BLOODY MARY impresses 1st time out in UK

30D058AA00000578-0-image-a-15_1454442159366BLOODY MARY impressed and won yesterday at Taunton over hurdles for her first time out in the UK and for her new green and yellow colors. This was the first runner, and first winner (!), of a purchase advised by HRA for the McManus Team.

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Bloody Mary impresses with win on debut at Taunton ahead of tilt at Cheltenham’s first Trull House Stud Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle

  • JP McManus bought Bloody Mary after six wins in seven starts in France
  • Five-year-old won at Taunton on Tuesday in the Openbet Novices’ Hurdle
  • She’s been cut in the betting for the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham
  • Paddy Power has shortened Bloody Mary to 10-1 from 14s for the race

PUBLISHED: 22:30 GMT, 2 February 2016 | UPDATED: 22:31 GMT, 2 February 2016

30D059D500000578-0-image-a-17_1454442175827Nicky Henderson’s Bloody Mary was cut in the betting for the inaugural Trull House Stud Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham after winning on her British debut at Taunton.

Bought by JP McManus after winning six of her seven races in France, she began her career in Britain in the Openbet Novices’ Hurdle.

Starting her career at a fairly lowly level in Britain, the five-year-old nevertheless came up against a decent opponent in Philip Hobbs’ Banyu, who had won at Ludlow in November. But having travelled through the race very strongly in the hands of Barry Geraghty, everything looked to be going to plan for the 4-6 favourite. However, Banyu looked a big threat running between the final two flights and Geraghty had to get pretty serious before Bloody Mary exerted her influence to win by two and a quarter lengths.

McManus’ racing manager Frank Berry said: ‘It was nice to see her continue her winning run, it can only help her confidence. ‘She was workmanlike, but she likes that soft ground. ‘The pleasing thing was how well she jumped British hurdles on her first run over them as sometimes it can catch the French types out. ‘She’s got a lovely way about her. She was very game and she’s an interesting type going forward.’

Paddy Power cut Bloody Mary to 10-1 from 14s for the new Festival race.