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  • 12:20 Thoroughbred Breeders' Association Mares' Novices' Hurdle 2m 69y

  • (Listed) £23,500 added 4yo+ 6 ran
  • Winner £13,968 2nd £5,231 3rd £2,613 4th £1,304
  • Going: Good to Soft (Soft in places)
  • Surface: Turf
  • Winning time: 3m 55.70s
  • Off time: 12:20:42

La Bague Au Roi completes hat-trick at Newbury for Warren Greatrex

Last Updated: 26/11/16 6:14pm

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La Bague Au Roi is still unbeaten over hurdles

La Bague Au Roi is still unbeaten over hurdles

La Bague Au Roi made all in the Thoroughbred Breeders' Association Mares' Novices' Hurdle at Newbury to complete a hat-trick.

Warren Greatrex's mare was a smart bumper performer and has proved equally adept over hurdles, winning her first three starts.

Harry Bannister set out to make all aboard the daughter of Doctor Dino and timed the fractions perfectly as La Bague Au Roi had more than enough in the tank to see off the challenges of her rivals.

Both Copper Kay and Dusky Legend loomed large in her wing mirrors in the straight but never managed to get on terms as the 5/4 favourite lengthened clear to win by over three lengths.

She was chased home by market rival Dusky Legend who was conceding 3lb to the winner.

La Bague Au Roi was cut into 6/1 from 8/1 for the Trull House Stud Mares' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival with Sky Bet.

"After a really impressive performance from La Bague Au Roi we are now 6/1 from 8/1 for the Mares Novices' Hurdle," said Sky Bet's Michael Shinners. "The way she jumped and pulled clear from some good rivals suggests she is very much a mare on the upgrade."

Greatrex said: "It is amazing what a few hours can do. She was good. Like I've said all along, it is not ideal to keep leading, as she doesn't do a lot in front.

"But you can see the size and scope of her that there is no point making it a crawl.

"She will be better on better ground. Her jumping is getting so slick. I'd probably say she would have a break now and come back in the spring.

"She deserves to go there (Trull House) now. It just depends whether we go straight there or have a run before."

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