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  • 16:40 OLBG Mares' Hurdle 2m 4f

  • (Registered As The David Nicholson Mares' Hurdle) (Grade 2) £70,000 added 4yo+ 19 ran
  • Winner £39,389 2nd £14,840 3rd £7,427 4th £3,710
  • Going: Good-Good to Soft in places; Cross Country Good to Firm.
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 4m 31.30s
  • Off time: 16:40:49

Full result

16:40 Cheltenham Result 13th March 2012
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st Quevega (FR) 11-5 R Walsh W P Mullins 8 4/7f
Mid-division, headway before 2 out, led approaching last, quickened clear final 100 yards opened 8/13 touched 8/13 £800-£1200(x2) £8000-£13000(x3) £3077-£5000 £2000-£3250 £800-£1300(x2) £4000-£7000 £2286-£4000 £2000-£3500 £1200-£2100 £800-£1400 £571-£1000 £400-£700(x3) £20000-£35000 £6000-£10500
2nd 4 Kentford Grey Lady 11-0 N Fehily Miss E C Lavelle 6 14/1
Held up in rear, headway 7th, hit last, kept on flat, went 2nd close home, no chance with winner opened 14/1 touched 14/1
3rd nk Golden Sunbird (IRE) 11-3 R M Power P Nolan 8 66/1
Tracked leaders, challenged 2 out, ridden approaching last, kept on flat, not pace of winner opened 66/1 touched 66/1
4th nk Alasi 11-5 D Elsworth P R Webber 8 20/1
Mid-division, not fluent 6th, hampered on bend before next,. headway 2 out, chased winner flat, no impression, demoted to 4th close home opened 25/1 touched 25/1
5th nk Shop Dj (IRE) 11-5 D N Russell Peter Fahey 7 10/1
Held up towards rear, headway approaching last, ran on flat, nearest finish opened 10/1 touched 11/1
6th ½ Cloudy Spirit 11-0 Timmy Murphy R Hollinshead 7 33/1
Held up in rear, hampered on bend before 7th, headway on inside approaching last, kept on flat opened 33/1 touched 33/1
7th ¾ Ixora (IRE) 11-0 T J O'Brien Jamie Snowden 6 50/1
Prominent, challenged 2 out, stayed on same pace flat opened 40/1 touched 50/1
8th hd Kells Belle (IRE) 11-5 B J Geraghty N J Henderson 6 33/1
Prominent, challenged 3 out, led after next, ridden and headed approaching last, weakened final 100 yards opened 33/1 touched 33/1
9th s.h Swincombe Flame 11-0 W Kennedy Nick Williams 6 10/1
Mid-division, headway after 4th, ridden 2 out, stayed on same pace flat, no impression opened 12/1 touched 12/1
10th ½ Our Girl Salley (IRE) 11-5 A E Lynch Mrs P Dobbs 7 20/1
Took keen hold, mainly in touch, closed after 5th, challenged 2 out, no extra towards finish opened 20/1 touched 20/1
11th ½ What A Charm (IRE) 11-3 P Carberry A L T Moore 5 40/1
Took keen hold, tracked leaders, not much room when lost place on bend after 6th, again not much room after next, stayed on flat, no impression opened 40/1 touched 40/1 £56000-£1400
12th Dorabelle (IRE) 11-0 J M Maguire D McCain Jnr 7 100/1
Led 2nd, headed after 2 out, weakened flat opened 100/1 touched 100/1
13th 1 Tempest River (IRE) 11-0 Aidan Coleman B I Case 6 100/1
Tracked leaders, lost place 3 out opened 100/1 touched 100/1
14th Dare To Doubt 11-5 P Townend W P Mullins 8 40/1
Held up in rear, some headway when not fluent 2 out, soon ridden and no impression opened 40/1 touched 40/1
15th 2 Violin Davis (FR) 11-5 D A Jacob P F Nicholls 6 28/1
Prominent, not fluent 7th, ridden after 2 out, lost place approaching last, weakened flat opened 28/1 touched 28/1
16th 14 The Strawberry One 11-0 D F O'Regan D W P Arbuthnot 7 100/1
Held up, struggling after 3 out opened 100/1 touched 100/1
17th 3 Terre Du Vent (FR) 11-0 P J Brennan T R George 6 20/1
Held up in rear, took keen hold, mistake 5th, hampered on bend before 7th, no headway opened 20/1 touched 20/1
18th ¾ Candelita 11-0 M D Grant J Hughes 5 150/1
Held up in rear, well beaten 2 out opened 200/1 touched 200/1
19th 64 Himayna 11-0 Giles Hawkins F Sheridan 8 200/1
Raced wide, led until 2nd, prominent, hit 5th, lost place from next, tailed off opened 200/1 touched 200/1
NR Belle De Fontenay (FR) 11-0 Non Runner George Baker 7

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £1.60 Tote Place: £1.10,2.90,20.30
Straight Forecast: £7.54 Exacta: £9.20 Trifecta: £819.50 Swingers: 1&2:3.60 2&3:103.20 1&3:31.70

Jackpot: £58,798.80, Pool: £372668.75, 4.5 winning tickets
Placepot: £76.20, Pool: £895990.3, 8579.31 winning tickets
Quadpot: £14.30, Pool: £32465.85, 1673.78 winning tickets

Verdict

Willie Mullins does a very good job of getting QUEVEGA ready for the Cheltenham and Punchestown Festivals, although it's a bit like training Lionel Messi for a Sunday league pub team. The mare travelled well within her comfort zone in the middle of a tightly-clustered field and jockey Ruby Walsh still hadn't moved a muscle before two hurdles from home. After the flight he started to scythe through the field as the gaps opened nicely and by the time she came to the last she was in the front-rank. After the flight she was asked a proper question by Walsh and quickened away from her inferior rivals to win the race by yet another comfortable margin. This was basically a piece of work for her and a truer examination will come back in Ireland when she faces the boys again over three miles. The race was run at a dawdle, and as a result the finishing time was 14 seconds slower than standard. No one is saying that mares races aren't important, especially for paddock values, but if anyone wants an argument as to why they shouldn't be at the Festival then they only need to watch the video of this totally uncompetitive and farcical race. It was a tight thing for the places, with Kentford Lady taking second despite kicking the final flight out of the ground. Having been held up early on the outside of the field, Noel Fehily wisely got her closer to the pace coming down the hill and although she looked to be struggling as the pace quickened turning in, she relished running up the hill and was finishing with more gusto than most. A stronger pace, especially over this trip, would have helped this genuine three-miler. Golden Sunbird was third, stepping up on previous form (or giving a good indication that this form is worthless) whilst Alasi was fourth again for the second year in a row. She has done well for her owners but this is as good as she is, and it would be no surprise to see connections revert to mares chases if she continues to race past this season. Shop Dj was next and was doing all her best work at the finish, having tracked Quevega turning in, whilst Ixora deserves a good mention having shown battling qualities late on. Kells Belle was front-rank throughout and tried to pinch the race turning in, but paid for that effort in the closing stages when the closers swamped. What A Charm doesn't appear to have trained on from last-season's Fred Winter win, whilst Swincombe Flame and Our Girl Salley were both a little bit disappointing.