened before 2 out, soon pulled up, in a race won by Accordingtoeileen (11-8) at Leicester 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Nov, 9 ran.
Honeycreeper 25-1 (10-5) Pressed leader, led 6th, headed next, not fluent 2 out, weakened before next, 5th of 11, 45l behind Miss Milborne (10-11) at Towcester 3m nov hdl (4) sft in Jan.
Clyffe Top 150-1 (10-5) Held up, not fluent 1st, behind when mistake 7th, tailed off when pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Broadbackbob (11-5) at Newbury 2m 3f NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) sft in Dec, 14 ran.