Cheltenham

  • 16:00 OLBG Mares' Hurdle 2m 4f

  • Winner £47,830 2nd £18,020 3rd £9,018 4th £4,505
  • Going: Good to Soft, Good in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 44.40s
  • Off time: 16:00:35
16:00 Cheltenham Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Quevega (FR) 8/11
2nd Glens Melody (IRE) 14/1
3rd L'unique (FR) 25/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 121111 Light blue, dark blue star and sleeves, dark blue cap, light blue star Cailin Annamh (IRE) 145
Nag meDistance Winner
6 11-5 t Mrs J Harrington B J Geraghty 139 10/111.00
2 211-12F Purple and pink diamonds, pink sleeves, purple diamonds, purple cap Cockney Sparrow 45
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5 11-5 J J Quinn A P McCoy 145 8/19.00
3 11-1111 White, red diamond, red and white diabolo on sleeves, emerald green cap Down Ace (IRE) 71
Nag meCourse Winner
7 11-5 F O'Brien D F O'Regan 128 20/121.00
4 31-5224 WHITE, large BLACK spots, BLACK cap Doyly Carte 26
Nag meCourse Winner
6 11-5 D McCain Jnr Henry Brooke 138 40/141.00
5 21-1311 YELLOW and BLACK CHEVRONS, yellow sleeves, white and black striped cap Glens Melody (IRE) 31
Nag meDistance Winner
6 11-5 W P Mullins P Townend 142 14/115.00
6 313-111 Dark Green, Light Green sleeves, Dark Green cap, Light Green spots Highland Retreat 52
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7 11-5 H Fry N D Fehily 144 14/115.00
7 231324 Royal blue, black disc, black sleeves, royal blue armlets, white and black quartered cap Jennies Jewel (IRE) 23
Nag meDistance Winner
7 11-5 J P Fahey I J McCarthy 139 50/151.00
8 131-603 Red, white hoops and armlets, hooped cap L'unique (FR) 31
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5 11-5 A King R Thornton 135 25/126.00
9 1111/11- RED, royal blue sleeves, red cap, royal blue star Quevega (FR) 320
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
10 11-5 W P Mullins R Walsh 167 8/111.73
10 002221 Orange and black check, diabolo on sleeves Sirene D'ainay (FR) 37
Nag meDistance Winner
8 11-5 t E Clayeux D Cottin 141 11/112.00
11 511454 Red, yellow seams, Black cap Uddy (FR) 27
Nag meDistance Winner
6 11-5 A Couetil H Terrien 125 66/167.00
12 6P4513 Yellow, Emerald Green cross belts, Emerald Green sleeves, Yellow armlets, quartered cap Epee Celeste (FR) 14
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8 11-0 b M C Chapman Joseph Cornwall 86 200/1201.00
13 18-1134 Mauve and dark blue stripes, dark blue sleeves, mauve stars, dark blue cap, mauve star Hidden Identity (IRE) 31
Nag meDistance Winner
8 11-0 Tim Vaughan R Johnson 135 66/167.00
14 223324 Royal blue and yellow (halved), sleeves reversed, yellow cap, royal blue stars Little King Robin (IRE) 130
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6 11-0 t C Bowe M P Walsh 124 100/1101.00
15 532141 Yellow, Emerald Green diamond on body and cap, Yellow sleeves, Emerald Green seams Pass The Time 11
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5 11-0 p N P Mulholland D A Jacob 127 100/1101.00
16 132612 Yellow, Dark Green seams, Yellow cap, Dark Green spots Top Totti 34
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6 11-0 H D Daly Jake Greenall 132 66/167.00

Verdict

QUEVEGA, who has won four times at Grade 1 level, can make history by becoming the first horse to win the same race at The Festival on six successive occasions. William Mullins' wonder mare has won for the last four years without a prep run so her absence since winning at Punchestown last April isn't a problem and she has at least 22lb in hand over her rivals according to official ratings. Cockney Sparrow suffered a heavy fall behind Annie Power at Doncaster last time and may need a confidence-booster but the selection's stablemate Glens Melody arrives in terrific form having won back-to-back Listed races at Warwick, though she was well beaten in the Relkeel Hurdle at this track earlier. Cailin Annamh hasn't raced since giving weight and a beating to Little King Robin at Punchestown in October but beat Jennies Jewel at Gowran earlier and could have each-way claims. Highland Retreat is also much improved and her defeat of Carole's Spirit and Mickie at Ascot in January is a strong piece of form. Down Ace has yet to taste defeat under Rules but she may be biting off more than she can chew this time and French raider Sirene D'ainay's best efforts have come on heavy ground.