Posted: 29th Apr 2016
Jer's Girl gets a kiss from trainer Gavin Cromwell after their Grade 1 winPICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos)
Report: Punchestown, Friday
Tattersalls Ireland Champion Novice Hurdle (Grade 1) 4yo+, 2m4f
AGE and sex proved no obstacle to Jer's Girl, the youngest horse in the race and only female, as the 11-8 favourite blitzed the boys in tremendous fashion under Barry Geraghty with O O Seven and Thomas Hobson a distant second and third.
Sent off the 11-8 favourite, Jer's Girl tracked long-time leader Thomas Hobson for much of the race before a mistake at the fifth flight hampered her momentum slightly.
However, a quick shake of the reins from Geraghty meant the mare was quickly back on the trails of the leaders.
She travelled powerfully into contention, drawing alongside Thomas Hobson on the turn for home before bolting clear. Not even an untidy jump at the final flight stopped her recording an emphatic ten-length victory and a second Grade 1 success for trainer Gavin Cromwell.
Paddy Power introduced the four-year-old as a 7-1 shot for the OLBG Mares' Hurdle at Cheltenham.
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