Snow Leopardess victorious in BEBF Mares Novice Hurdle Finale
Tue 28 Mar 2017
The 2016/17 Jump season at Newbury Racecourse came to a close today, Saturday, March 25, day two of the Be Wiser Jump Season Finale.
There were two £40,000 contests on the seven-race programme, the first up being the Grade Two EBF & TBA Mares’ National Hunt Novices’ Hurdle Finale (3.00pm), a limited handicap over an extended two and a half miles.
It was the grey five-year-old Snow Leopardess (Charlie Longsdon/Aidan Coleman, 11st 1lb, 7/1 joint-favourite) who took the honours, wearing the colours of her owner, Marietta Fox-Pitt who is the mother-in-law of ITV Racing’s Alice Plunkett.
Taking up the running two flights from home, Snow Leopardess stayed on tenaciously to see off fellow 7/1 joint-favourite Copper Kay (Philip Hobbs/Richard Johnson, 11st 7lb) by four lengths. River Arrow (Tom Symonds/Jamie Moore, 10st 11lb, 25/1) was another length and a half adrift in third with top-weight Tara View (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson, 11st 10lb, 9/1) a further three and three-quarter lengths back in fourth.
Charlie Longsdon commented: “Snow Leopardess has always been good. I got it totally wrong last time out (when third at Doncaster on February 9). She had a break with her owner over Christmas before I then took her back and gave her a bit of work. I then ran her two weeks later when she was only half fit. It was totally my fault.
“She has had plenty of work since her last run and has won as I hoped she would today. She doesn’t show a lot at home as she is very laidback. I remember there were a few bets going around before she ran in her first bumper whether she would ever win a bumper (she won two). My head lad was very wrong and the lad that rode her out every day was very right.
“She keeps herself for the racecourse and has a lovely way of going. Onwards and upwards.”
Aidan Coleman added: “I got a lovely run round and she travelled brilliantly. The only bit of worry I had was three out when Noel’s horse (Lamanver Odyssey) looked to run out. To be fair to Snow Leopardess, she has courage and went on and did it well.
“She had a look around in front but is a really nice mare. To be fair to Charlie, if you look at her form, she has been campaigned brilliantly. She won a good bumper at Gowran and ran well in the mares’ race at Aintree last year.
“She loved the ground and is very versatile with everything she does. She has an amazing, laidback temperament and a great attitude.”
Courtesy of Newbury Racecourse