Ladbrokes World Series Hurdle
Grade 1, Punchestown
€200,000 added,
4yo plus,
3m, Class 1
Thursday 1st May 2014

1 Jetson 20/1
2 Quevega 9/10F
3 At Fishers Cross 4/1
NR: Bog Warrior (IRE)
9 ran Distances: 1¼l, 1l, 2¾l
TIME 6m 0.50s (slow by 17.50s)

Supermare Quevega almost certainly ran her last race when a fast-finishing second to Jetson in the €200,000 Grade 1 Ladbrokes World Series Hurdle over three miles at Punchestown, a race she has won for the previous four seasons.

© Caroline Norris

Davy Russell stole a march on the opposition when bringing home Gerry McGrath's home-bred Jetson, a half-brother to Jezki, to spring a 20/1 surprise to the delight of trainer Jessica Harrington.

"That was a bit of a surprise, we really came here because there were no other races to go for," said Harrington. "He came here in great form and loves the spring. He stays really well, is tough and never missed a beat over his hurdles. I said to Davy to use him well as he stays. It's only Davy's second ride for me and his first winner. Barry (Geraghty) wanted to ride Reve De Sivola and I don't blame him.

"I thought we might run into a place because he was a fresh horse, even though he'd been to Cheltenham and Aintree. But I didn't think we'd beat Quevega. He loves this time of year."

Russell added: "Jessie (Harrington, trainer) had Jetson in great order and I got a great spin off him. I was quietly confident he would run a nice race.

"To be fair, Paddy Kennedy for the last two days has been telling me that Jetson is in the form of his life. He instilled me with plenty of confidence and Katie Harrington told me going out not to mind his price because he will run a blinder.

"It didn't feel like a fluke and connections were quietly confident that he would run well. Obviously, we didn't think we were good enough to beat the mare but we thought that he would be involved. All credit to the Harrington team."

© Caroline Norris

Quevega's trainer Willie Mullins said: "I thought she didn't get much luck in running and Davy rode a good race on the winner. He got a good run and it proved a winning run.

"I'll speak to the owners but I'd imagine this was her last race. She's a special mare and it would be hard to repeat what she's done. We'll always be trying to buy one like her but you can't replace her."

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Ladbrokes World Series Hurdle (Grade 1)
€200,000 added, 4yo plus, 3m, Class 1
9 ran
Going: Good to Yielding

Place Horse / Trainer Jockey Owner Odds
4. Jetson
Mrs John Harrington
D.N. Russell
G.McGrath/Mrs Moira McGrath 20/1
1 1/4 L
10. Quevega (FR)
W.P. Mullins
R. Walsh
Hammer & Trowel Syndicate 9/10 F
1. At Fishers Cross
Rebecca Curtis
A.P. McCoy
John P. McManus 4/1
2 3/4 L
9. Glens Melody
W.P. Mullins
P. Townend
Ms Fiona McStay 10/1
2 1/4 L
3. Fingal Bay
Philip Hobbs
R. Johnson
Mrs R.J.Skan 4/1
8. Sadler's Risk
Henry de Bromhead
A.E. Lynch
R.S. Brookhouse 66/1
6 L
7. Reve de Sivola (FR)
Nick Williams
B.J. Geraghty
Paul Duffy Diamond Partnership 14/1
3 3/4 L
5. Knockara Beau
George Charlton
Jan Faltejsek
J.I.A.Charlton 25/1
3 1/4 L
6. Mourad
W.P. Mullins
D.J. Casey Teahon Consulting Limited 66/1
2. Bog Warrior
P. Carberry Gigginstown House Stud  

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