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Salley has Mares' Hurdle aim

Our Girl Salley will be aimed at the David Nicholson Mares' Hurdle at Cheltenham in March after her easy victory at Leopardstown last week.

The Prunella Dobbs-trained six-year-old toyed with decent opposition at Listed level and will now step up in class.

A decent bumper horse - she won three races and was second twice - Our Girl Salley's outing last week was only her second ever run over hurdles.

"She's a lovely mare, we're going to keep her in mares' races for the time being, there's a couple coming up," said Dobbs.

"Then we're going to look at the big mares' race in Cheltenham, the David Nicholson.

"We'll take it step by step. That run, for just her second over hurdles, was spectacular.

"The fact we hadn't been able to school her because of the weather made it even sweeter.

"There are a good few mares on the other side of the water but Quevega would still have to be the one to beat, having won it twice already.

"I've got 10 horses and that's as many as I'd like. I like to keep my numbers down and give them lots of attention.

"We've had a wonderful year as Our Gar won at the Punchestown Festival and Our Girl Salley won at the Fairyhouse Festival."


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