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David Nicholson Mares Only Hurdle - Tuesday March 10th 2009 

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Favourite Quevega Dominates David Nicholson Mares’ Hurdle
10/03/09

 

1st (8) Quevega 2/1 fav
2nd (6) United 100/30
3rd (10) Aura About You 28/1

 

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Quevega

Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh got off the mark at the Cheltenham Festival when Quevega ran out a seriously impressive winner of the David Nicholson Mares' Hurdle.

Mullins had stated before the meeting that he believed the five-year-old was his best chance of a winner all week - and she did not disappoint.

Walsh oozed confidence and tracked Chomba Womba before moving into contention at the second-last. Once he pressed the button, the 2-1 favourite scooted clear to leave daylight back to runner-up United, who was thumped by 14 lengths.

Mullins said: "I don't know what happened at the start - she was last when the tapes went up, but luckily they didn't go a gallop for the first mile. Once Ruby got her into the race, she was fine.

"I thought she was my best chance of the week but I was surprised by the margin of the win. She's a very good mare - at least she's proved she's the business."

Walsh added: "We felt under a bit of pressure with everyone saying she was a good thing, but she's a wonderful little mare.

"The race didn't go exactly as I hoped it would. I wanted to sit fifth or sixth, but for whatever reason at the start she didn't want to line up, so I was further back than I wanted.

"But she stretched her little legs, she's a great jumper and she's a little star. She pinged the second-last and I was probably in front too soon, but she was running away with me."

 

Position
Horse
Trainer
Jockey
Weight
Starting Price
Beaten Distance
1
Quevega
W P Mullins
R Walsh
11st 3lbs
2 - 1
Winner
2
United
Mrs L Wadham
D Elsworth
11st 5lbs
10 - 3
14 lengths
3
Aura About You
P Nolan
A P Cawley
11st 0lbs
28 - 1
Short Head
4
Over Sixty
A King
R Thornton
11st 0lbs
25 - 1
3/4 length
5
Gaspara
D Pipe
T Scudamore
11st 0lbs
16 - 1
Head
6
How's Business
C J Mann
N Fehily
11st 0lbs
100 - 1
6 lengths
7
Chomba Womba
N J Henderson
B J Geraghty
11st 5lbs
6 - 1
2 lengths
8
Sweetheart
Jamie Poulton
Matthew Batchelor
11st 0lbs
28 - 1
3/4 length
9
Issaquah
J M Jefferson
P Kinsella
11st 0lbs
66 - 1
1 1/4 length
10
Give It Time
Mrs J Harrington
A D Leigh
11st 5lbs
20 - 1
3/4 length
11
Carole's Legacy
N J Henderson
A P McCoy
11st 0lbs
12 - 1
3/4 length
12
Amber Brook
N A Twiston-Davies
P J Brennan
11st 0lbs
33 - 1
9 lengths
13
Megans Joy
C A Murphy
M M O'connor
11st 5lbs
40 - 1
1 1/4 length
14
Wychwoods Legend
M Keighley
W Marston
11st 0lbs
100 - 1
1 3/4 length
15
Oscar Rebel
W J Burke
P Carberry
11st 5lbs
14 - 1
2 3/4 lengths
16
Shenanigan
W K Goldsworthy
B Wharfe
11st 0lbs
150 - 1
17 lengths
17
Gallileo Figaro
N B King
Alex Merriam
11st 0lbs
150 - 1
13 lengths
na
Helens Vision
Tim Vaughan
S E Durack
11st 3lbs
50 - 1
na
Purely By Chance
J Pearce
W Hutchinson
10st 5lbs
200 - 1
na
Dansimar
Miss V Williams
A Coleman
11st 0lbs
16 - 1
na
Pagan Starprincess
G M Moore
F Keniry
11st 5lbs
50 - 1
       

THE DAVID NICHOLSON MARES’ HURDLE
Class 1, Grade 2, £100,000 Total prize fund, 4.40pm, Tuesday, March 10, 2009. Two miles about four and a half furlongs. For four-year-olds and upwards, Fillies and Mares only. Weights: 4-y-o 10st 5lb; 5-y-o and upwards 11st. Penalties: after September 30, 2007, a winner of a Class 2 weight-for-age hurdle race or Class 1 handicap hurdle race 3lb; of a class 1 weight-for-age hurdle race 5lb. Entries closed February 24, entries revealed February 26 (33 entries), six-day confirmations March 4, final declaration 10.00am March 9. Form figures supplied by Weatherbys and are correct up to and including the racing of Monday, February 23.

