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

  • (4yo+, 2m 4f, Class 1, 17 runners)
  • Winner £50,697
  • Going: Good to Soft (Good in places, Cross Country Good,Good to Soft in places)
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 4m 45.20s
  • Off time: 16:40:24

Full Result

16:40 Cheltenham
Pos Dist Horse Trainer Age Weight Jockey SP
1st 1 Quevega (FR) W P Mullins 6 11-5 R Walsh 6/4f
SP 6/4f Mid-division, headway after 7th, challenged 2 out, led approaching last, quickened clear flat, ran on strongly opened 13/8 touched 11/8 £20000-£10000 £10000-£5000 £2000-£1000(x5) £7000-£4000 £13000-£800 £1250-£500(x3)
2nd 11 Carole's Legacy N J Henderson 6 11-0 A Tinkler 20/1
SP 20/1 In touch in main group, challenged 7th, led after 3 out, ridden and headed approaching last, not pace of winner
3rd 3 Voler La Vedette (IRE) C A Murphy 6 11-5 B J Geraghty 9/4
SP 9/4 Mid-division, headway after 7th, challenged 2 out, not quicken and switched right before last, kept on same pace opened 5/2 £5500-£2000(x2) £2750-£1000(x3) £10000-£4000
4th 8 Amber Brook (IRE) N A Twiston-Davies 9 11-0 P J Brennan 33/1
SP 33/1 In touch in main group, hit 6th, challenged after 3 out until approaching last, no extra flat
5th ½ 12 Easter Legend Miss E C Lavelle 6 11-0 Aidan Coleman 11/1
SP 11/1 Held up in mid-division, headway approaching 3 out, close up when mistake 2 out, soon not quicken, stayed on same pace opened 14/1
6th 10 9 Arctic Magic (IRE) W S Kittow 10 11-0 T J O'Brien 33/1
SP 33/1 Held up towards rear, struggling approaching 3 out, mistake 2 out, stayed on passed beaten horses closing stages, never dangerous opened 50/1
7th 10 Aura About You (IRE) P Nolan 7 11-0 A P Cawley 28/1
SP 28/1 In touch in main group, mistake 4th, not fluent 7th or 3 out, weakened after 2 out
8th 3 7 Alasi P R Webber 6 11-0 W Kennedy 100/1
SP 100/1 Held up in rear, ridden after 7th, headway approaching 3 out, weakened after 2 out
9th s.h 6 No One Tells Me Mrs J Harrington 5 11-3 p R M Power 16/1
SP 16/1 Disputed 2nd behind clear leader, mistake 7th, soon led, headed after 3 out, weakened after next £20000-£1000
10th 5 Argento Luna O Sherwood 7 11-3 S P Jones 33/1
SP 33/1 Held up in rear, mistake 3rd, well beaten approaching 3 out
11th 17 Sway (FR) Jonjo O'Neill 4 10-11 A P McCoy 9/1
SP 9/1 Held up in rear, blundered 1st, headway approaching 3 out, pushed along and weakened before next opened 10/1 £30000-£3000
12th 17 15 Pepite De Soleil (FR) P F Nicholls 5 11-0 R Thornton 33/1
SP 33/1 Held up in rear, took keen hold, headway on outside after 7th, jumped right 3 out, weakened and went right next, blundered last opened 28/1
13th 9 4 Zarinava (IRE) Mrs J Harrington 6 11-5 Paul Moloney 25/1
SP 25/1 Held up towards rear, well beaten approaching 3 out opened 20/1
14th 2 16 Princess Rainbow (FR) Jennie Candlish 5 11-0 A O'keeffe 200/1
SP 200/1 Mistakes, always behind
15th 28 14 Just Beware Miss Z C Davison 8 11-0 p Gemma Gracey-davison 200/1
SP 200/1 Mid-division, mistake 5th, hit next, soon ridden, weakened next, tailed off
16th dist 13 Here Comes Sally (IRE) P M Pierce 10 11-0 S W Flanagan 100/1
SP 100/1 Disputed 2nd behind clear leader until 7th, soon weakened, tailed off
PU 2 Stravinsky Dance N J Henderson 5 11-5 b1 Mr S Waley-Cohen 50/1
SP 50/1 Led, soon clear, headed and weakened after 7th, tailed off when pulled up before 2 out opened 40/1

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win £2.60 Tote Place £1.20 £4.70 £1.30 Straight Forecast £38.26 Exacta £38.10 Trifecta £98.80 Swingers 1&2 £10.20, 2&3 £9.50, 1&3 £2.00

Jackpot £109,908.17 carried forward to Cheltenham, 17th Mar
Placepot £98.40, Pool: £895596.75, 6642.06 winning tickets
Quadpot £29.10, Pool: £30280.54, 769.9 winning tickets

Analysis

The first favourite of the day went in as Ruby Walsh booted QUEVEGA up the Cheltenham hill in this mares' race for the second year running. She hadn't been seen since last May but punters put their faith in the ability of Willie Mullins and the result never looked in doubt. She travelled really well, much like the best horse in the race and when Ruby made his move ahead of the final flight nothing was going to catch her. Stravinsky Dance almost pulled Sam Waley-Cohen's arms out in first-time blinkers and she was 20 lengths clear at one stage, but came back to the pack in the last half mile. Voler La Vedette had every chance but she just didn't have the class of the winner and was beaten for second in the end by Carole's Legacy who stayed on well in the closing stages without threatening Quevaga.