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  • Destruval Delights at Wetherby

Wilmot-Smith Memorial Mares' Novices' Hurdle 2m 110y

  • (4yo+, 2m 110y, Class 4, 5 runners)
  • Winner £3,285 2nd £958 3rd £479
  • Going: Heavy
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 4m 32.70s
  • Off time: 13:00:20
  • Last Updated: February 1 2014, 13:53 GMT

Aurore D'Estruval made the perfect start to life in Britain with a runaway victory in the Wilmot-Smith Memorial Mares' Novices' Hurdle at Wetherby.

John Quinn: Trains Aurore D'Estruval
John Quinn: Trains Aurore D'Estruval

Runner-up at Pau in December on her sole appearance for leading French trainer Guillaume Macaire, the four-year-old was an 8/15 favourite as she made her debut for John Quinn in West Yorkshire.

Her task was made significantly easier as main market rival Slipper Satin parted company with Jack Quinlan at the first flight, but it was still hard not to be impressed by Aurore D'Estruval's exuberant jumping in the hands of Brian Hughes.

It was clear early in the home straight she had far more to give than her three remaining rivals and she skipped clear in a canter to score by 13 lengths from 50/1 shot Clara Peggotty.

Quinn's son and assistant, Sean, said: "We asked Anthony Bromley (bloodstock agent) in the autumn to find us a nice filly and to be fair to him, he didn't rush.

"This filly ran on a Wednesday and by the Thursday morning the DVD had arrived in the office, so we knew he was pretty keen on her.

"I believe Mr Macaire was not too keen to sell, but the owner did and she arrived between Christmas and New Year.

"She has schooled very well, as you would expect from one of Guillaume Macaire's. We didn't learn much about her today, but we did learn she jumps well.

"She has a lovely pedigree and a good attitude. She wants a bit of cut in the ground, but I don't think any horse would want it as soft as it is today."

Aurore D'Estruval is a daughter of talented chaser Nickname, who won nine times in Ireland for trainer Martin Brassil between 2005 and 2008 and earned quotes of 33/1 for both the JCB Triumph Hurdle and the Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle (from 50s) from Betfred but is still available at 50/1 for the latter contest with the sponsors who also go 33s for the juvenile crown.


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