Thoroughbred Breeders' Association Mares' Novices' Hurdle (Listed) 2m 110y

  • (4yo+, 2m 110y, Class 1, 6 runners)
  • Winner £11,888 2nd £4,452 3rd £2,224 4th £1,110
  • Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 3m 55.35s
  • Off time: 12:20:19
Full result
Result 12:20 Newbury
Pos Horse Distance/th> Odds
1st 1 As I Am 11/2
2nd 5 The Pirate's Queen 9 12/1

Racecard

# Form Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Naps SP
1 411113
Pink, black spots, black sleeves, pink armlets, white cap As I Am (IRE) 21
  • T:D E Cantillon
  • J:Conor Shoemark
  • Form: 411113
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-0
  • OR: 133
  • Naps:
5 154 11-0 D E Cantillon Conor Shoemark 133 11/2
2 1/4210-1
Black, Orange diamond, White sleeves, Black cap, Orange star Brijomi Queen (IRE) 23
  • T:N G Richards
  • J:N Fehily
  • Form: 1/4210-1
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-0
  • OR:
  • Naps:
6 154 11-0 N G Richards N Fehily 33/1
3 1130-1
Brown, Orange sleeves, quartered cap Free Thinking 16
  • T:N J Henderson
  • J:Mr S Waley-Cohen
  • Form: 1130-1
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-0
  • OR:
  • Naps:
5 154 11-0 N J Henderson Mr S Waley-Cohen 7/2
4 121119
LIGHT BLUE, DARK BLUE Cross of Lorraine, hooped sleeves, striped cap Rosie Probert 15
  • T:N J Henderson
  • J:B J Geraghty
  • Form: 121119
  • Age: 4
  • Weight: 11-0
  • OR: 124
  • Naps:
4 154 11-0 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 124 8/1
5 25-12
Dark Blue, Pink cross belts, diabolo on sleeves and star on cap The Pirate's Queen (IRE) 29
  • T:A King
  • J:R Thornton
  • Form: 25-12
  • Age: 4
  • Weight: 11-0
  • OR:
  • Naps:
4 154 11-0 A King R Thornton 12/1
6 1112-11
Purple, orange seams, purple cap, orange star Vicky De L'Oasis (FR) 35
  • T:W P Mullins
  • J:R Walsh
  • Form: 1112-11
  • Age: 4
  • Weight: 11-0
  • OR:
  • Naps:
4 154 11-0 W P Mullins R Walsh Evsf

Race History

Race History
Year Draw Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey SP
2012   She Ranks Me (IRE)
  • T:D McCain Jnr
  • J:A P McCoy
5 11-0 D McCain Jnr A P McCoy 10/1
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In depth

Verdict

FREE THINKING could not have been more impressive on her hurdling debut at Ludlow, winning by 13 lengths without being asked a serious question. The runner-up boosted the form at Uttoxeter on Thursday and Nicky Henderson's mare can take this step up in class in her stride. She finished ahead of Musselburgh winner Brijomi Queen in a bumper at Aintree in the spring and can lower the colours of Vicky De L'Oasis, who has won easily at Galway and Wexford this autumn but may not be suited by a drop back to 2m. As I Am is also better over further and is thoroughly exposed but The Pirate's Queen probably came up against a smart novice at Uttoxeter and can improve. Handicapper Rosie Probert may find this company too hot.

Formwatch

As I Am (IRE) 9-1 (11-0) Soon led, driven and headed narrowly approaching 2 out, ridden and every chance last, no extra in 3rd when edged right flat, 3rd of 13, 4l behind Highland Retreat (11-0) at Wincanton 2m 6f mrs hcp hdl (2) gs.

The Pirate's Queen (IRE) 9-4 (11-4) Mid-division, headway 5th, went 2nd approaching 3 out, mistake next, held and no impression before last, kept on for clear 2nd, 2nd of 16, 4 1/2l behind Centasia (11-4) at Uttoxeter 2m mares mdn hdl (5) sft.

Vicky De L'Oasis (FR) 8-11fav (10-7) Led after 1st and made rest, went clear travelling well 2 out, stayed on strongly run-in, not extended, won at Wexford 2m 4f hdl in Oct beating Mulleady (10-10) by 3 1/2l, 6 ran.

Rosie Probert 7-1 (11-12) Tracked leader, lost place 4 out, weakened before last, 9th of 19, 19l behind Quick Jack (11-0) at Cheltenham 2m nov hcp hdl (3) gd.

Brijomi Queen (IRE) 6-5fav (10-12) Held up towards rear, headway 6th, led before last, kept on, won at Musselburgh 2m mdn hdl (5) gd beating Rathvawn Belle (10-12) by 2l, 10 ran.

Free Thinking Evensfav (10-2) Always prominent, led 6th, clear 3 out, very easily, won at Ludlow 2m mdn hdl (5) gd beating Koolala (10-7) by 13l, 15 ran.