La Bague Au Roi proves in a different league to Ascot rivals

Sat 20 Jan 2018

By staff

La Bague Au Roi took her winning run to four with an impressive victory in the Ascot mud in the 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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