16:50 Cheltenham Thu 14 March 2019
- National Hunt Breeders Supported By Tattersalls Mares' Novices' Hurdle (Grade 2) (Class 1)
- 2m 179y, Good to Soft (soft in places)
- 22 Runners
- Surface: Turf
Quickly progressing since adopting forcing tactics on the front end, she has won her last three, including a Listed contest at Taunton in December. No concerns on the ground and she's a leading player.
Has shown a good attitude in winning her previous two starts, twice holding off Danse Idol including a Sandown Grade 2 (2m4f, soft) last month. This is tougher and drops in distance, but will relish a battle.
Graded winner in Ireland this season over 2m on good ground against her own sex, she was last spotted chasing Supreme sixth Aramon home at Leopardstown in Future Champions Novice Hurdle at Christmas. Sports first-time hood now.
Won her maiden at Down Royal in fine style over 2m4f in December and stepped up on that significantly when defeating subsequent Grade 1-winning gelding Chosen Mate in Listed Novice event at Punchestown (2m, good to yielding) in February. Player.
Exposed sort is 2-19 over timber and gained latest success over 2m5½f at Galway in September. Hasn't beaten a rival home in two Fairyhouse starts since the turn of the year, ensuring tough mission forecast here.
Three minor wins in Ireland earlier in the season at 2m-3m on ground ranging from good/soft. Had her limitations exposed in Mares Handicap Hurdle at Leopardstown (2m2f, good) last time and big ask now.
Has twice clashed with Posh Trish this term, with scores level. Returned from a break with impressive novice win at Newbury (2m½f, good to soft) last month. Going the right way, but doesn't appear stable's best chance in this field.
French raider, decisive winner over timber in December at Pau (2m1½f), decent effort last month on British bow at Taunton (2m½f, soft) in second spot, though that form leaves her plenty to find on ratings.
Has cut her teeth in some good races this term, though did seem to be held when coming down late on last month in a Punchestown contest won by Sinoria. Bit more required to match likely principles.
Built on her French form when landing a Punchestown maiden (2m½f, good to yielding) on debut for Willie Mullins last month. Going to need a large jump forward on that bare form to play a leading role in this contest.
Came good to win a 2m good-ground maiden hurdle last month at Fairyhouse, having previously let punters down on a couple of occasions in that sphere, much more demanded this time upped in class.
Classy bumper performer made a winning stable and hurdles debut last month in a 29-runner Navan maiden (2m, good) before being outclassed in Grade 2 at Punchestown against the boys. Was fancied for that contest, may bounce back against her own sex.
Daughter of Nathaniel, a four-race maiden on the Flat in France during 2017, she will be returning from a 620-day absence here and, despite lofty connections, she looks up against it on her hurdling bow.
Dual bumper winner in France who justified stable confidence to open her account over hurdles at Leicester. Since well beaten on soft ground at Fontwell and this is a tough assignment seemingly.
2-3 over timber season but has the best part of 10L to find with Posh Trish on that defeat at Newbury (2m½f, soft) where she perhaps didn't relish the soft ground underneath her.
Winner on hurdles bow at Sligo (2m, good) in August and then chased home useful pair in Triplicate and Aramon (ran well in the Supreme here on Tuesday) in September. Off since, there's likely plenty more to come from her.
Winner of two of her five starts in bumpers in France, she made a winning start to her hurdles career with a 2m4f maiden win at Punchestown in January, just managing to hold off Black Tears. This is tougher now raised in class and dropping in trip.
Listed bumper second absolutely hacked up on hurdles/stable debut at Wincanton in January. Runner-up since at Sandown (2m, soft; 4-7f), she sports a first-time hood now under Gold Cup-winning amateur rider.
Fifth to top novice Fakir D'Oudairies (fourth in the Supreme) on seasonal bow in January at Cork (2m, soft), she improved on third start to run out an easy winner of a maiden at Naas (2m, good to yielding) and has potential for better things.
Dual bumper winner in France, including in a Grade 1 contest, she has barely come out of second gear in landing novice events at Kempton and Exeter (2m/2m1f, both good ground). Impossible to know how good she'll be, much-respected in new headgear.
Impressive Uttoxeter novice winner ran in November over 2m on good to soft, has since settled for second best behind Posh Trish and Lady Buttons, latest in Doncaster Grade 2 when rallying late in manner that bodes well.
Roscommon bumper winner in August, she is 2-3 over hurdles having won at Punchestown and Fairyhouse over longer trips. Bare form requires improving on, but trainer has won all three renewals of this, two with Ruby Walsh on board (injured last year).
Last Year's Winner
|T: W P MullinsJ: P Townend|
Epatante (15/8), Posh Trish (3/1), My Sister Sarah (13/2), Queenohearts (10/1), Sinoria (11/1), Elusive Belle (20/1), Lust For Glory (20/1), Sancta Simona (20/1), Black Tears (25/1), Emily Moon (25/1), Indefatigable (33/1), Tintangle (40/1), Allez Dance (40/1), Eglantine Du Seuil (50/1), Elfile (50/1), Concertista (66/1), Buildmeupbuttercup (66/1), Presidente Line (100/1), Court Maid (100/1), Diamond Gait (100/1), Awayinthewest (100/1), Dame du Soir (100/1)
- My Sister Sarah
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