David Nicholson Mares' Hurdle (Grade 2) 2m 4f

  • (4yo+, 2m 4f, Class 1, 14 runners)
  • Winner £39,431 2nd £14,854 3rd £7,434 4th £3,717 5th £1,862 6th £931 7th £462 8th £238
  • Going: Good (Good to Soft in places , Cross Country G/F,Good in places )
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 4m 48.20s
  • Off time: 16:40:52

Full Result

16:40 Cheltenham
Pos Dist Horse Trainer Age Weight Jockey SP
1st 3 Quevega (FR) W P Mullins 7 11-5 R Walsh 5/6f
SP 5/6f Held up towards rear, headway after 7th, tracking leaders going well 3 out, went 2nd before next, led approaching last, soon clear, impressive opened 10/11 touched 4/5 £5500-£5000 £17000-£17000 £12000-£1200 £10000-£10000(x2) £5000-£5000(x2) £4000-£4000 £3000-£3000(x3) £2500-£2500(x2) £2000-£2000(x7) £1000-£1000(x4) £5000-£5500 £4000-£4400 £3000-£3300(x2) £2000-£2200(x7) £1000-£1100(x5) £1000-£1200
2nd 10 4 Sparky May P R Rodford 6 11-5 K Burke 4/1
SP 4/1 Held up in rear, took keen hold, blundered 2nd, headway approaching 6th, went 2nd when not fluent 7th, led when not fluent 2 out, driven and headed approaching last, stayed on, no chance with winner £20000-£5000 £6000-£1500 £7000-£2000
3rd 1 10 Ocean Transit (IRE) R J Price 6 11-0 D Bass 50/1
SP 50/1 Held up in rear, ridden after 6th, headway under pressure approaching 2 out, stayed on flat, went 3rd near finish, no chance with winner
4th ½ 5 Alasi P R Webber 7 11-0 D Elsworth 33/1
SP 33/1 Held up in rear, took keen hold, headway 3 out, chased leading pair after 2 out, hit last, stayed on same pace, lost 3rd near finish
5th 14 Stephanie Kate (IRE) C F Swan 5 11-0 P Carberry 50/1
SP 50/1 Held up towards rear, some progress when hampered after 7th, soon not clear run and lost place, stayed on from 2 out and kept on flat, never troubled leaders
6th 6 L'accordioniste (IRE) N A Twiston-Davies 6 11-0 P J Brennan 8/1
SP 8/1 Mid-division, not fluent 4th, headway approaching 6th, ridden after 3 out, never reached leaders, weakened last opened 9/1 £9000-£1000 £5000-£550
7th 1 2 Banjaxed Girl N A Twiston-Davies 7 11-5 S Twiston-Davies 8/1
SP 8/1 Led, ridden and headed approaching 2 out, weakened before last opened 11/1
8th 12 Santera (IRE) J L Flint 7 11-0 p R P Flint 40/1
SP 40/1 Tracked leaders, ridden and lost place after 7th, effort after 3 out, no impression from next £60000-£600
9th 9 Miss Overdrive Andrew Turnell 7 11-0 Nick Scholfield 100/1
SP 100/1 Chased leaders, ridden 6th, soon lost place, stayed on flat, no chance
10th 6 1 Alegralil D McCain Jnr 6 11-5 J M Maguire 40/1
SP 40/1 Held up in touch, ridden and chasing leaders approaching 3 out, lost place before next, soon weakened
11th 6 7 La Vecchia Scuola (IRE) J S Goldie 7 11-0 p G Lee 20/1
SP 20/1 Held up towards rear on inside, well beaten approaching 2 out opened 16/1 £20000-£1000
12th 11 Princess Rainbow (FR) Jennie Candlish 6 11-0 A O'keeffe 200/1
SP 200/1 Took keen hold, mid-division on outside after 2nd, closed 5th, ridden after 7th, weakening when mistake 3 out
13th ¾ 8 Lonesome Dove (IRE) C F Swan 6 11-0 D J Casey 100/1
SP 100/1 Held up towards rear, mistake 4th, behind from 6th
14th ¾ 13 Silver Gypsy (IRE) K C Bailey 6 11-0 t S Quinlan 25/1
SP 25/1 Pressed leader, ridden after 7th, weakened approaching 3 out opened 33/1 £10000-£400

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win £1.80 Tote Place £1.10 £1.80 £12.30 Straight Forecast £3.79 Exacta £4.30 Trifecta £246.80 Swingers 1&2 £1.50, 2&3 £40.30, 1&3 £21.80

Jackpot £142,083.50, Pool: £200117.69, 1.0 winning tickets
Placepot £60.60, Pool: £970517.56, 11686.68 winning tickets
Quadpot £9.30, Pool: £40783.77, 3221.34 winning tickets

Analysis

A performance that oozed class as QUEVEGA had no difficulty in landing a third consecutive renewal of this relatively new addition to the Festival. Ruby Walsh was coolness personified on her as the pair merrily popped their hurdles towards the rear of the field. As the front-runners Banjaxed Girl and Silver Gypsy came back to the field before the downhill run, and Sparky May pulled her way to the lead, Walsh was still content to keep a hold of his mare. It was easy to see why, as when Sparky May clattered several late hurdles, the fluent jumping of the winner came to the fore and she drew almost alongside her only feasible rival turning in. She pinged the last couple of flights as if she'd only just joined in, and with a pat of the neck and a stroke of the ears from her jockey, she crossed the line with acres to spare. Her trainer Willie Mullins reports that she might take on the boys at Aintree next, which will be a real treat, and if he is right in his assessment that she was short of a gallop, then it will take a very very good horse to lower her colours. Further ahead her sporting racing owners may see no reason as to why she cannot come back and win this race again next year, as she is so obviously in a different league to her same sex rivals. The runner-up Sparky May was very keen in the early stages and Keiran Burke did ever so well to retain the partnership at the second flight of hurdles when she took off far too early and made a serious mistake. Her jockey did well to cling on and she accordingly ran a career-best in second, especially as her hurdling (which had been so good at Ascot) subsequently went to pieces. Third spot went to Ocean Transit who was under pressure a long way out but ran on up the hill for a fantastic podium finish, in the process nicking that spot from Alasi who paid the price for pulling too hard in the early stages. Stephanie Katie was hampered at the seventh and suffered another bit of interference so she did well to finish in fifth, just ahead of L'accordioniste who looks a three mile mare. Stablemate Banjaxed Girl had no response when headed, having been taken on by Silver Gypsy for the lead at halfway. Santera took a false step at the top of the hill and may rate slightly better than her run accordingly, certainly better than Alegralil and La Vecchia Scuola who both laboured to finish 11th and 12th respectively.