16:50 Cheltenham Thu 15 March 2018

  • Trull House Stud Mares' Novices' Hurdle (Grade 2) (Registered As The Dawn Run) (Class 1)
  • 2m 179y, Soft (Heavy in places)
  • 14 Runners
  • Winner£51,255.002nd£19,233.003rd£9,630.004th£4,797.005th£2,412.006th£1,206.00
  • Surface: Turf
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Weighed In

Winning time:4m 15.7sOff time:16:53:38
1
511-7OR: 136C
10/1
Dual winner at Listed level in bumpers and suffered her only defeat in three starts over hurdles when finishing runner-up at Newbury (good-to-soft) in December. Successful at Haydock three weeks later and soft underfoot conditions are in her favour.
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2
511-7OR: 144
4/7
Placed over hurdles in France and unbeaten in two outings since joining Willie Mullins in the autumn. Most recent victory came on heavy ground in a Fairyhouse Grade 3 and she is likely to prove hard to beat.
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3
611-7OR: 147D
9/2
Bidding to complete a six-timer over hurdles and has won on soft ground the last twice including in a Grade 2 novice contest over an extended 2m at Doncaster in January. One for the shortlist.
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4
611-5OR: 132D
50/1
Dual winner over hurdles but had her limitations exposed in recent starts including when beaten 19L by today's rival Laurina in a Grade 3 at Fairyhouse (2m2f, heavy) last time out. Others have a more obvious chance in this contest.
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5
511-2OR: 132
66/1
Successful over hurdles at Ffos Las in November but beaten three times since and finishing last of four on heavy ground over 2m4f at Sandown in Listed company last time. Likely to struggle.
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6
611-2OR: 122
80/1
Improving with racing over hurdles and broke her maiden when winning a heavy ground 2m maiden contest at Fairyhouse a month ago. Rated just 122 at present however and needs to improve markedly if she's to figure.
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7
611-2OR: 133D
16/1
Successful a number of times on the Flat including in high class AQPS races in the autumn of 2016. Winner of her last two starts over hurdles and represents leading connections as she bids for an eighth career win in total.
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8
611-2OR: 130
20/1
Successful in a bumper in France and a winner at the third time of asking over hurdles when successful on soft-to-heavy ground over 2m4f at Punchestown last time out. Interesting to see how she fares in this contest.
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10
511-2OR: 125
100/1
Leopardstown maiden hurdle winner on yielding ground in December but finished a well beaten 13th of 18 over 2m2f when making her handicap debut off a mark of 118 there subsequently. Others make more appeal.
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11
511-2OR: 136
9/1
In good form earlier this season winning three times including on heavy ground at Thurles in December. Held fourth in a Grade 2 event at Punchestown (soft-to-heavy) in January and returns from a break here.
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12
511-2OR: D
40/1
Flat winner over 2m1f at Dieppe on soft ground when trained in France and made a winning debut over hurdles when successful by a short-head in a 2m maiden contest at Clonmel (heavy) in January. Lacks the experience of some in this event.
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13
511-2OR: 118D
100/1
Finished behind Dame De Compagnie at Uttoxeter in November and put a fall at Ludlow behind her when winning on soft ground at Market Rasen last time out. Forecast going should suit but needs to improve if she's to take this.
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14
511-2OR:
18/1
Placed twice in Listed company over hurdles when trained by Francois Nicolle in France in 2016. Unraced since finishing runner-up to a useful mare at Auteuil in September that year and interesting to see how she fares on her debut for this stable.
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15
511-2OR: 128
66/1
Winner of three bumpers and two hurdle races so far including over an extended 1m7f at Towcester on soft ground when last seeing the racecourse early last month. Leading jockey booked to ride but needs to improve on what she's shown so far.
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Non-Runners

9
Dame De Compagnie26
511-2OR: 134
T: N J HendersonJ: Non Runner

Last Year's Winner

DRAWHORSEAWGTSP
Let's Dance511-711/8
T: W P MullinsJ: R Walsh

Betting

Forecast

Laurina (4/7), Maria's Benefit (9/2), High School Days (9/1), Cap Soleil (10/1), Countister (16/1), Dame De Compagnie (16/1), Salsaretta (18/1), Cut The Mustard (20/1), Pietralunga (40/1), Dawn Shadow (50/1), Spice Girl (66/1), Angels Antics (66/1), Champayne Lady (80/1), Rouergate (100/1), Ellie Mac (100/1)

Verdict

MARIA'S BENEFIT has been in good form since switching to hurdles and Stuart Edmunds charge can register her second Grade 2 success in this competitive mares novices hurdle having also taken a Grade 2 event last time out. Likely favourite and fellow Graded winner Laurina has impressed in both starts in Ireland and she is taken to finish second ahead of Countister who represents leading connections and can get the better of Salsaretta in the battle for third.
  1. Maria's Benefit
  2. Laurina
  3. Countister

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