Season's Greetings From totepool Mares' Novices' Hurdle (Listed) 2m 1f
- (3yo+, 2m 1f, Class 1, 7 runners)
- Winner £11,546 2nd £4,334 3rd £2,170 4th £1,082 5th £542
- Going: Heavy
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 4m 16.00s
- Off time: 14:20:31
|1st||4 Down Ace||7/2|
|2nd||3 Blue Buttons||nk||7/2|
As I Am (IRE) 9
|5||161 11-7||D E Cantillon||Conor Shoemark||139||Evsf|
Roja Dove (IRE) 20
|4||159 11-5 h||N B King||Trevor Whelan||124||25/1|
Blue Buttons (IRE) 11
|5||156 11-2 t||H Fry||Ryan Mahon||125||7/2|
Down Ace (IRE) 34
|6||156 11-2||F M O'Brien||D C Costello||122||7/2|
Miner Distraction 11
|5||156 11-2||J Scott||Nick Scholfield||66/1|
Neston Grace 24
|5||156 11-2 h||S Hodgson||J M Davies||115||33/1|
Dolores Delightful (FR) 211
|3||143 10-3||Nick Williams||R Johnson||10/1|
Mischievous Milly (IRE)
||4||11-2||O Sherwood||A P McCoy||11/2|
AS I AM is clear at the weights and is the one to beat. She scored in this grade at Newbury before running Carole's Spirit close in Listed company at Haydock and can return to winning ways. Down Ace and Blue Buttons are progressing well but will both need more to match the selection, while Roja Dove can also figure on the best of her earlier form in Ireland. Dolores Delightful is the least exposed with only a couple of outings in France to her name but Richard Johnson's presence takes the eye and she could go well.
Down Ace (IRE) 1-3fav (11-3) Made all, not fluent 3 out, came clear between last 2, comfortably, won at Lingfield 2m mrs nov hdl (4) hvy in Nov beating Truckers Darling (10-10) by 2l, 6 ran.
Blue Buttons (IRE) 13-2 (10-10) Made most, clear before last, kept on strongly, readily, won at Exeter 2m 3f mrs nov hdl (4) sft beating Centasia (11-2) by 4l, 14 ran.
As I Am (IRE) 11-4 (11-5) Led until after 4 out, led again next, headed after last, kept on, 2nd of 8, 2 1/2l behind Carole's Spirit (11-0) at Haydock 2m 4f mares listed nov hdl (1) sft.
Dolores Delightful (FR) (10-3) 4th of 12, 6l behind Loin D'etre Sage (10-10) at Dieppe(FR) 2m 1f 3yo hdl gs in Jun.
Miner Distraction 33-1 (10-10) Took keen hold, held up, blundered 2nd, mistake 5th, tailed off and blundered 3 out, 13th of 14, well behind Blue Buttons (10-10) at Exeter 2m 3f mrs nov hdl (4) sft.
Neston Grace 20-1 (11-3) Mid-division, pushed along and jumped slowly 3rd, soon lost place, plugged on past beaten horses flat, 9th of 15, 22l behind Lord Protector (11-2) at Sandown 2m nov hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs.
Roja Dove (IRE) 17-2 (11-7) Led until after 3 out, soon rallied, weakened before last, 5th of 13, 23l behind My Miss Lucy (10-10) at Fontwell 2m 4f mrs nov hdl (4) gs.