Floressa gets favourite backers off to a flyer with slick display at Newbury

Sat 30 Nov 2019

Floressa put in a near foot-perfect round of jumping to get her career back on track in the Ladbrokes “Where The Nation Plays” Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle at Newbury.

Having gone down by a short head to Silver Forever at the course earlier this month, the Nicky Henderson-trained four-year-old exacted revenge on her last-time-out conqueror to claim Listed honours and add to her debut victory over hurdles at Worcester.

Jumping slickly throughout the extended two-mile prize, the 10-11 favourite moved through the gears smartly late on to defeat Gavin Cromwell’s Irish raider Jeremys Flame by a length and a half, with another four and a half lengths back to Silver Forever.

Henderson said: “I was worried they had a hard enough race the last day, but both have come back with the same intention. Paul Nicholls’ mare got herself a 3lb penalty and that’s where they’ve run to.

“She is a lovely looking mare. She will jump anything you want her to. She is slick. Even from that first day at Worcester, she was like an arrow.

“She will have a break now, as she has had three quite quick races. We will work back from the Cheltenham (Festival) mares’ novice race.”

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