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Dame Rose leads from start to finish in Mares's Novices' Hurdle
03 Dec 2017 | Newbury Racecourse 

 

Dame Rose (Richard Hobson/Richard Johnson, 5/1) was the all-the-way winner of the opening Listed Ladbrokes Mares' Novices' Hurdle, coming home nine lengths clear of 2/5 favourite Cap Soleil (Fergal O'Brien/Paddy Brennan).

 

The pair previously met at Newbury on November 9, when Dame Rose came home third to Cap Soleil.

 

The turnaround in form was no shock to trainer Richard Hobson who commented: "We didn't have a great run up to her last run - she whacked a hind fetlock and got a bit of mud fever.

 

"We didn't quite get it right with the tactics last time but it was an improved performance today and she is looking more like the horse we saw at Aintree.

 

"There was a big weight turnaround, with 11st on her back, and she got the job done. I was very confident that we could turn the form round with Cap Soleil because Dame Rose was in such good order. She was a fitter horse today and she proved it.

 

"We will have a look at the programme book now. Today was the day and hopefully we can move forward now. We are back where we want to be.

 

"Richard Johnson said two miles on soft ground is ideal for her. We will aim at the Cheltenham Festival with her but we won't over-plan her season as she is still only four."

 

Richard Johnson added: "Dame Rose won her bumper at Aintree when being very positive and they thought that they might have almost overdone it the last day. She settled nicely down the back straight and then kept picking up keeping going.

 

"You never quite know how good they are going in behind and Cap Soleil is a very decent mare. I didn't want to be too clever - I keep squeezing her and she jumped the last really well. I thought it would be a good one to get by her.

 

"She is obviously a decent mare and Richard (Hobson) said that a bit softer than that would probably be a bit beneficial, so hopefully she has a nice winter to look forward to."

 

The pair previously met at Newbury on November 9, when Dame Rose came home third to Cap Soleil.

 

The turnaround in form was no shock to trainer Richard Hobson who commented: "We didn't have a great run up to her last run - she whacked a hind fetlock and got a bit of mud fever.

 

"We didn't quite get it right with the tactics last time but it was an improved performance today and she is looking more like the horse we saw at Aintree.

 

"There was a big weight turnaround, with 11st on her back, and she got the job done. I was very confident that we could turn the form round with Cap Soleil because Dame Rose was in such good order. She was a fitter horse today and she proved it.

 

"We will have a look at the programme book now. Today was the day and hopefully we can move forward now. We are back where we want to be.

 

"Richard Johnson said two miles on soft ground is ideal for her. We will aim at the Cheltenham Festival with her but we won't over-plan her season as she is still only four."

 

Richard Johnson added: "Dame Rose won her bumper at Aintree when being very positive and they thought that they might have almost overdone it the last day. She settled nicely down the back straight and then kept picking up keeping going.

 

"You never quite know how good they are going in behind and Cap Soleil is a very decent mare. I didn't want to be too clever - I keep squeezing her and she jumped the last really well. I thought it would be a good one to get by her.

 

"She is obviously a decent mare and Richard (Hobson) said that a bit softer than that would probably be a bit beneficial, so hopefully she has a nice winter to look forward to."

 
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