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Grade 2, Cheltenham 16:50
£90,000 added,
4yo plus mares,
2m 179y, Class 1  
Thursday 14th March 2019

1 Eglantine Du Seuil 50/1
2 Concertista 66/1
3 Tintangle 40/1
4 Black Tears 25/1
22 ran Distances: shd, 1¾l, hd
Time: 4m 2.74s (slow by 8.74s)

Eglantine Du Seuil wins, Concertista second - and both at HUGE prices with the winner 50/1

Noel Fehily steered 50/1 shot Eglantine Du Seuil to victory, before announcing he intends to retire in the coming weeks.
 
Trained by Willie Mullins, who has now won all four renewals of the £90,000 extended two-mile event (Limini 2016, Let's Dance 2017 & Laurina 2018), the five-year-old daughter of Saddler Maker got up on the line to record a short-head success from 66/1 stable companion Concertista.
 
Discussing the race, Fehily said: "I was fairly sure Eglantine Du Seuil's head was down on the line. I would have been very disappointed if I hadn't got up as I have come from a very long way back.
 
"Ruby Walsh said to me beforehand that she was very keen, so I dropped her right in. I was a long way back, but she was very tough and very hardy. She hasn't had a lot of racing but she ran well last time out, which was good form at Listowel in September.
 
"We weren't sure if that form at Listowel flattered her or whether she was that good and it turns out, she was that good!
 
"She will probably get further, but I think a fast-run two miles would really suit her as she is quite keen. She's a hardy little thing who enjoys coming through horses and her heart is as big as herself."
 
Fehily has ridden seven Cheltenham Festival winners in total. That includes G1 Unibet Champion Hurdle victories aboard Rock On Ruby (2012) and Buveur D'Air (2017) and a thrilling win aboard Special Tiara (2017) in the G1 Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase.
 
The 43-year-old continued: "This is going to be my last Festival as I am getting a bit old for this job - that will be it now.
 
"I am not getting any younger and it's a young man's game. I've been thinking about retiring for a couple of weeks. I wasn't well for a while and I just thought t was time to let the young lads get on with it.
 
"I have spoken to my agent Chris Broad who has been brilliant and my wife and kids. I haven't spoken to the trainers I ride for, so it will probably be in a couple of weeks, but we'll play it by ear.
 
"This is going to be my last Festival and I was obviously hoping I would get a winner here to be able to say it. Cheltenham is a very hard place to get a winner and you can't take it for granted.
 
"I won't forget this victory. I've had great support over the years and I've enjoyed every minute of it. I suppose I have to start working now!
 
"It has been a fantastic time. I love riding horses, but it's time to let everyone else get on with it."

National Hunt Breeders supported by Tattersalls Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle
(Registered as the Dawn Run Novices' Hurdle)
Grade 2, £90,000 added, 4yo+ mares, 2m 179y, Class 1  
22 ran
Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places

Pos D Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st Eglantine Du Seuil (FR) 50/1 N D Fehily
11-2
W P Mullins 5
2nd s.h Concertista (FR) 66/1 D E Mullins
11-2
W P Mullins 5
3rd Tintangle (IRE) 40/1 J W Kennedy
11-5
G Elliott 6
4th hd Black Tears 25/1 D N Russell
11-2
G Elliott 5
5th Indefatigable (IRE) 33/1 G Sheehan
11-2
P R Webber 6
6th hd Elfile (FR) 50/1 P Townend
11-2
W P Mullins 5
7th 3 Presidente Line (FR) 100/1 A Poirier
11-5
A Couetil 5
8th 1 Posh Trish (IRE) 3/1 H Cobden
11-7
P F Nicholls 6
9th nk Epatante (FR) 15/8f B J Geraghty
11-2
N J Henderson 5
10th hd Queenohearts (IRE) 10/1 C Gethings
11-2
Stuart Edmunds 6
11th ¾ Buildmeupbuttercup 66/1 B Hayes
11-2
W P Mullins 5
12th hd Court Maid (IRE) 100/1 D J Mullins
11-5
T Mullins 6
13th s.h My Sister Sarah (IRE) 13/2 R Walsh
11-2
W P Mullins 5
14th 10 Elusive Belle (IRE) 20/1 Mr S Waley-Cohen
11-2
N J Henderson 5
15th Lust For Glory (IRE) 20/1 Nico de Boinville
11-2
N J Henderson 6
16th Diamond Gait 100/1 David Bass
11-2
K C Bailey 6
17th Allez Dance (FR) 40/1 D A Jacob
11-2
W P Mullins 5
18th 10 Awayinthewest (IRE) 100/1 J S McGarvey
11-5
P A Fahy 7
19th 12 Sinoria (IRE) 11/1 Rachael Blackmore
11-7
H De Bromhead 6
PU Sancta Simona (FR) 20/1 M P Walsh
11-7
W P Mullins 6
PU Dame du Soir (FR) 100/1 T Scudamore
11-2
D G Bridgwater 6
PU Emily Moon (IRE) 25/1 R M Power
11-2
Mrs J Harrington 5

Trull House Stud Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle Past Results

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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