Midnight Tune to defy top weight and land Grade 2 Mares' Hurdle crown at Newbury
Saturday 24th March, 2018 - 3:15pm Newbury - Mares' National Hunt Novices' Hurdle Finale
A hugely competitive field will line up for Newbury's Grade 2 EBF & TBA Mares' 'National Hunt' Novices' Hurdle Finale on Saturday afternoon, and Charlie Longsdon will attempt to win the race for the third year in a row, but his challenger Jet Set will face a whole host of notable rivals in what should be a thrilling renewal.
- Four of the last five winners have carried less than 11st
- The last nine winners have been aged five or six
- The last nine winners have been priced 14/1 or lower
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A race worth watching as a form guide for this race is the Grade 2 Mares' Novices' Hurdle at Sandown Park last month, and it was Anthony Honeyball's Midnight Tune that was victorious that day, and she will look to land a coveted double on Saturday, and has been installed as a 10/1 chance with William Hill to land this prize.
She will have the burden of top weight here, but she comfortably beat If You Say Run (8/1 with William Hill) and Sensulano (12/1 with Betfair) that day, and while the defeated pair will be significantly better off at the weights at the weekend, Honeyball's charge shaped like she still has more to come over timber, and she could well frank that form, and go very close here.
Warren Greatrex's Petticoat Tails has won a brace of medicore Mares' events, but is another that is on the upgrade, and has to be respected at 8/1 with William Hill, however, this is a big step up, and it could be Exeter winner Kalahari Queen (10/1) and Oscar Rose (8/1) that make more appeal against the top weight, as they are very lightly-raced over timber, and could play a prominent role.
Nicky Henderson has trained three of the last seven winners of this race, and the Seven Barrows handler will aim to win it again with Sunshade, who will run in the colours of Her Majesty The Queen, and having lost her unbeaten record last time out, when finishing third to Maria's Benefit, Sunshade has to be considered here at 12/1 with William Hill.
Harry Fry's Lady Of Lamanver is another that has blossomed over timber, and has to come into each-way calculations at 12/1 with Betfair, while Roksana (12/1) is bidding for a hat-trick of wins for Dan Skelton, and adds more depth to what is a real punting head-scratcher for punters.
Best Of The Rest
As mentioned above, Charlie Longsdon has won this race twice, but 20/1 shot Jet Set will struggle to make it three on the spin for his trainer, and can be ignored, but Just A Thought, who is 16/1 with Betfair, could outrun his odds, and is another that could play a significant role in what looks the toughest conundrum on the Jumps card on Saturday afternoon.