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Grade 1, Cheltenham 16:10
£120,000 added,
4yo plus,
2m 3f 200y, Class 1  
Tuesday 12th March 2019

1 Roksana 10/1
2 Stormy Ireland 7/1
3 Good Thyne Tara 25/1
14 ran NR: Mia's Storm Distances: 2¼l, 2l, 12l
Time: 5m 0.26s (slow by 23.26s)

Roksana wins after Benie Des Dieux falls at last

The Dan Skelton-trained Roksana benefited from the final-flight fall of 10/11 favourite Benie Des Dieux, trained by Willie Mullins, to land the G1 OLBG Mares' Hurdle.
 
Ridden by his brother Harry, the seven-year-old daughter of Dubai Destination kept on gamely up the Cheltenham hill to score by two and a half-lengths from Benie Des Dieux's stable companions Stormy Ireland and Good Thyne Tara, who was a further two lengths back in third.
 
Winning jockey Skelton, recording his second victory at The Festival overall, said: "Obviously I am the beneficiary of what happened - that's Jump racing. You are never home until you jump the last and luck has been on our side today. I hope Ruby and Benie Des Dieux are up OK.
 
"It is our first G1 winner and she is a good mare in her own right. You have to take days like these.
 
"It means the world to have a winner here. Nobody is afraid of saying that these are the four days when it really, really matters. 
 
"We have a long old year and this is what you work for. This is why I do it, for days like this. I have a dream job and am in a very lucky position.
 
"Fair play to Dan as he decided to stick to the plan in running here. He has always believed in Roksana and so have the rest of the team.
 
"She has stepped forward from her previous run. We're absolutely delighted and it means an awful lot."
 
Benie Des Dieux was reported to be fine after her fall at the last.

The OLBG Mares’ Hurdle
(For The David Nicholson Mares’ Trophy )
£120,000 added, 4yo plus, 2m 3f 200y, Class 1
14 ran
Going: Soft

Pos D Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st Roksana (IRE) 10/1 Harry Skelton
11-5
D Skelton 7
2nd Stormy Ireland (FR) 7/1 P Townend
11-5
W P Mullins 5
3rd 2 Good Thyne Tara 25/1 Rachael Blackmore
11-5
W P Mullins 9
4th 12 Lady Buttons 12/1 Thomas Dowson
11-5
P A Kirby 9
5th Slowmotion (FR) 50/1 B J Geraghty
11-5
Joseph P O'Brien 7
6th Elimay (FR) 16/1 M P Walsh
11-5
W P Mullins 5
7th hd Cap Soleil (FR) 20/1 P J Brennan
11-5
F O'Brien 6
8th Jester Jet 25/1 R T Dunne
11-5
Tom Lacey 9
9th 8 Momella (IRE) 20/1 N D Fehily
11-5
H Fry 7
10th 13 Alletrix (IRE) 50/1 R M Power
11-5
Mrs J Harrington 6
PU Lackaneen Leader (IRE) 50/1 D N Russell
11-5
G Elliott 7
PU Limini (IRE) 9/1 D J Mullins
11-5
W P Mullins 8
F Benie Des Dieux (FR) 10/11f R Walsh
11-5
W P Mullins 8
F Champayne Lady (IRE) 100/1 D Meyler
11-5
A Fleming 7
NR Mia's Storm (IRE) Wayne Hutchinson
11-5
A King 9

Mathematician Betting

OLBG MARES’ HURDLE PAST RESULTS

2018-WINNER-BENIE DES DIEUX 7-11-05 Owner-Susannah Ricci; Trainer-Willie Mullins IRE; Jockey-Ruby Walsh; SP-9/2
2ND-Midnight Tour 8-11-05 Owner-James & Jean Potter; Trainer-Alan King; Jockey-Davy Russell; SP-33/1
3RD-Apple’s Jade 6-11-05 Owner-Gigginstown House Stud; Trainer-Gordon Elliott IRE; Jockey-Jack Kennedy; SP-1/2 Fav
9 ran, Time-5m 10.10s; Dist-½, 1

2017-WINNER-APPLE’S JADE 5-11-05 Owner-Gigginstown House Stud; Trainer-Gordon Elliott IRE; Jockey-Bryan Cooper; SP-7/2
2ND-Vroum Vroum Mag 8-11-05 Owner-Susannah Ricci; Trainer-Willie Mullins IRE; Jockey-Paul Townend; SP-11/4
3RD-Limini 6-11-05 Owner-Susannah Ricci; Trainer-Willie Mullins IRE; Jockey-Ruby Walsh; SP-6/4 Fav 17 ran, Time-4m 50.20s; Dist-11⁄2, ns

