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David Nicholson Mares' Hurdle 2020 Result

16:10 Tuesday 10 March 2020

CLOSE BROTHERS MARES' HURDLE (David Nicholson) (Grade 1) (1)

Distance : 2m 3f 200y (Old)
Prize : £67,524 Age : 4yo+ Race Type : Hurdle Going : Soft

The thirteenth running of this premier prize for mares and only the fourth time in all - and the first ever in succession - that the winner wasn't trained by Willie Mullins, whose apparent post-race frustration centred around the race-shaping point after 2 out that saw one of his trio move off the rail to allow the winner up the inside while Benie des Dieux had started her move around the outer as the sprint for home began, the gradually-narrowing final margin also reflective of a probably unlucky defeat, if clearly nothing like so stark as the one the same mare had endured 12 months earlier; in form terms, neither mare would have been out of place in the championship races elsewhere on the week, last year's winner Roksana left trailing in their wake as they posted the highest figures in the race's history.

Non Runners: CROSSGALESFAMEGAME (IRE) . Hurdles: 10.

Winning Owner: Mr K. Alexander

Time: 5m 8.3s

POS SILK BTN HORSE AGE WGT ISP
JOCKEY & TRAINER
1 Silk colours for HONEYSUCKLE, trained by Henry de Bromhead, Ireland and owned by Mr K. Alexander HONEYSUCKLE 6 11-5 9/4
J: Rachael Blackmore T: Henry de Bromhead, Ireland
2 Silk colours for BENIE DES DIEUX (FR), trained by W. P. Mullins, Ireland and owned by Mrs S. Ricci ½ BENIE DES DIEUX (FR) 9 11-5 4/6
J: P. Townend T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
3 Silk colours for ELFILE (FR), trained by W. P. Mullins, Ireland and owned by Mr K. Alexander ELFILE (FR) 6 11-5 16/1
J: D. E. Mullins T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
4 Silk colours for ROKSANA (IRE), trained by Dan Skelton and owned by Mrs Sarah Faulks ROKSANA (IRE) 8 11-5 12/1
J: Harry Skelton T: Dan Skelton
5 Silk colours for STORMY IRELAND (FR), trained by W. P. Mullins, Ireland and owned by Sullivan Bloodstock Limited STORMY IRELAND (FR) 6 11-5 7/1
J: Robbie Power T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
6 Silk colours for CAP SOLEIL (FR), trained by Fergal O'Brien and owned by Mrs S. A. Noott nk CAP SOLEIL (FR) 7 11-5 66/1
J: Paddy Brennan T: Fergal O'Brien
7 Silk colours for LADY BUTTONS, trained by Philip Kirby and owned by Mrs Jayne Sivills LADY BUTTONS 10 11-5 20/1
J: Thomas Dowson T: Philip Kirby
8 Silk colours for POPONG (IRE), trained by Henry de Bromhead, Ireland and owned by Mrs D. Halley 5 POPONG (IRE) 6 11-5 66/1
J: Aidan Coleman T: Henry de Bromhead, Ireland
9 Silk colours for DESARAY GIRL (FR), trained by Philip Kirby and owned by Resdev 43 DESARAY GIRL (FR) 5 11-5 100/1
J: Sam Twiston-Davies T: Philip Kirby

Non Runners: CROSSGALESFAMEGAME (IRE) . Hurdles: 10.

Winning Owner: Mr K. Alexander

Time: 5m 8.3s

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