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16:10 Cheltenham

Close Brothers Mares' Hurdle (Grade 1) (Registered As The David Nicholson Mares' Hurdle) (Class 1)

  • 9 Runners
  • Distance: 2m 3f 200y
  • Going: Soft (Heavy in places)
  • Surface: Turf
  • £120,000 added
  • Winner: £67,524
  • 2nd: £25,440
  • 3rd: £12,732
  • 4th: £6,360
Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 5m 8.73s
  • Off Time: 16:10:54
  • 9 Ran
1st
Silk -
3rd
Silk -
1
Silk - Pink, Light Green spots, Pink sleeves and cap
  • Form 11/F-111
  • Age 9
  • Weight 11-5
  • Official Rating 162

tracked leaders, switched outside 2 out, soon poised to challenge, every chance last, ridden and kept on under pressure flat, always just held

2
Silk - Dark blue, white seams, diabolo on sleeves, red cap
66/1
  • Form 212/70-5
  • Age 7
  • Weight 11-5
  • Official Rating 130

held up in last pair, outpaced before 2 out, never able to challenge, weakened before last

4
Silk - Black, Red star, Red sleeves, Black armlets, Red cap
100/1
  • Form 0-01114
  • Age 5
  • Weight 11-5
  • Official Rating 133

went left 1st, held up in last pair, driven before 3 out, lost touch before next, tailed off

5
Silk - Light blue, white spots, striped sleeves, red cap
16/1
  • Form 62-1121
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-5
  • Official Rating 151

led to 2nd, remained prominent, driven and lost place after 2 out, soon outpaced, went 3rd before last, kept on, no chance with front pair

6
Silk - Light Blue, White spots, striped sleeves and spots on cap
9/4
  • Form 111-111
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-5
  • Official Rating 158

always prominent, shaken up to lead on inside turning in, soon ridden, big jump last, stayed under pressure flat, held on gamely

7
Silk - Purple, White triple diamond, diamonds on sleeves, quartered cap

Lady Buttons

45 p D
20/1
  • Form 42-1411
  • Age 10
  • Weight 11-5
  • Official Rating 150

tracked leaders, driven after 3 out, lost place when ridden after next, weakened before last

8
Silk - White, Black spots, Black and Gold quartered cap

Popong (IRE)

115 D
66/1
  • Form 1-21532
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-5
  • Official Rating 134

held up mid-division, lost place approaching 2 out, soon behind, weakened before last

9
Silk - Pink, Royal Blue chevron, halved sleeves, Royal Blue cap
12/1
  • Form 312-252
  • Age 8
  • Weight 11-5
  • Official Rating 152

held up mid-division, tracked leaders before 2 out, outpaced turning in, soon ridden, kept on same pace in 4th from last, never on terms

10
Silk - Red, pink hoop and armlets
  • Form 2-26111
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-5
  • Official Rating 153

led 2nd, joined before 5th, driven and headed turning in, no impression when lost place before last, weakened flat

3
NR
  • Form 75-4163
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-5
  • Official Rating 126

NonRunner

Previous results

In depth

Verdict

Unbeaten to date and with three Grade 1 victories to her name, Honeysuckle would have been a hot favourite for this most years but BENIE DES DIEUX would have won this easily last year had she not taken off a stride too soon jumping the last. She won the contest in 2018 when having her first run over hurdles for Willie Mullins and looked as good as ever in her prep run at Gowran in January, her first outing since May. Her yard also run Stormy Ireland and Elfile and both are capable of picking up some place money. Roksana was the one to profit from the selection’s mishap 12 months ago and she was more like her old self when second here in January. Lady Buttons has been a fabulous servant to Phil Kirby but she was only fourth last year.

Formwatch

Benie Des Dieux (FR) Evensfav (11-3) Tracked leaders, 3rd travelling well before 3 out, led after 3 out, went well clear from 2 out, stayed on strongly run-in, very easily, impressive, won at Gowran Park 3m (1) Soft - Heavy in Jan beating Penhill (11-3) by 21l, 6 ran.

Cap Soleil (FR) 7-2cfav (11-0) Held up towards rear, took keen hold, headway 4 out, pushed along after 3 out, weakened from 2 out, 5th of 8, 20 1/4l behind Indefatigable (11-2) at Warwick 2m 5f lst (1) gs in Feb.

Desaray Girl (FR) 7-1 (11-7) Chased leaders, not fluent 1st, weakened 2 out (normal 3 out, 4th of 6, 33 1/4l behind Emmas Joy (11-2) at Warwick 2m 3f (1) hvy in Feb.

Elfile (FR) 6-4 (11-3) Disputed lead, headed 3rd and chased leader in close 2nd, improved to lead after 3 out, ridden after next, strongly pressed approaching last, stayed on well run-in, won at Punchestown 2m 4f (1) hvy in Feb beating Black Tears (10-11) by 2 1/2l, 5 ran.

Honeysuckle 8-11fav (11-3) Tracked leaders on outer, took keen hold early and soon 2nd, not fluent at 2nd, travelling well entering straight, led before last, ridden and joined briefly after last, rallied to lead inside final furlong, pressed close home, kept on well, won at Leopardstown 2m (1) Yielding in Feb beating Darver Star (11-10) by 1/2l, 9 ran.

Lady Buttons 6-4jfav (11-6) Held up in 4th place, challenged on bit 2 out, led run-in, soon hung right, ridden and quickened clear, impressive, won at Doncaster 2m 1f (1) gs in Jan beating Irish Roe (11-0) by 2 3/4l, 6 ran.

Popong (IRE) 7-1 (11-6) Rear of mid-division on inner, headway into 5th 3 out, ridden in 4th entering straight, disputed lead briefly before last, mistake and headed at last, kept on under pressure inside final furlong, 2nd of 9, 1/2l behind Anything Will Do (11-1) at Punchestown 2m sft in Nov.

Roksana (IRE) 7-2 (10-13) Raced keenly, held up in touch, effort to challenge last, stayed on, no impression on winner final 75 yards, 2nd of 6, 2 1/4l behind Summerville Boy (11-0) at Cheltenham 2m 4f (1) sft in Jan.

Stormy Ireland (FR) 3-10fav (11-1) Tracked leader in 2nd and raced clear of remainder, improved to dispute lead briefly 3 out, close 2nd entering straight, led 2 out and pushed along, soon went clear, stayed on well run-in, comfortably, won at Naas 2m (1) Yielding - Soft in Jan beating Franco De Port (11-3) by 6l, 7 ran.

Crossgalesfamegame (IRE) 11-2 (11-6) Held up in mid-division, headway chasing leaders 3 out, outpaced before last, plugged on run-in, 3rd of 10, 1 3/4l behind Bond's Lover (11-0) at Newbury 2m 5f (4) hvy in Jan.