32Red.com Mares' Hurdle (Listed) 2m 4f

  • (4yo+, 2m 4f, Class 1, 5 runners)
  • Winner £11,390 2nd £4,274 3rd £2,140 4th £1,066 5th £536 6th £268
  • Going: Heavy, Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 5m 27.10s
  • Off time: 12:45:24
  • Last Updated: January 5 2013, 13:40 GMT

Une Artiste (7/4) showed terrific resolution to win the Listed 32Red.com Mares' Hurdle at Sandown for Nicky Henderson and Barry Geraghty.

Une Artiste: Game winner at Sandown
Une Artiste: Game winner at Sandown

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The five-year-old looked to be in trouble when fleetingly headed by Alasi (20/1) between the last two hurdles but was soon back in command.

A fluent leap at the final flight sealed the win and Geraghty drove her out to score by a length-and-three-quarters in a time eight seconds above standard.

10/11 favourite Kentish Grey Lady travelled strongly at the rear of the field but could never reach the leaders after being asked for her effort from the second last and finished third.

Sky Bet cut the winner to 7/1 (from 10s) for the David Nicholson Mares' Hurdle at Cheltenham. Alasi was introduced into the market for the same race at 25/1 while Kentford Grey Lady was pushed out a point to 8/1.

"Barry made the most of her in the soft ground, and there was nothing else the rest could do," said Henderson.

"We are getting to the point where we are going to have to go for (the David Nicholson), unless Quevega goes for the World Hurdle instead. I think there's another two-and-a-half (mile) race here later in the season too."

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