Thursday, April 18, 2024

SBK Warfield Mares’ Hurdle: Marie’s Rock bounces again with good Doncaster success | Racing Information


Marie’s Rock booked her return to the Cheltenham Competition in touchdown the SBK Warfield Mares’ Hurdle at Doncaster for Nicky Henderson.

The nine-year-old was the 6-4 favorite for the prolonged three-mile contest, a five-runner affair saved from Ascot that included Henderson-trained stablemates Tweed Skirt and Theatre Glory alongside Jamie Snowden’s You Put on It Properly.

Marie’s Rock introduced Grade One type to the desk, nevertheless, and was final seen ending second to Bob Olinger within the Relkeel Hurdle at Cheltenham on New 12 months’s Day.

This Grade Two was a step up in journey and underneath James Bowen she didn’t look the simplest of rides, lighting up as soon as the purple hood was eliminated however settling to the duty when having to fend off You Put on It Properly within the closing phases of the race.

An eventual length-and-a-half-winner, Betfair minimize Marie’s Rock from 20-1 to 12-1 to regain the Shut Brothers Mares’ Hurdle crown she received in 2022, with Lossiemouth on the head of the market after her extremely spectacular Cheltenham victory on Saturday.

“We had been delighted she was capable of get her head again in entrance there, we do not essentially see her as an out-and-out three-miler and that is most likely not her championship distance,” stated Tom Palin of syndicate homeowners Middleham Park Racing.

“We are going to preserve her to the mares’ races, however she’s not ineffective at these kinds of distances and in opposition to the opposition at this time she was capable of make the most of that in what seemed a very good alternative to get her head again in entrance.

“She has been operating some very creditable races in defeat, she’s a troublesome, recreation mare. She carries her head a bit awkwardly, a bit within the ‘Marie’s Rock fashion’ however James stated when You Put on It Properly got here to her she wasn’t going to put down and he or she toughed it out.

“It takes an excellent one to go previous her, I believed the writing was on the wall with that efficiency behind Bob Olinger – he seemed resurgent, the Bob Olinger of outdated, and I felt we misplaced nothing in defeat to him.

“I used to be delighted that she was capable of affirm her place on the Cheltenham Competition, clearly life has bought somewhat bit tougher within the final 24 hours with Lossiemouth wanting just like the proverbial second coming!

“We have booked our ticket for the mares’ race anyway and we’ll head down that route.”

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