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Miss Heritage streaks clear ot win the Sky Bet Yorkhire Rose Mares' Hurdle

Imperial Cup runner-up Miss Heritage returned to her best form to run out an impressive winner of the Sky Bet Yorkshire Rose Mares’ Hurdle.Trained by Lucy Wadham, who also looks after another smart mare in Martello Sky, she had been running consistently well in handicaps this season without success.

Ridden regularly by Bryony Frost, she was required by her boss Paul Nicholls on this occasion for the hot favourite Miranda.

Instead, Sean Quinlan came in for the ride, having also picked up a spare winning mount on Lady Buttons two years ago, and in truth he probably never at any stage thought he was not going to win.

While Frost took the bull by the horns on Miranda early in the straight, she was not going anywhere near as well as Miss Heritage in her bid for back-to-back wins and had no answer as Quinlan breezed on by to win by 15 lengths.

“She so deserves it as she’s so consistent and has been running really well in handicaps, but she’s been anchored by her weight,” said Wadham.

“We do have form with Miranda, we’ve beaten her before, but on her Imperial Cup form you’d have to give her a chance.

“That was on very different ground, but she does have form on good ground in her younger days. We just thought with only five runners in a big race it was worth a go – we weren’t expecting her to quite do that!

“I think this will be her last season, there’s not much more she can do.”

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