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Desert at her best

24-January-2017 21:26
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by Admin

Desert Queen was at her imperious best in winning the Listed Mares' Novices Chase at Leicester on Tuesday in tremendous style.

She looked a class apart as she made all the running, jumping boldly and accurately before staying on so strongly she finished unchallenged.

It was a striking performance by Desert Queen who was giving 10 lbs all round and beat the runner up Cresswell Breeze by ten lengths with Tagrita another six lengths back in third place.

The beaten jockeys came back saying their horses were unable to go the searching pace set by her. Yet Noel Fehily felt Desert Queen was just lobbing along in a nice rhythm, jumping and galloping at her own pace on good ground over a trip of two miles, six furlongs which seems ideal for her.

I was down at the start as a precaution because she has been a bit tricky at times but she jumped off smartly and was never headed on her way to recording our thirteenth success in January which is more than we have ever achieved before in one month.

It has also been a wonderful ten days for Paddy and Jane Jago and their children Maddie and Freddie following the recent triumphs of American and Over To Sam in their colours.

Desert Queen is booked in to visit Kayf Tara at stud this spring but while she is in such rampant form we might well delay that next step of her career for a month or two.

One option would be to send her to Huntingdon in a month's time for the valuable Listed Lady Protectress Mares' Chase over two and a half miles.

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