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Pete Ingram Reviews the Mares Listed NHF races at Gowran park

06-October-2018 9:43
in General
by Admin

The mares Listed NHF race looked a really good NHF on paper, and it didnt disappoint except we were robbed of an even closer finish when the talented Queens Boulevard  was pulled up in the home straight having travelled really well through the race. 

Lets hope that whatever the problem it isn too serious and she will be back on the course soon showing her true colours.

With the joint fav not showing her true colours, Yukon Lil’s task was made that much easier but nevertheless one could not fail to be taken by the turn of foot shown in the finish to put the race to bed.

It did not come as any suprise as we have seen her show this type of class before. She is defiantly a mare to be followed particularly when she goes over hurdles, being by Flemensfirth out of a Kings Theatre mare, I would suggest a step up in trip, slightly easier ground and hurdles will see her turn out to be one the leading mares against her own sex this side of Christmas.

She has been in training early so a break might be in order, but make no mistake this is a serious mare to follow this side of the Leopardstown Christmas meeting. 

Lets get to that point with her and reassess the form.

There are three more to take from the race.

Elusive Belle ran an absolute cracker, coming out of the pack and briefly looking like she would catch the winner ( only for a second though), pulling well clear of the rest of the field with Carrie Des Champs.

Elusive Belle will be an out and out 2 miler and will best be caught next time out I suspect, longevity in this game wont be her strong suit. Defiantly not a winter horse for me.


Carrie Des Champs, a daughter of might sire Robin Des Champs out of a Sleeping Car mare, does however have a future. 

A previous 3 times winner round Downpatrick and Perth, she was briefly caught on heels as the winner quickened and by the time her jockey had gathered her in the race was over, but she did noticeably quicken again herself , it wasn’t an optical illusion as can happen when the front two slow down. This is a mare with a future and given her pedigree, much that was said about the winner applies to her. 

A step up in trip, softer conditions, mares only hurdles and given her style of running I suspect Punchestown and Leopardstown will hold no fears for her.

Down the field in 11th was N’arrete Jamais, a 33/1 shot at the off, probably over priced. This was not her running and was looked after when it was obvious she was outclassed and going nowhere.

Based on her first run a Listowel, an Irish NHF race away from the big tracks should be hers for the taking, particularly against her own sex 


Pete Ingram 


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