Lifeboat Mona came with a well-timed run to eclipse her rivals in the Listed 32Red.com Mares’ Hurdle at Sandown Park today.
A field of seven mares went to post for this 2 ½ mile contest and as the tapes went up, it was Desert Queen who was sent straight into the lead and took the first flight with around a five length lead over Midnight Jazz, increasing that advantaged around the top bend,
Passing the stands with a circuit to race, Desert Queen was about 8 lenghts clear of Midnight Jazz and Briery Queen.
Racing down the back straight, Desert Queen extended her lead to maybe 12 lengths, but gradually the pack started to close on her and at the third last flight, her advantaged was down the three lengths.
Desert Queen turned for home with a much narrower lead and Midnight Jazz sat on her heels two out, closely followed by Breiry Queen and Lifeboat Moan.
Racing to the last, Midnight Jazz narrowly led Lifeboat Mona and touching down, the latter asserted on the flat, drawing away under Sam Twiston-Davies.
At the line, the Paul Nicholls trained 7 year old had about a 3 lengths advantage over Midnight Jazz, who plugged on well and just pipped Briery Queen for second place, with Desert Queen back in fourth.
Earlier on the card Don Bersy banished memories of a Warwick fall to win the 32Red Casino Juvenile Hurdle at Sandown.
He showed a good turn of foot to pass Coeur De Lion on the run to the second-last and found plenty as the pair scrapped out the finish to oblige by a length and a half.
Winning trainer Tom Symonds said: “At Warwick, I had some fancy plans in my head but they went awry after that. He was fine after that, though.”
Symonds went on: “He travels beautifully and jumps well. On the grass at home he is a bit rapid, and you need to back off him sometimes, but Ben Poste has done a lot of schooling with him.
“He is a nice horse and we were coming here full of hope.
“The owner is realistic and they like to go small rather than big.
“He is not the biggest but he is filling out more and more.”