2016-WINNER-VROUM VROUM MAG 7-11-05 Owner-Susannah Ricci; Trainer-Willie Mullins IRE; Jockey-Ruby Walsh; SP-4/6 Fav
2ND-Rock On The Moor 8-11-05 Owner-R Irwin; Trainer-Jessica Harrington IRE; Jockey-Robbie Power; SP-66/1
3RD-Legacy Gold 8-11-05 Owner-Roger Brookhouse; Trainer-Stuart Crawford IRE; Jockey-Andrew Lynch; SP-40/1
19 ran, Time-4m 45.00s; Dist-23⁄4, 1⁄2

2015-WINNER-GLENS MELODY 7-11-05 Owner-Fiona McStay; Trainer-Willie Mullins IRE; Jockey-Paul Townend; SP-6/1
2ND-Polly Peachum 7-11-05 Owner-Lady Tennant; Trainer-Nicky Henderson; Jockey-Barry Geraghty; SP-9/1
3RD-Bitofapuzzle 7-11-05 Owner-Chris Giles & Potensis Bloodstock Ltd; Trainer-Harry Fry; Jockey-Noel Fehily; SP-16/1
15 ran, Time-4m 51.10s; Dist-hd, nk 1/2 Fav Annie Power (Fell)

2014-WINNER-QUEVEGA 10-11-05 Owner-Hammer & Trowel Syndicate; Trainer-Willie Mullins IRE; Jockey-Ruby Walsh; SP- 8/11 Fav
2ND-Glens Melody 6-11-05 Owner-Fiona McStay; Trainer-Willie Mullins IRE; Jockey-Paul Townend; SP-14/1
3RD-L’Unique 5-11-05 Owner-Denis Barry; Trainer-Alan King; Jockey-Robert Thornton; SP-25/1
16 ran, Time-4m 44.60s; Dist-¾, ¾

2013-WINNER-QUEVEGA 9-11-05 Owner-Hammer & Trowel Syndicate; Trainer-Willie Mullins IRE; Jockey-Ruby Walsh; SP- 8/11 Fav
2ND-Sirene D'Ainay 7-11-05 Owner-Stephane Milaveau; Trainer-Emmanuel Clayeux FR; Jockey-Jonathan Plouganou; SP-33/1
3RD-Swincombe Flame 7-11-00 Owner-Yeo Racing Partnership; Trainer-Nick Williams; Jockey-Daryl Jacob; SP-40/1
19 ran, Time-4m 55.46s Dist-1½, 2

2012-WINNER-QUEVEGA 8-11-05 Owner-Hammer & Trowel Syndicate; Trainer-Willie Mullins IRE; Jockey-Ruby Walsh; SP- 4/7 Fav
2ND Kentford Grey Lady 6-11-00 Owner-Ian Bare; Trainer-Emma Lavelle; Jockey-Noel Fehily; SP-14/1
3RD Golden Sunbird 8-11-03 Owner-Jim Mernagh; Trainer-Paul Nolan IRE; Jockey-Robbie Power; SP-66/1
19 ran, Time-4m 51.30s Dist-4, nk

2011-WINNER-QUEVEGA 7-11-05 Owner-Hammer & Trowel Syndicate; Trainer-Willie Mullins IRE; Jockey-Ruby Walsh; SP-5/6 Fav
2ND Sparky May 6-11-05 Owner-Bill Muddyman; Trainer-Pat Rodford; Jockey-Keiran Burke; SP-4/1
3RD Ocean Transit 6-11-00 Owner-Ocean’s Five; Trainer-Richard Price; Jockey-David Bass; SP-50/1
14 ran, Time-4m 48.08s Dist-10, 1

2010-WINNER-QUEVEGA 6-11-05 Owner-Hammer & Trowel Syndicate; Trainer-Willie Mullins IRE; Jockey-Ruby Walsh; SP-6/4 Fav
2ND Carole’s Legacy 6-11-00 Owner-Paul Murphy; Trainer-Nicky Henderson; Jockey-Andrew Tinkler; SP-20/1
3RD Voler La Vedette 6-11-05 Owner-Mrs M Brophy; Trainer-Colm Murphy IRE; Jockey-Barry Geraghty; SP-9/4
17 ran, Time-4m 45.40s Dist-4½, 1¼

2009-WINNER-QUEVEGA 5-11-03 Owner-Hammer & Trowel Syndicate; Trainer-Willie Mullins IRE; Jockey-Ruby Walsh; SP-2/1 Fav
2ND United 8-11-05 Owner-R B Holt; Trainer-Lucy Wadham; Jockey-Dominic Elsworth; SP-100/30
3RD Aura About You 6-11-00 Owner-Jim Mernagh; Trainer-Paul Nolan IRE; Jockey-Alain Cawley; SP-28/1 21 ran, Time-4m 55.20s Dist-14, sh

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