Thursday’s race of the day – Who will triumph in cracking Mares’ Hurdle at Newbury?

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We take a look through the runners in the two-mile Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle at Newbury and provide readers with our tips on Thursday 7th November.

The mares will take centre-stage at Market Rasen on Thursday, with a Listed prize over fences up for grabs. Before that, there’s a fascinating two-mile hurdle for first-season mares to take in at Newbury and it’s that which promises to be the most watchable race of the afternoon.

We’ve taken a look through the runners in the 2:35pm at Newbury to try and find the winner.

Thursday’s Race Of The Day at Newbury

Aggy With It

Showed plenty of promise on the flat, winning on second start by comfortable five length margin. Clashed with Floressa first time out and was still going well before a heavy fall at the last. It’s doubtful whether she would have won that day. It would be great to see what she can produce if she manages to jump the last. Has a little to find.

Designer Destiny

Beaten a nose on sole start on the flat in Ireland. Was backed into 4/9 favouritism on first start over hurdles for Harry Whittington, but was beaten by 12/1 shot. Didn’t seem the highest-quality race and has plenty to prove.

Eyes Right

Very busy in bumpers last year. Took advantage of jockey’s 10-pound claimer to win on fourth start at Southwell. Lost out to Silver Forever by four lengths at Ascot and well-beaten in Grade Two at Aintree when last seen. Better options available here.

Farne

Finished second on first couple of outings in bumpers last term. Placed a close third behind Misty Whisky at Listed level, before cracking effort to place in Grade Two at Aintree. Although she failed to win, Farne maintained a high level on the flat and should improve over obstacles. Each-way option.

Nicky Henderson is no stranger to success here at Newbury.

Floressa

Won debut on flat at Ludlow in March, before coming up half-a-length short in competitive contest at Cheltenham in April. Seemed to have Aggy With It comfortably covered when jumping the last at Worcester and cruised to 19-length victory when rival fell. Jumped soundly throughout and looks to have plenty more to come. Big player.

Heaven Help Us

Sprung huge surprise as a 33/1 outsider on hurdling debut, comfortably holding Master Debonair at arm’s length to win a strong novices hurdle at Cheltenham. Back in with her own sex this time around and jockey, Danny Mullins travels over from Ireland to take the ride. Should challenge again if able to reproduce that performance.

Silver Forever

Won two of four starts in bumpers last season. Finished third and second in two Listed races. Was always going to take to jumping and won easily on first start over obstacles at Chepstow last month. Drops back in trip, having won over two-and-a-half mile. Could be hard to pass if Harry Cobden tries to make all.

Vienna Court

Creditable second to Subway Surf on debut in a bumper last season. Well beaten on final start in April. Belayed odds of 20/1 to make winning start to life over hurdles at Ffos Las. Should run well again, but could lack the class of rivals ahead of her in market.

Verdict

Take nothing away from her victory, but Heaven Help Us got an easy time of things on the front-end at Cheltenham. She’s sure to have company up top on Thursday, as Silver Forever will look to make the most of her undoubted stamina and a ding-dong battle between two front-runners could set the race up perfectly for FLORESSA.

Nicky Henderson’s a master when it comes to helping young mares progress and he will have been impressed with her debut victory. Floressa was handed an RPR of 124 without ever needing to come out of second gear. This is a much stiffer test, but I think she’ll be more than up to the challenge.