Quevega makes gets the hat-trick

Quevega destroyed the field in the David Nicholson Mares Hurdle for the third year in a row to become the first horse since Hardy Eustace to win three festival races in successive years.

Ruby Walsh never even had to shake the reigns at the mare as they sauntered to a ten length victory. On this evidence she wouldn’t have been out of place in the Champion Hurdle.

Willie Mullins, who became the winning-most current Irish trainer at Cheltenham after this victory, said: “I thought we were a gallop short this year!

“Ruby loves her and they fire off each other. He rode her with such confidence and coming back from a break Ruby is fantastic.

“We entered her in the other races but why have a horse that’s favourite for one race and go looking somewhere else? This race is tailormade for her.”

“We’ll probably take her back to Punchestown and we may go to Aintree with this filly. I think my owners are racing people rather than breeding people so I can’t see why she won’t be back”.

Walsh said: “She’s a supermare and a Grade 1 winner in her own right. She travelled super and apart from the last, jumped super. She has so much class. She just lobs along and is the perfect ride.”


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