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Ryanair Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle
Cheltenham Free Bets
Grade 2, Cheltenham 16:50
£105,000 guaranteed,
4yo plus mares,
2m 179y, Class 1  
Thursday 16th March 2023


1 You Wear It Well 16/1
2 Magical Zoe 15/2
3 Halka Du Tabert 12/1
4 Luccia 6/4F
21 ran Distances: 2¾l, hd, 1l
Time: 4m 6.70s (slow by 9.70s)

Despite having a strong book of form to her name – including a second in the Challow Hurdle and a victory in the Grade Two Jayne Seymour last time out – You Wear It Well was sent off an easy to back 16-1, with 5-4 favourite Luccia was the only horse punters wanted to be on. 

Keen to put her proven stamina to good use Sheehan went straight to the front aboard the Jamie Snowden-trained six-year-old and never saw another rival as she showed a tremendous attitude to keep galloping and responding to her rider’s urgings when the pack began to bare down on her in the closing stages. 

Henry de Bromhead’s Magical Zoe performed with great credit to take the runner-up spot in the race named in memory of the trainer’s late son, who tragically lost his life in a pony racing accident in September.

An error at the last cost Tony Mullins’ Group One-winning Princess Zoe finishing any closer than fifth. 

The winner follows in the footsteps of Love Envoi who triumphed at Sandown before scoring at Prestbury Park, while for Snowden it was somewhat fitting that his second Festival success came in the same colours of Sir Chips Keswick as his maiden winner at the big meeting Present View, ending a long nine-year wait between drinks.

Trainers Quotes

Snowden said: “She’s following the Love Envoi route and is a very talented individual and also a strong stayer at that trip.

“With Honeysuckle retired who knows where she will end up?”

Sheehan added: “I love her, she is a diamond. She tanked the first furlong and a half and she did prick her ears the last time I rode her, but it was honestly poetry in motion today. I just filled her up and when something came on her outside her ears went back.

“We owe a lot to Jamie’s head girl who rides her all the time.

“She’s not easy at home and she will tear up, but once jumping she’s on her game and Jamie is the nicest man.”


Ryanair Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle
(Registered as the Dawn Run Novices' Hurdle)
Grade 2, £105,000 guaranteed, 4yo+ mares, 2m 179y, Class 1  
21 ran
Going: Soft, Good to Soft in places

1     You Wear It Well 6 11-7 Jamie Snowden Gavin Sheehan 16/1
Magical Zoe 5 11-7 Henry De Bromhead A P Heskin 15/2
hd Halka Du Tabert 6 11-2 Gordon Elliott Davy Russell 12/1
4 1 Luccia 5 11-7 Nicky Henderson Nico de Boinville 6/4F
nk Princess Zoe 8 11-2 Anthony Mullins Danny Mullins 9/1
Shecouldbeanything 6 11-2 Gordon Elliott Jordan Gainford 66/1
Endless Escape 7 11-2 Ben Clarke Ben Jones 125/1
Foxy Girl 5 11-2 Henry De Bromhead Rachael Blackmore 13/2
½ Mullenbeg 6 11-2 Milton Harris Harry Cobden 80/1
nk Ahorsewithnoname 8 11-2 Nicky Henderson Sean Bowen 25/1
3 Jetara 5 11-2 Mrs John Harrington Sean O'Keeffe 25/1
¾ Nikini 6 11-2 W P Mullins Mr P W Mullins 14/1
½ Ladybank 5 11-2 Henry De Bromhead Aidan Coleman 100/1
Lot Of Joy 5 11-2 W P Mullins P Townend 11/2
5 Still Ciel 6 11-2 Henry De Bromhead Shane Fitzgerald 250/1
10 The Model Kingdom 6 11-2 Noel Meade B J Cooper 33/1
Poetic Music 5 11-2 Fergal O'Brien Paddy Brennan 100/1
Inspiratrice 4 10-6 Nicky Martin Sam Twiston-Davies 300/1
19 nk Belle The Lioness 6 11-5 Henry De Bromhead Darragh O'Keeffe 40/1
7 Under Control 4 10-6 Nicky Henderson Mark Walsh 22/1
26 Banntown Girl 8 11-2 Stephen Gerard Carey Keith Donoghue 200/1

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Trull House Stud Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle Past Results

Year Winner Age/Wt Owner Trainer Jockey SP Ran

2022 Love Envoi 6 11-7 Noel Fehily Racing Syndicates Harry Fry Jonathan Burke 15/2 19

2021 Telmesomethinggirl 6 11-02 Kenneth Alexander Henry De Bromhead Rachael Blackmore 5/1 15

2020 Concertista 6-11-02 Simon Munir & Isaac Souede W P Mullins Daryl Jacob 9/2 22

2019 Eglantine du Seuil 5-11-02 Sullivan Bloodstock Limited Willie Mullins IRE Noel Fehily 50/1 22

2019-WINNER- DU SEUIL 5-11-02 Owner-Sullivan Bloodstock Limited; Trainer-Willie Mullins IRE; Jockey-Noel Fehily; SP-50/1
2ND-Concertista 5-11-02 Owner-Simon Munir & Isaac Souede; Trainer-Willie Mulllins IRE; Jockey-Danny Mullins; SP-66/1
3RD-Tintangle 6-11-05 Owner-Gigginstown House Stud; Trainer-Willie Mullins IRE; Jockey-Jack Kennedy; SP-40/1
22 ran, Time- 4m 51.09s, Dist-sh, 1¾ 15/8 Fav Epatante (9th)

2018-WINNER-LAURINA 5-11-07 Owner-Sullivan Bloodstock Limited; Trainer-Willie Mullins IRE; Jockey-Paul Townend; SP-4/7 Fav
2ND-Cap Soleil 5-11-07 Owner-Mrs S A Noott; Trainer-Fergal O’Brien; Jockey-Paddy Brennan; SP-10/1
3RD-Champayne Lady 6-11-02 Owner-Rory Connell; Trainer-Alan Fleming IRE; Jockey-Denis O’Regan; SP-80/1
14 ran, Time-4m 15.40s, Dist-18, sh

2017-WINNER-LET’S DANCE 5-11-07 Owner-Susannah Ricci; Trainer-Willie Mullins IRE; Jockey-Ruby Walsh; SP-11/8 Fav
2ND-Barra 6-11-02 Owner-Gigginstown House Stud; Trainer-Gordon Elliott IRE; Jockey-Bryan Cooper; SP-12/1
3RD-Dusky Legend 7-11-05 Owner-Richard & Lizzie Kelvin-Hughes; Trainer-Alan King; Jockey-Wayne Hutchinson; SP-20/1
16 ran, Time-4m 2.00s, Dist-2¾, nk

2016-WINNER-LIMINI 5-11-07 Owner-Susannah Ricci; Trainer-Willie Mullins IRE; Jockey-Ruby Walsh; SP-8/11 Fav
2ND-Dusky Legend 6-11-02 Owner-Richard & Lizzie Kelvin-Hughes; Trainer-Alan King; Jockey-Wayne Hutchinson; SP-50/1
3RD-Bloody Mary 5-11-07 Owner-J P McManus; Trainer-Nicky Henderson; Jockey-Barry Geraghty; SP-7/1
16 ran, Time-3m 58.00s, Dist-4½, 2½

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