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Punchestown

  • 17:30 Ladbrokes.com World Series Hurdle 3m

  • (Grade 1) €160,000 added 4yo+ 10 ran
  • Winner €99,200 2nd €30,400 3rd €14,400 4th €4,800
  • Going: Good to Yielding (Hurdle: Good; Cross Country: Firm)
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 5m 45.60s
  • Off time: 17:31:30

Quevega conquers World

Mullins mare wins again

Last Updated: 05/05/11 6:46pm

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Quevega: Won despite this mistake at the final hurdle

Quevega: Won despite this mistake at the final hurdle

Quevega led home a one-two for Willie Mullins as she successfully defended her Ladbrokes.com World Series Hurdle crown at Punchestown.

Sent off the 8-11 favourite under Ruby Walsh, the mare took up the lead turning for home and survived a final flight blunder to win back-to-back renewals of the race.

Stablemate Mourad (11-2) gave chase off the home turn under Katie Walsh but the rider was unable to peg back her brother on the winner.

Carlito Brigante (16-1) finished in third.

Extraordinary mare

Mullins said: "She's an extraordinary mare for her size. "She's just about 16 hands but as strong as an ox - I've never seen anything like she did at the last.

"To make a mistake like that and within two strides to be back up and running was pretty special.

"I thought she was gone or would throw Ruby off and he did very well to stay on her.

"Yet a stride after the mistake she was back up and running as though nothing had happened.

"I thought Mourad would go out by her, but he never got an inch on her up the straight.

"I can't see myself bothering to do anything else next year.

"Whether we go across to Paris for the French Champion Hurdle, that's the only other thing I have on my mind, or just wait for Cheltenham and come back here again.

Same plan

"I'll probably enter her in the other races at Cheltenham but I have Mourad for the World Hurdle and we might have something else for that, too.

"I would say she'd run in the Mares' Hurdle again as, if you're lucky enough to have a favourite for a race at Cheltenham, you run in that race."

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