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

Apple's Jade headlines 30 entries for the £120,000 G1 OLBG Mares' Hurdle at Cheltenham on the opening day of The Festival™ presented by Magners, Champion Day, Tuesday, March 12.
 
Apple's Jade
 
Apple's Jade (Gordon Elliott IRE), who won the OLBG Mares' Hurdle (2m 3f 200y) in 2017, could only finish third last year as Benie Des Dieux gained the spoils and gave her trainer Willie Mullins a remarkable ninth victory in the race, which was first run in 2008.
 
Apple's Jade, one of the 14 Irish-trained entries, is unbeaten this season and on her two most recent outings has recorded wide-margin successes in the G1 Hatton's Grace Hurdle at Fairyhouse and G1 Christmas Hurdle at Leopardstown, staged over two and a half miles and three miles respectively.
 
Her trainer Gordon Elliott said: "Apple's Jade is in good form.
 
"She runs next in the Irish Champion Hurdle at the Dublin Racing Festival [Leopardstown, February 1].
 
"She will do a bit of work next week and, all being well, that is her next target.

Trainers Quotes

"She is a very good mare who does her best work on the track.
 
"Apple's Jade is more than likely to go for the OLBG Mares' Hurdle at Cheltenham, a race she has won before. 

"She has an entry in the Champion Hurdle, but I think it will be very doubtful that she will go there."
 
Mullins' six-strong team also includes rising star Laurina, though she is currently being aimed at the Unibet Champion Hurdle. The 2017 OLBG Mares' Hurdle third Limini and Leopardstown G3 scorer Good Thyne Tara are also engaged.
 
The home challenge for the OLBG Mares' Hurdle features prolific hurdler and chaser Lady Buttons (Phil Kirby), Roksana (Dan Skelton), who was second in G1 company at Aintree's Randox Health Grand National Festival last spring, as well as promising novices Queenohearts (Stuart Edmunds) and Mega Yeats (Ruth Jefferson).

The OLBG Mares’ Hurdle
(For The David Nicholson Mares’ Trophy )
£120,000 added, 4yo plus, 2m 3f 200y, Class 1
30 entries
Scratchings deadline February 12, £6,000 supplementary entry stage & six-day confirmation stage March 6, final declarations 10am, March 10. Maximum number of runners 24.

Horse
Age
Owner
Trainer
ALLETRIX (IRE)
6
Sally Rowley-Williams
Jessica Harrington IRE
ALSA MIX (FR)
7
June Watts
Alan King  
APPLE'S JADE (FR)
7
Gigginstown House Stud
Gordon Elliott IRE
APPLE'S SHAKIRA (FR)
5
J P McManus
Nicky Henderson  
BENIE DES DIEUX (FR)
8
Susannah Ricci
Willie Mullins IRE
CAP SOLEIL (FR)
6
Mrs S A Noott
Fergal O'Brien  
CHAMPAYNE LADY (IRE)
7
Rory Connell
Alan Fleming IRE
ELIMAY (FR)
5
J P McManus
Willie Mullins IRE
FLORAL BOUQUET
6
The Picnic Party
Jamie Snowden  
FORGE MEADOW (IRE)
7
Joseph M Doyle
Jessica Harrington IRE
GOOD THYNE TARA
9
Nigel King
Willie Mullins IRE
IF YOU SAY RUN (IRE)
7
Highclere T'Bred Racing If You Say Run
Paul Nicholls  
INDIAN OPERA
7
Jo Tracey & Friends
Iain Jardine  
KALAHARI QUEEN
6
Sir Chips Keswick
Jamie Snowden  
LACKANEEN LEADER (IRE)
7
Mrs C Walsh/Grant Mercer
Gordon Elliott IRE
LADY BUTTONS
9
Jayne Sivills
Philip Kirby  
LAURINA (FR)
6
Sullivan Bloodstock Limited
Willie Mullins IRE
LIBERTY BELLA
5
Brian Eckley
Brian Eckley  
LIMINI (IRE)
8
Susannah Ricci
Willie Mullins IRE
MEGA YEATS (IRE)
5
The Mount Fawcus Partnership
Ruth Jefferson  
MIA'S STORM (IRE)
9
The Maple Street Partnership
Alan King  
MIDNIGHT-REFERENDUM
6
Robert Abrey & Ian Thurtle
Alan King  
MISSY TATA (FR)
7
Simon Munir/Isaac Souede
Gordon Elliott IRE
MOMELLA (IRE)
7
Holt, Clark, Macnabb, Nugent & Robinson
Harry Fry  
QUEENOHEARTS (IRE)
6
The Sherington Partnership
Stuart Edmunds  
ROKSANA (IRE)
7
Sarah Faulks
Dan Skelton  
SENSULANO (IRE)
6
Allison, Allison, Williams
Noel Williams  
SLOWMOTION (FR)
7
J P McManus
Joseph O'Brien IRE
STORMY IRELAND (FR)
5
Sullivan Bloodstock Limited
Willie Mullins IRE
TINTANGLE (IRE)
6
Gigginstown House Stud
Gordon Elliott IRE

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