By Racinguk.com staff
La Bague Au Roi took her winning run to four with an impressive victory in the Ascot mud in the olbg.com Mares' Hurdle.
Warren Greatrex's exciting seven-year-old took the lead four out when the pacesetting Midnight Tune started to weaken and was not extended as she won in style under Noel Fehily.
A superb leap at the last in the Grade Two over an attritional two miles, seven and a half furlongs helped her prevail by 16 lengths from Sainte Ladylime.
Fehily said: "She was brilliant the whole way. I'd never sat on her before and I spoke to Richard Johnson and my job was pretty easy.
"Aidan (Coleman) went a nice a gallop but I was hoping he'd take me further than he did. She jumps well so I let her get on with it. She's a real galloper. She's a good mare."
Earlier, Drumcliff had made it two from two over fences with a decisive victory in the Thames Material Amateur Riders' Handicap Chase.
The Harry Fry-trained seven-year-old backed up his last-time-out success at Wincanton after carrying rider Aine O'Connor to the front in the two-mile-three-furlong event with considerable ease before clearing right away to cross the line 12 lengths ahead of runner-up Russborough.
Fry said of the 11-4 winner: "He is making up for all the mishaps over hurdles. I've never known a rider so apologetic after winning a race - the winning margin might have had something to do with it. She gave him a lovely ride and he has taken her there."
The handler added: "The trip was perfect today. The ground was possibly a question mark, but you can't fault him today.
"It was a case of the others disappointing rather than us improving as far as the handicapper is concerned."
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