On a very quiet day in the racing world, the most notable runs came from a pair of odds-on favourites from Fairyhouse and Warwick respectably. Top Notch confirmed the Charbel form romping home in a Class 3 Novice Chase, adding further depth and talent into the Uttoxeter race a couple of weeks back. Paddy Brennan brought up his 1000th winner, in what was the other highlight of the day. You’re starting to see that Wednesday was a slow news day now.
12 40 ASTHURIA (W Mullins) 8/15, Maiden Mares Hurdle, 2M4F, Soft
Our second odds-on favourite of note comes from everyones favourite trainer across the lake, with another Festival horse emerging from a murky Wednesday. A respectable third when chucked into G1 company behind Jer’s Girl, Asthuria built on these foundations passing her Fairyhouse test with flying colours. It quickly became obvious that there were only two mares with a realistic chance, but two out Mullin’s 5YO was far too classy for the runner up She’s Otto. The competition within her own yard among the mares is clearly mind boggling; Annie Power, Limini & VVM the obvious stars. This trio will (or perhaps should in some cases) will have bigger targets come March, and punters subsequently caught on before the market reacted and placed her at a not so generous 8s for the Mare’s Hurdle. Mullins has started the Winter slowly by his own admission, but slowly the puzzle is just starting to take some shape.