No. Form Horse Age Wt Trainer Jockey
1 13-1132 Chomba Womba (IRE) 8 11,5 N J Henderson B J Geraghty
2 U-13313 Give It Time 6 11,5 Mrs J Harrington A D Leigh
3 4-40146 Megans Joy (IRE) 7 11,5 C A Murphy M M O'Connor
4 111-832 Oscar Rebel (IRE) 7 11,5 W J Burke P Carberry
5 5-2P113 Pagan Starprincess 5 11,5 G M Moore F Keniry
6 1143/11 United (GER) 8 11,5 Mrs L Wadham D Elsworth
7 051636 Helens Vision 6 11,3 Tim Vaughan S E Durack
8 119-31 Quevega (FR) 5 11,3 W P Mullins R Walsh
9 3F-5124 Amber Brook (IRE) 8 11,0 N A Twiston-Davies P J Brennan
10 07-1432 Aura About You (IRE) 6 11,0 P Nolan A P Cawley
11 11-211 Carole's Legacy 5 11,0 N J Henderson A P McCoy
12 11-5712 Dansimar 5 11,0 Miss V Williams A Coleman
13 426116 Gallileo Figaro (USA) 6 11,0 N B King Alex Merriam
14 33496-5 Gaspara (FR) 6 11,0 D Pipe T Scudamore
15 21-PP17 How's Business 5 11,0 C J Mann N Fehily
16 21-1140 Issaquah (IRE) 7 11,0 J M Jefferson P Kinsella
17 56-1222 Over Sixty 6 11,0 A King R Thornton
18 33157 Shenanigan 8 11,0 W K Goldsworthy B Wharfe
19 141-224 Sweetheart 5 11,0 Jamie Poulton Matthew Batchelor
20 620212 Wychwoods Legend 6 11,0 M Keighley W Marston
21 1744 Purely By Chance 4 10,5 J Pearce W Hutchinson

21 runners

 

DAVID NICHOLSON MARES’ HURDLE RACE FACTS AND FIGURES

1. This year sees the second running of the Grade Two David Nicholson Mares’ Hurdle, named in memory of the legendary Cotswold-based jockey and trainer, who passed away in August, 2006.

2. “The Duke” enjoyed five successes at The Festival as a jockey between 1963 and 1973, but is best known for his 17 victories as a trainer, including successes in the Seasons Holidays Queen Mother Champion Chase (1994 & 1995 Viking Flagship), Ladbrokes World Hurdle (Anzum 1999) and totesport Gold Cup (1988 Charter Party).

3. Nicholson became the first trainer for more than 50 years to saddle three winners in a day at The Festival when Putty Road (Ballymore Properties Novices’ Hurdle), Viking Flagship (Seasons Holidays Queen Mother Champion Chase) and Kadi (Racing Post Plate) all triumphed on March 15, 1995.

4. The first running was won by Whiteoak, trained by Donald McCain, who prevailed by a short-head from Refinement in a thrilling finish.

 

DAVID NICHOLSON MARES’ HURDLE PAST RESULTS

2008-WINNER-WHITEOAK 5-11-00 Owner-Brendan Richardson; Trainer-Donald McCain Jnr; Jockey-Jason Maguire; SP-20/1
2ND Refinement 9-11-05 Owner-Michael Tabor; Trainer-Jonjo O’Neill; Jockey-Tony McCoy; 10/1
3RD Chomba Womba 7-11-05 Owner-Richard & Lizzie Kelvin Hughes; Trainer-Nicky Henderson; Jockey-Mick Fitzgerald; SP-100/30 Fav
13 ran, Time-5m 1.40s Dist-sh, 2½

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