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The style of the victory is very pleasant and full of promesses for the future. MARYPOP was purchased privately last year for Wood Hall Stud.
BLOODY 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
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.
Fixe Le Kap throws hat into the ring for Triumph
BY PETER SCARGILL2:03PM 28 JAN 2016
WHILE Ivanovich Gorbatov may be the buzz horse for the JCB Triumph Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival a live challenger threw his hat into the ring on Thursday in the form of effortless Warwick winner Fixe Le Kap.
Trained by Nicky Henderson, who has won a record six Triumph Hurdles, Fixe Le Kap races in the two-tone green colours of owners Simon Munir and Isaac Souede which were carried to victory at Cheltenham by Soldatino in 2010 and Peace And Co last year.
Having made a winning start for Henderson and the owners at Newbury last month, Fixe Le Kap carried a penalty in the 2m juvenile hurdle at Warwick but was well-supported in the market returning the 300-100 favourite.
The winning distance over second Three Colours Red was a yawning 28 lengths, and the manner in which the four-year-old nimbly and accurately cleared his hurdles before powering away under a motionless Daryl Jacob would no doubt have pleased connections.
Fixe Le Kap was cut to 10-1 (from 16) for the Triumph Hurdle by BetVictor and BoyleSports with Ivanovich Gorbatov the favourite for the race at a general 3-1.
Henderson said: « We’ll look for something better now, but I wouldn’t think Kempton [for the Adonis] would be his track so we might think about the Victor Ludorum at Haydock where at least he’d likely get his ground.
« You wouldn’t run him on fast ground, but good ground’s a different ball game so we’d have to see. »
Jacob, who is contracted to ride for Munir and Souede, may have a tricky choice to make in the Triumph Hurdle with the owners also having Sceau Royal and Footpad in the race.
For his first time out in the UK for his new connection, FIXE LE KAP wins over hurdles on December 29 at Newbury. Selected as a yearling by Horse Racing Advisory at Automn Arqana 2013 sales for 12.000€, he was sold in the UK earlier this year after 3 impressive starts at Auteuil over spring. (grey horse on the picture).
Trainer Nicky Henderson had won recent renewals of the contest with smart pair Grandouet and Top Notch and he looks to unearthed another potentially top class recruit.
Well backed throughout the morning, the French import was sent off the 6/5 favourite but was made to work hard to land the money.
Sent out in front by Jeremiah McGrath, the pair enjoyed an uncontested lead but were headed by hurdling newcomer Tommy Silver after the last
Fixe Le Kap’s experience told in the closing stages though as he rallied to deny Paul Nicholls’ charge by a length.
Kasakh Noir, who had been odds-on at the first show, made one or two slight mistakes and was soon in trouble after getting to within spitting distance of the first two home – to whom he was conceding 10lbs – between the last two flights.
Henderson said: « He’s not one of these flashy ones who goes around the yard saying, ‘I’m a superstar’ – he is a big, big baby.
« He loves jumping and I thought he might liven up on a racecourse and he did. He is quicker than he makes out and Jeremiah (McGrath) always said he was travelling well.
« He will be a really nice horse, but I’m not sure what to do in the short term. »
Betfred trimmed the winner into 14/1 from 25/1 for the JCB Triumph Hurdle, while Paddy Power went 16/1 from 25/1 for the same race at the Cheltenham Festival but Sky Bet were less impressed at 20/1.
Their Racing PR Manager Michael Shinners said: « Some smart horses have won this juvenile hurdle in recent years and Top Notch went on to finish second in last year’s JCB Triumph Hurdle for the same connections.
Today December 29th at Doncaster, MA FILLEULE wins the 8th race of her carreer in a Steeple Chase Listed Race. Aged 7, this mare is just impressive by her talent and longevity. She has been selected has a yeraling by Horse Racing Advisory and purchased for 30.000€. Her earnings reach now more than 300.000 GBP.