You Wear it Well WINS the Jack de Bromhead Mares Novices’ Hurdle after the 16-1 horse romps home in the penultimate race on day three of the Cheltenham Festival
Jack de Bromhead Mares Novices’ Hurdle RESULT
- You Wear it Well Matty (G Sheehan) 18-1
- Magical Zoe (A Heskin) 15-2
- Halka Du Tabert (D N Russell) 12-1
- Luccia (N de Boinville) 5-4 fav
Gavin Sheehan gave You Wear It Well a fine front-running ride to claim the Jack De Bromhead Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham.
Despite having a strong book of form to her name – including a second in the Challow Hurdle and a victory in the Grade Two Jayne Seymour last time out – she was sent off an easy to back 16-1, with 5-4 favourite Luccia was the only horse punters wanted to be on.
Keen to put her proven stamina to good use Sheehan went straight to the front aboard the Jamie Snowden-trained six-year-old and never saw another rival as she showed a tremendous attitude to keep galloping and responding to her rider’s urgings when the pack began to bare down on her in the closing stages.
Henry de Bromhead’s Magical Zoe performed with great credit to take the runner-up spot in the race named in memory of the trainer’s late son, who tragically lost his life in a pony racing accident in September.
An error at the last cost Tony Mullins’ Group One-winning Princess Zoe finishing any closer than fifth.
16-1 horse You Wear it Well won the Jack de Bromhead Mares Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham
Jockey Gavin Sheehan celebrates in the winners enclosure after securing a stunning victory
21 horses ran in the penultimate race on day three of the Cheltenham Festival on Thursday
The winner follows in the footsteps of Love Envoi who triumphed at Sandown before scoring at Prestbury Park, while for Snowden it was somewhat fitting that his second Festival success came in the same colours of Sir Chips Keswick as his maiden winner at the big meeting Present View, ending a long nine-year wait between drinks.
Snowden said: ‘She’s following the Love Envoi route and is a very talented individual and also a strong stayer at that trip.
‘With Honeysuckle retired who knows where she will end up?’
Sheehan added: ‘I love her, she is a diamond. She tanked the first furlong and a half and she did prick her ears the last time I rode her, but it was honestly poetry in motion today. I just filled her up and when something came on her outside her ears went back.
‘We owe a lot to Jamie’s head girl who rides her all the time.
‘She’s not easy at home and she will tear up, but once jumping she’s on her game and Jamie is the nicest man.’