17:30 Cheltenham Thu 18 April 2019

Scheduled
  • Spreadex Sports Betting Mares' Standard Open NH Flat Race (Class 2)
  • 2m 179y, Good
  • 17 Runners
  • Winner£9,747.002nd£2,862.003rd£1,431.004th£716.00
  • Surface: Turf
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Off the mark at the third time of asking over 2m1½f at Plumpton latest (good). Experience a benefit to her here but under the penalty she looks vulnerable.

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2
511-4OR: 105

€15,000 sister to Kapga De Lily who has won a hurdle for this yard made a winning start at Fakenham in February (2m, good) where she and the favourite pulled clear. Neither ran since but respected here as a smart prospect.

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Beaten 28L on debut at Ascot but well-backed next at Plumpton and duly prevailed under forceful tactics. This will be a fair bit tougher especially under a penalty however.

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Warwick winner on Rules debut but far too keen on soft ground at Southwell next when a well beaten fourth of nine. Bigger field here may assist with settling her and in good hands to get the best out of her.

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611-0OR:

Landed Irish maiden point-to-point last May and ran with promise on Rules bow when fourth at Wetherby last month. Fifth at Uttoxeter since saw her well held however and this no easier.

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511-0OR:

Took a massive step up on midfield debut when touched off in a photo at Taunton last month. That form would give her a squeak here and looks a nice prospect for the yard.

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7
511-0OR: BF

Stoutly bred mare finished third of 16 at Ludlow and third of 14 at Taunton in two starts so far showing plenty of talent but signs of inexperience. Not much to find and expect master trainer will unlock potential soon enough.

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511-0OR:

Excellent second on debut at Ascot in February led to her being pitched into a warm Sandown Listed race next. That proved beyond the mare but this far more realistic and expectant of a bold bid.

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9
511-0OR:

Sulamani newcomer, second foal; dam well beaten in a bumper, half-sister to useful 2m-2m2f hurdle/chase winner Overtown Express and bumper/2m and 2m2f hurdle winner Miss Nightshade. Unlikely to feature.

11
410-13OR: 104

Sister to French Grade 3 winner Polygona suggested she may have similar talent when winning well on debut at Ludlow last month. Penalised for that win but should progress further now and highly respected.

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12
410-9OR: 95

€40,000 three-year-old buy ran well to finish third of 11 on debut at Newcastle. Will need to step up for this deeper contest but may be capable of doing so.

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13
410-9OR:

Lots to like about this filly's debut fourth of 12 at Newbury where she led 2f out before fading slightly. That experience should help and a tongue-tie could see her stay better too.

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14
410-9OR:

£60,000 3yo 6th foal; half-sister to 3 winners inc Two Swallows (useful 2m4f-3m jumps) & One Of Us (2m7f hurdle). Interesting debutant for respected connections so market check needed.

Newcomer by Midnight Legend; dam 2m/2m2f hurdle winner, sister to 2m-2m5f hurdle/chase winner Saunders Road. Represents respected connections so market may guide.

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410-9OR:

Showed nothing first two starts but then fourth (at 200/1) at Chepstow last time a step in the right direction. This much tougher however so up against it.

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410-9OR:

A Cityscape mare out of Cill Rialaig, who won a bumper on her debut and went on to further success in a Listed bumper at Cheltenham. Never threatened when midfield on debut and although she will progress up against it here.

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18
410-9OR:

A daughter of Presenting out of a Definite Article mare showed potential when fourth on debut at Taunton. Should come on plenty but this is tougher overall.

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Non-Runners

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Sopat20
611-0OR: -
T: P W MiddletonJ: Kielan Woods

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Hawthorn Cottage511-025/1
T: Miss Amy MurphyJ: Lucy K Barry

Betting

Forecast

Floressa (4/1), Mystic Dreamer (13/2), Ellarna (13/2), Just A Sip (9/1), Yeavering Belle (11/1), Strike The Flint (14/1), Early Morning Rain (14/1), Singapore Saga (16/1), Penny Mallow (18/1), Urban Artist (20/1), Czech Her Out (20/1), Whoopsey (20/1), Agent Valdez (22/1), Hoot At Midnight (25/1), Desaray Girl (33/1), No No Tonic (80/1), Tybielass (100/1), Sopat (SP)

Verdict

Ludlow winner FLORESSA makes the most appeal for champion trainer Nicky Henderson in what is a difficult bumper but likely one with plenty of useful sorts involved. Penny Mallow who like the selection won her only race to date is an obvious danger as are Ellarna and Mystic Dreamer who will certainly win races soon enough.
  1. Floressa
  2. Penny Mallow
  3. Ellarna
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