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  • 16:40 David Nicholson Mares' Hurdle 2m 4f

  • (grade 2) £90,000 added 4yo+ 17 ran
  • Winner: £
  • 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

Quevega Completes Nicholson Double

By Tom Peacock, Press Association Sport.   Last Updated: 16/03/10 5:59pm

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Quevega runs out a brilliant winner once again.

Quevega runs out a brilliant winner once again.

Quevega once again showed a brilliant turn of foot to land the David Nicholson Mares' Hurdle at Cheltenham for the second year in succession.

Willie Mullins' charge had landed the Grade Two contest by 14 lengths 12 months ago but had been off the track since suffering injury at Auteuil in May of last year.

Sent off the 6-4 favourite under Ruby Walsh, the six-year-old once again went to the front on the turn for home and soon put the race to bed.

She got in slightly close to the final flight but it did not stop her momentum and she quickened right away up the hill to beat Carole's Legacy by four and a half lengths, with Voler La Vedette third.Mullins said: "We asked her a big question in the middle of her last bit of work, which is possibly where the adverse rumours came from.

"But she'd done a fantastic bit last Tuesday and our aim of having her ready for the day worked out beautifully.

"She could run in the Champion Hurdle at Punchestown and I would not be against taking her back to France."

Walsh added: "It's great to get a winner on the board and it's great to get it on the first day as it just takes the pressure off a bit.

"She had an off-day on her last run but any horse can have an off-day and before that she had won here and then finished third behind Solwhit and Punjabi at Punchestown, which is fair form.

"She's a great mare and I love riding her."

Paul Murphy, owner of Carole's Legacy, said: "I shouldn't complain really.

"She still might run in the mares' chase final at Newbury a week on Saturday but she will have to carry a coal truck on her back there.

"If they had a mares' chase here next year, we'd keep her in training, otherwise there's not much else for her."

Voler La Vedette's trainer Colm Murphy added: "She ran far too free but the winner has shown what a good horse she is."

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