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Two of our nice young mares on the comeback trail completed a highly pleasing double for the team at Uttoxeter on Sunday.
First to strike in a competitive looking NH Mares’ Novice Hurdle was Pure Bliss on her first start since a wind op over the summer. She had made a highly promising debut with a bumper win on soft ground at Ffos Las last season before she was pulled up next time.
She had been going nicely at home prior to her return to action on Sunday in the colours of Jago and Allhusen families whose Winningseverything is fine after a nasty fall recently.
While the task of Pure Bliss was helped by a tack problem suffered by the well fancied Anythingforlove, she travelled well through the race and won in a manner that offered plenty of promise for the future. A step up in trip on soft ground will play to her strengths when she runs next in a month’s time or so.
Then it was the turn of Misty Whisky to shine at Uttoxeter. We’ve made no secret of the fact that she wasn’t right last season despite finishing runner up in all three starts over hurdles.
She, too, had a wind op over the summer, was going well at home and we felt that she could be ahead of her handicap mark of 112.
Two miles at Uttoxeter is on the sharp side for Misty Whisky who moved into contention going to the final flight, led on the flat and finished full of running. It was a solid performance that will have done her confidence the world of good.
A possible option for Misty Whisky is a mares’ handicap hurdle over two and a half miles at Cheltenham next month.
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