Mark Player 50th Birthday Fillies' Handicap 1m 3f 135y
- (4yo+, 1m 3f 135y, Class 5, 7 runners)
- Winner £2,588 2nd £770 3rd £385 4th £192
- Going: Good, Good to Firm in places (Watered)
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 2m 28.15s
- Off time: 18:00:28
|1st||2 Mama Quilla||15/8f|
Running Deer (IRE) 38
|4||133 9-7||Sir H R A Cecil||I Mongan||72||7/2|
Mama Quilla (USA) 224
|4||132 9-6||W J Haggas||R Hughes||71||15/8f|
Choral Festival 10
|7||130 9-4||J J Bridger||K T O'Neill||69||5/1|
Panettone (IRE) 210
|4||127 9-1||R Varian||William Twiston-Davies (5)||66||6/1|
The Blue Dog (IRE) 23
|6||125 8-13||P S McEntee||Jim Crowley||64||8/1|
|4||123 8-11 t1||D G Bridgwater||William Carson||62||8/1|
|4||118 8-6 v1||A W Carroll||Kirsty Milczarek||57||25/1|
Mama Quilla scored in soft going over track and trip in October when partnered by Richard Hughes. The latter is on board for her return but a chance goes to RUNNING DEER to prove her latest running all wrong. She disappointed when sent off favourite on her reappearance at Bath last month but this longer trip is expected to suit and Sir Henry Cecil's filly can make amends. Choral Festival is getting closer as she slides back down the weights and better is expected from the German import Danisa as the season goes on. She makes more appeal than the unreliable Panettone and all-weather winner The Blue Dog.
Mama Quilla (USA) 15-8fav (9-7) Led until 8f out, chased clear leader, closed 4f out, led over 3f out, driven along 2f out, stayed on under pressure final furlong, won at Windsor 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) sft in Oct beating Viola Da Gamba (9-0) by 2 1/4l, 8 ran.
Danisa 10-1 (9-0) Mid-division, headway over 4f out, chased leader 2f out until one pace over 1f out, 3rd of 9, 9l behind Irene Kennet (9-0) at Bath 1m 5f fll hcp 0-70 (5) gs.
Running Deer (IRE) 15-8fav (9-1) Took keen hold, chased leaders, pushed along 4f out, weakening when badly hampered well over 1f out, 5th of 8, 11l behind Boonga Roogeta (8-13) at Bath 1m 2f flls hcp 0-80 (4) gs in Apr.
The Blue Dog (IRE) 3-1 (8-7) Tracked leaders, ridden 3f out, weakened 2f out, 4th of 6, 34l behind Moment In Time (8-13) at Doncaster 1m 4f Apprentice Fillies Handicap (0-85) (4yo+) (4) gf.
Panettone (IRE) 9-4 (9-6) Tracked leaders, lost place over 6f out, soon beaten, tailed off, moderate 4th, last of 4, well behind Dorry K (9-7) at Redcar 1m 6f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) hvy in Oct.
Choral Festival 11-2 (9-6) Held up, headway over 2f out, went 3rd over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 3rd of 12, 3 1/2l behind Emman Bee (9-3) at Newbury 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Operettist 12-1 (8-11) Towards rear, never near leaders, 9th of 12, 10l behind April Ciel (9-1) at Chepstow 1m 2f hcp 0-65 (6) gd.