The prolific Quevega landed her fourth consecutive Ladbrokes World Hurdle at last week’s Punches town festival with great ease although her task was made more simple by the withdrawal at the start of Solwhit who was 11/8 favourite at the time.
Trainer Willie Mullins felt that Quevega was in better form today than at Cheltenham last month, when she captured her fifth successive David Nicholson Mares Hurdle.
“She answered Ruby’s every call today and did what she had to do,” said Mullins. “We worried going into Cheltenham that she was a bit big but she worked brilliantly last Saturday and that was the first time that I thought I had her really race-fit.
“I don’t wish Solwhit was there. It’s unfortunate for his connections but by the grace of God it could have been us. I don’t know what happened to Solwhit but it can happen to any horse at any time.
“He was obviously well enough to come here today but something must have happened on the way to the start.
Tony McCoy collected an incredible 18th straight jockeys’ title on Saturday at Sandown and Nicky Henderson won the jump trainers title.
Henderson said ‘’It’s been an amazing year’’,We’re very lucky to have horses like Sprinter Sacre ,Bobs Worth and Long Run. The horse have performed to their very best when they had to and its come off.’’
The bookmakers make Henderson 1/7 to win the 2013-14 trainers title with Paul Nicholls at 7/2 and Donald McCain 40/1.
Henry Daly’s Quentin Collonges won the bet365Gold Cup at Sandown last Saturday at odds of 14/1 beating Same Difference by two-lenghs.
My notepad horse this week is Arther’s Oak third at Huntingdon in the National Hunt Flat race after attracting plenty of support in the betting 100/30 from 5/1.
The five-year-old travelled the best horse in the race but didn’t really find much when let down, however he did show an awful lot of promise in his first outing.
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