16:50 Cheltenham

Thursday 14 March 2024

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Ryanair Mares' Novices' Hurdle (Grade 2) (Registered As The Dawn Run Mares' Novices' Hurdle) (GBB Race)

  • 4YO plus  |   Class 1  |   2m 179y  |   Soft  |   8 Runners  |   Turf  |   Weighed In
  • Off time: 16:50  |   Winning time: 4m 20.6s
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Birdie Or Bust88
Age: 6|  Weight: 11-7| J: Rachael Blackmore| T: H De Bromhead| OR:  130
10/1
Fairly useful hurdler who produced her best effort yet when running out a cosy winner of a listed contest at Thurles 88 days ago. Seemingly saved for this but she has something to find.
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Brighterdaysahead32
Age: 5|  Weight: 11-7| J: J W Kennedy| T: G Elliott| OR:  143| D
5/6
Unbeaten in 2 bumpers, including a valuable sales race at Fairyhouse's Easter Festival and also 3 from 3 over hurdles, taking a big step forward to land a Grade 3 at Down Royal in November before following up in bloodless fashion at Navan. Open to further improvement and boasts excellent claims.
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Jade De Grugy47
Age: 5|  Weight: 11-7| J: P Townend| T: W P Mullins| OR:  141
2/1
Won her sole outing in bumpers in France and has been most impressive in winning both her starts over hurdles for new yard, including the Grade 3 Solerina at Fairyhouse (18f, heavy) last time. Exciting prospect who warrants the utmost respect.
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Golden Ace37
Age: 6|  Weight: 11-2| J: Lorcan Williams| T: J Scott| OR:  124
10/1
Fairly useful in bumpers (runner-up to Dysart Enos final outing) and, on the back of a breathing op, created a favourable impression in seeing off a couple of above-average winners on her Taunton hurdle debut (19f). Not extended to defy a penalty back there and well worth her place at this level.
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8
Horse silk
25/1
£120,000 buy after running out a wide-margin winner on point debut and looked a useful prospect in following up in a 2½m Punchestown maiden 22 days ago. Sure to progress.
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Horse silk
Mollys Mangot173
Age: 6|  Weight: 11-2| J: Paul O'Brien| T: Harry Derham| OR:  125| D
40/1
Bumper winner who made a successful start to her hurdle career in 2m maiden at Thurles in November and quickly back on track when making the most of a simple task in stylish fashion at Fairyhouse (17.2f) in January. Subsequently left Gordon Elliott for €170,000. New trainer reaches for a tongue tie.
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10
Horse silk
Titanium Moon39
Age: 6|  Weight: 11-2| J: B S Hughes| T: D McCain Jnr| OR:  127| D
80/1
Failed to win in 4 outings on the Flat but thrived over hurdles last summer, completing a 4-timer at Stratford (2m) in July. Shaped better than the distance beaten suggests under a change of tactics at Musselburgh last month but this is a big ask.
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Victoria Milano28
Age: 6|  Weight: 11-2| J: Jack Tudor| T: A Ralph| OR:  119
125/1
Game winner first time up over hurdles at Ludlow (21.2f) before showing better form in defeat at Warwick (19f, heavy). Resumed winning ways in a muddling affair at Sandown (2m) 4 weeks ago but this is a whole different ball game and will surely come up short.
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Non-Runners

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Horse silk
Casa No Mento75
Weight: 11-2|  Age: 6
T: N A Twiston-Davies  J: Sam Twiston-Davies
NR
5
Horse silk
Dysart Enos46
Weight: 11-2|  Age: 6
T: F O'Brien  J: P J Brennan
NR
7
Horse silk
Little Miss Dante28
Weight: 11-2|  Age: 6
T: O Murphy  J: Non Runner
NR

Forecasts

Brighterdaysahead (5/6), Jade De Grugy (2/1), Dysart Enos (4/1), Golden Ace (10/1), Birdie Or Bust (10/1), Majestic Force (25/1), Casa No Mento (33/1), Mollys Mango (40/1), Little Miss Dante (50/1), Titanium Moon (80/1), Victoria Milano (125/1)

Verdict

BRIGHTERDAYSAHEAD has looked a class act on each visit to the racecourse, again barely asked a question when easing to success in a listed event at Navan a month ago, so she's marginally preferred to Jade de Grugy, another bright prospect representing a top Irish yard. Dysart Enos was highly impressive at Doncaster last time and looks the clear pick of the British contingent.

Previous Winners

2023
Weight: 11-7  |Age: 6
16/1
2022
Weight: 11-7  |Age: 6
15/2
2020
Weight: 11-2  |Age: 6
9/2
2019
Weight: 11-2  |Age: 5
50/1
2018
Weight: 11-7  |Age: 5
4/7
2017
Weight: 11-7  |Age: 5
11/8

Prize Money

1st: £59,084.002nd: £22,260.003rd: £11,140.004th: £5,565.005th: £2,793.006th: £1,396.007th: £693.008th: £357.00

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