Henry Daly was put in a quandary by Mickie after her game success in the qualifier for the Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle.
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The grey went well in staying novice events last term, but this was a step up on her two previous achievements in the new campaign.
Pateese and Twelve Roses were among those waiting to take over from long-time leader Western Warhorse, while Jake Greenall was some way off the pace, but gradually the 9/1 chance Mickie made progress on the long run-in and passed the line a length and a half in front.
"I really don't know what we do with her now," said Daly. "There's the final of this series, but I might send her chasing before that as she's not very big and I don't want her to carry big weights. She's given her owners a lot of fun, but I suspect our options will be limited from hereon.
"She really wants testing ground, but the fact that they had gone a good pace here helped offset that.
"I thought it was a fantastic ride from Jake, as good a ride as he as ever given any of mine. He kept pushing and shushing when others would have given up and he's been rewarded for that.
"Looking at her in the paddock beforehand, I thought she looked absolutely fantastic. It can be hard to tell with greys but there was a real shine to her coat and she's just in cracking form at present."
Daly also had news of his star steeplechaser Quentin Collonges, who was in a respectable sixth when blundering at the last and unseating his rider on his recent reappearance at Cheltenham.
"He's absolutely fine, but I'm not quite sure where we'll go next," he said. "There's a 0-150 handicap over three miles at Doncaster next month which I'll have a close look at."