Today's racecards

Newbury

  • 12:20 Thoroughbred Breeders' Association Mares' Novices' Hurdle 2m 110y

  • Winner £11,888 2nd £4,452 3rd £2,224 4th £1,110
  • Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 3m 55.35s
  • Off time: 12:20:19
12:20 Newbury Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st As I Am (IRE) 11/2
2nd The Pirate's Queen (IRE) 12/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 411113 Pink, black spots, black sleeves, pink armlets, white cap As I Am (IRE) 21
Nag meDistance Winner
5 11-0 D E Cantillon Conor Shoemark 133 11/26.50
2 1/4210-1 Black, Orange diamond, White sleeves, Black cap, Orange star Brijomi Queen (IRE) 23
Nag meDistance Winner
6 11-0 N G Richards N Fehily 33/134.00
3 1130-1 Brown, Orange sleeves, quartered cap Free Thinking 16
Nag meDistance Winner
5 11-0 N J Henderson Mr S Waley-Cohen 7/24.50
4 121119 LIGHT BLUE, DARK BLUE Cross of Lorraine, hooped sleeves, striped cap Rosie Probert 15
Nag meDistance Winner
4 11-0 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 124 8/19.00
5 25-12 Dark Blue, Pink cross belts, diabolo on sleeves and star on cap The Pirate's Queen (IRE) 29
Nag meDistance Winner
4 11-0 A King R Thornton 12/113.00
6 1112-11 Purple, orange seams, purple cap, orange star Vicky De L'Oasis (FR) 35
Nag meDistance Winner
4 11-0 W P Mullins R Walsh Evs2.00

Verdict

FREE THINKING could not have been more impressive on her hurdling debut at Ludlow, winning by 13 lengths without being asked a serious question. The runner-up boosted the form at Uttoxeter on Thursday and Nicky Henderson's mare can take this step up in class in her stride. She finished ahead of Musselburgh winner Brijomi Queen in a bumper at Aintree in the spring and can lower the colours of Vicky De L'Oasis, who has won easily at Galway and Wexford this autumn but may not be suited by a drop back to 2m. As I Am is also better over further and is thoroughly exposed but The Pirate's Queen probably came up against a smart novice at Uttoxeter and can improve. Handicapper Rosie Probert may find this company too hot.