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14:05 Cheltenham

Thoroughbred Breeders' Association Mares' Novices' Hurdle (Listed) (Class 1)

  • 7 Runners
  • Distance: 2m 4f 56y
  • Going: Good (Watered)
  • Surface: Turf
  • £20,000 added
  • Winner: £11,390
  • 2nd: £4,274
  • 3rd: £2,140
  • 4th: £1,066
Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 4m 55.80s
  • Off Time: 14:06:04
  • 7 Ran
1
Silk - Dark Blue, White armlets
  • Form 11413P
  • Age 5
  • Weight 11-5
  • Official Rating 138

tracked leaders on inside, 2nd 4th until after 6th, not fluent 2 out, 4th and outpaced before last, no extra flat

2
Silk - Violet and white check, white cap
  • Form 111130
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-5
  • Official Rating 138

tracked leader, led before 3rd, headed 3 out, lost place after 2 out, weakened before last, pulled up before last

3
Silk - Grey, White epaulets
2/1
  • Form 2-11223
  • Age 7
  • Weight 11-3
  • Official Rating 139

held up in 5th, closed from 4th, challenged 2 out, ridden to lead last, stayed on, headed close home

4
Silk - Royal Blue, Yellow inverted triangle, armlets and diamonds on cap
  • Form 326U1
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-0

tracked leaders, 2nd after 6th, led 3 out, ridden and headed when not fluent last, rallied flat, led close home

5
Silk - Yellow and Brown stripes, Light Blue sleeves, Yellow cap

Naranja

47 t
66/1
  • Form 1-3234
  • Age 5
  • Weight 11-0

led until before 3rd, stayed handy, lost place 6th, weakened before 2 out, tailed off

7
Silk - LIGHT BLUE, WHITE cross belts, RED cap
  • Form 14U114
  • Age 5
  • Weight 11-0
  • Official Rating 136

held up in rear, closed before 3 out, tracking leaders going well from after 2 out until switched left before last, ridden and not quicken flat, no impression inside final 100 yards

8
Silk - Red, Royal Blue cross belts, diabolo on sleeves, Royal Blue cap
  • Form 821211
  • Age 4
  • Weight 10-8
  • Official Rating 130

in rear on outside, niggled along after 3rd, hit 4th, struggling to keep up from next, well beaten before 2 out, tailed off

6
NR
  • Form 356421
  • Age 5
  • Weight 11-0

NonRunner

Previous results

In depth

Verdict

Nicky Henderson has inherited Casablanca Mix from Emmanuel Clayeux but she struggled to cope in this grade in France and her new stablemate VERDANA BLUE is more interesting. Only a neck behind Dusky Legend in a Grade 2 at The Festival here last month when Coillte Lass was well behind, she is more straightforward than her old rival and capable of reversing the placings. Deauville Crystal has made giant strides since upped in trip and the four-year-old can also make her presence felt while there should be more to come from Brillare Momento now she’s got her head in front.

Formwatch

Casablanca Mix (FR) (10-10) at Auteuil 2m 2f sft in Nov.

Coillte Lass (IRE) 28-1 (11-7) Mid-division, ridden and brief effort after 2 out, no impression, weakening when not much room before last, 11th of 16, 22 1/4l behind Let's Dance (11-7) at Cheltenham 2m 1f (1) gd in Mar.

Dusky Legend 20-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, not fluent 2nd, every chance between last 2, unable to quicken last, kept on under pressure flat, 3rd of 16, 3l behind Let's Dance (11-7) at Cheltenham 2m 1f (1) gd in Mar.

Brillare Momento (IRE) 2-1fav (10-12) Mid-division, headway from 7th, challenged 2 out, soon led, stayed on well, comfortably, won at Southwell 2m 4f (4) gd in Mar beating Swatow (10-12) by 3 1/4l, 10 ran.

Naranja 11-1 (10-12) Chased winner until after 1st, stayed handy, not fluent 4th, niggled along 7th, last 4 out, soon weakened, 4th of 5, dist behind Lastbutnotleast (10-12) at Doncaster 3m lst (1) sft in Mar.

Verdana Blue (IRE) 25-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, led between last 2, headed last, soon edged right, kept on under pressure, no extra close home, 4th of 16, 3 1/4l behind Let's Dance (11-7) at Cheltenham 2m 1f (1) gd in Mar.

Deauville Crystal (FR) 6-5fav (10-7) Chased leaders, not fluent and lost ground 4th, closed 3 out, soon led, headed before next, led again before last, stayed on well to draw clear flat, won at Warwick 2m hcp fll (2) sft in Mar beating Giveaway Glance (10-6) by 3 1/4l, 6 ran.

Smaoineamh Alainn (IRE) 3-1 (10-12) With leader, went on 4 out, drew readily clear before last, comfortably, won at Chepstow 2m (4) sft in Mar beating Multigifted (10-5) by 8l, 10 ran.