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Quevega spot in to retain Mares Hurdle

Updated: Wednesday, 17 Mar 2010 08:52

Ruby Walsh and Quevega gave Ireland their third victory on the opening day.
Ruby Walsh and Quevega gave Ireland their third victory on the opening day.

Quevega once again showed a brilliant turn of foot to land the David Nicholson Mares' Hurdle at Cheltenham for the second year in succession.

Willie Mullins' charge had landed the Grade Two contest by 14 lengths 12 months ago but had been off the track since suffering injury at Auteuil in May of last year.

Sent off the 6-4 favourite under Ruby Walsh, the six-year-old once again went to the front on the turn for home and soon put the race to bed.

She got in slightly close to the final flight but it did not stop her momentum and she quickened right away up the hill to beat Carole's Legacy by four and a half lengths, with Voler La Vedette third.

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