Today's racecards

Cheltenham

  • 16:40 OLBG Mares' Hurdle 2m 4f

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

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 55.50s
  • Off time: 16:40:11
16:40 Cheltenham Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Quevega (FR) 8/11
2nd Sirene D'ainay (FR) 33/1
3rd Swincombe Flame 40/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 145-221 Dark Blue, Grey stripe and armlets Alasi 32
Nag meDistance Winner
9 11-5 P R Webber D Elsworth 138 33/134.00
2 1-62123 Emerald Green and Royal Blue (quartered), Beige sleeves and cap Kauto Shiny (FR) 31
Nag me
5 11-5 T R George P J Brennan 133 100/1101.00
3 424535 Emerald green, orange chevrons and sleeves, orange cap, emerald green star Mae's Choice (IRE) 31
Nag meDistance Winner
7 11-5 G Elliott P Carberry 142 100/1101.00
4 111/111- RED, royal blue sleeves, red cap, royal blue star Quevega (FR) 320
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
9 11-5 W P Mullins R Walsh 163 8/111.73
5 331-115 Light green, black cross belts, sleeves and cap Shadow Eile (IRE) 130
Nag meDistance Winner
8 11-5 Mrs D A Love Andrew J McNamara 137 66/167.00
6 123112 Maroon, yellow sleeves, maroon cap, yellow spots She Ranks Me (IRE) 25
Nag meDistance Winner
6 11-5 p D McCain Jnr J M Maguire 135 33/134.00
7 455311 Orange and black check, diabolo on sleeves Sirene D'ainay (FR) 37
Nag meDistance Winner
7 11-5 t1 E Clayeux J Plouganou 126 33/134.00
8 411R-11 Emerald Green, Dark Green sleeves, Dark Green and Emerald Green quartered cap Une Artiste (FR) 66
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance Winner
5 11-5 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 142 11/26.50
9 524536- PINK, large PURPLE spots, PINK sleeves, PURPLE spots, PINK cap, PURPLE spots Cloudy Spirit 223
Nag me
8 11-0 R Hollinshead D C Costello 130 100/1101.00
10 663P39 Yellow, Emerald Green cross belts, Emerald Green sleeves, Yellow armlets, quartered cap Epee Celeste (FR) 9
Nag me
7 11-0 M C Chapman G J Galligan 97 200/1201.00
11 112-4P4 Emerald Green and White (halved), Royal Blue sleeves and cap Kaffie 31
Nag me
8 11-0 K C Bailey S Twiston-Davies 128 100/1101.00
12 22-1334 BROWN, WHITE hoop, hooped sleeves, ORANGE cap Kentford Grey Lady 24
Nag meBeaten FavouriteDistance Winner
7 11-0 Miss E C Lavelle N Fehily 142 12/113.00
13 F6-7527 Dark blue, grey stripe and armlets, yellow cap Lady Kathleen 44
Nag me
6 11-0 P R Webber D F O'Regan 114 150/1151.00
14 412465 Red and white (quartered), black and white check sleeves and cap Miss Milborne 24
Nag meDistance Winner
7 11-0 Jamie Snowden Harry Skelton 130 150/1151.00
15 114-21 Dark Blue, Yellow star, hooped sleeves and star on cap Prima Porta 34
Nag meDistance Winner
7 11-0 Evan Williams Paul Moloney 130 40/141.00
16 2542-29 PURPLE, emerald green sleeves, orange cap, emerald green star Shop Dj (IRE) 100
Nag me
8 11-0 t Peter Fahey A P Crowe 142 33/134.00
17 1-23 Light blue, red braces, white sleeves, red armlets, light blue and red quartered cap Stone Light (FR) 128
Nag meBeaten Favourite
5 11-0 Miss V Williams Aidan Coleman 125 100/1101.00
18 92-7532 Light blue, dark blue seams, striped sleeves, red cap Swincombe Flame 31
Nag me
7 11-0 t1 Nick Williams D A Jacob 131 40/141.00
19 1111-13 ROYAL BLUE, EMERALD GREEN sleeves, WHITE cap, EMERALD GREEN spots Swing Bowler 31
Nag me
6 11-0 D Pipe Timmy Murphy 138 7/18.00

Verdict

There looks to be little standing in the way of a fifth success in this for the brilliant QUEVEGA. She's prepared every year with this race in mind and has overcome a similar absence to score in the last three years. In addition to dominating this event, she's also won three Grade 1 races over hurdles and has more than 20lb in hand on her rivals according to official ratings. Kentford Grey Lady was second last year, ahead of Alasi, Shop Dj, Cloudy Spirit and Swincombe Flame and has place claims again but a more interesting challenger is Une Artiste, who has won six of her starts over hurdles and has the beating of Alasi, Kentford Grey Lady and She Ranks Me on this season's form. This is a big step up in grade for Swing Bowler but it would be no surprise to see a big run from Kauto Shiny after a pipe-opener at Warwick and Emmanuel Clayeux has sent Sirene D'ainay over from France on the back of a couple of wins at Pau.