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  • 14:20 Season's Greetings From totepool Mares' Novices' Hurdle 2m 1f

  • (Listed) £20,000 added 3yo+ 7 ran
  • Winner £11,546 2nd £4,334 3rd £2,170 4th £1,082
  • Going: Heavy
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 4m 16.00s
  • Off time: 14:20:31

Full result

14:20 Taunton Result 30th December 2013
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st Down Ace (IRE) 11-2 D C Costello F M O'Brien 6 7/2
Chased leaders, went 3rd approaching and hit 2 out, led before last, ridden and narrow advantage when edged left briefly 100 yards out, driven to hold on opened 7/2 touched 7/2
2nd nk Blue Buttons (IRE) 11-2 Ryan Mahon H Fry 5 7/2
Chased leader until 3 out, chased leading pair, went 2nd again before 2 out, ridden and upsides last, every chance under pressure flat, just held opened 9/2 touched 9/2
3rd 11 As I Am (IRE) 11-7 Conor Shoemark D E Cantillon 5 Evsf
Jumped left, kept slight advantage when joined after 3 out, hung right and headed before 2 out, ridden and headed before last, dropped to 3rd and blundered last, weakened flat opened evs touched 11/10
4th 5 Dolores Delightful (FR) 10-3 R Johnson Nick Williams 3 10/1
Took keen hold, held up, headway to chase leaders 5th, went 2nd 3 out, joined leader and challenged soon after, lost 2nd before 2 out, no extra in 4th soon after opened 8/1 touched 10/1
5th Miner Distraction 11-2 Nick Scholfield J Scott 5 66/1
Held up in rear, pushed along in 5th after 3 out, soon outpaced opened 66/1 touched 66/1
6th 17 Neston Grace 11-2 J M Davies S Hodgson 5 33/1
Took keen hold tracking leaders, pushed along before 6th, weakened before next, tailed off opened 33/1 touched 33/1
7th 19 Roja Dove (IRE) 11-5 Trevor Whelan N B King 4 25/1
Chased leaders, weakened before 3 out, tailed off opened 20/1 touched 25/1

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £4.10 Tote Place: £2.10,2.10
Straight Forecast: £15.44 Exacta: £15.40 Trifecta: £22.90 Swingers: 1&2:1.10 2&3:1.90 1&3:1.30

Jackpot: £26,990.28 carried forward to Lingfield Park, 31st Dec
Placepot: £553.40, Pool: £100257.42, 132.25 winning tickets
Quadpot: £36.10, Pool: £13489.03, 276.5 winning tickets

Verdict

Fergal O'Brien: "She's a very tough mare. She surprised us when she won at Cheltenham first time out - that showed us what a good mare she is. She's got such a good attitude and takes her race very well. She's been a great flagship for the yard. We'll have a chat and see where we go with her now."

Dougie Costello: "Even though she wouldn't overly enjoy this ground, she is tough."