Yorkshire Rose Mares Runner Guide

Lady Buttons

Trainer – Philip Kirby

Jockey –

Winning the last three and with a win over this course and distance gives Lady Buttons plenty of chance over this grade 2 race but must continue to build on this form if going to beat similar horses with equally impressive forms. Last two wins were over chases and the previous hurdle win came at Wetherby but mainly on good to soft ground. 28 days off should give the right amount of time to come back and give another impressive display but plenty of other options also in this one.

Cold Fusion

Trainer – Dai Williams

Jockey –

Has struggled of late with his last best efforts coming at Windsor in October when placing missing out to Tobacco Road. Should continue to be outside shot, 100/1 last time out when 6/8 at Exeter last week on soft ground and shouldn’t make up any surprises given other graded horses who will be improving on this ground.

Gold Chain

Trainer – Dan Skelton

Jockey –

Won over this distance previously and winning this month already at Ludlow in a field of five has given a rating of 104. Should make up improvement on last but will need all to contend with some front runners that have better form over this course and distance. Long time since pulled up twice on the bounce and looks to be able to finish well over these distances now which is encouraging when thinking about an improved performance


Trainer – Paul Webber

Jockey –

Came close at Taunton last time out finishing behind winner and favourite Posh Trish by 2l. Shows pedigree and form though having beaten Oscar Rose and Passing Call by multiple lengths in that meet just before the new year. Looking to build on an impressive form sheet having won at Uttoxeter in the race before over hurdles on the same ground but will need to be a punt whether he will suit the ground that comes

Indian Opera

Trainer – Iain Jardine

Jockey –

Slightly outside choice but given the right running could benefit since a win at Musselburgh just 19 days ago. Has good form but believed to not make the ground in comparison to other favoured geldings. Won last time out but pulled up at Southwell (3m, soft) which brings scepticism in an open race such as this one with horses in fine form. Previous races are anything to go by then should at least produce a good finish but may just have to track the leaders coming up to the finish.

Irish Roe

Trainer – Peter Atkinson

Jockey –

Among the favourites and could shorten to favourite over the course of the weekend but with a fall and unplace in the last three runs should be considered to improve on the ground as all the runnings have come off good ground. Difficult to judge but always produces when fancied by the bookies. Peter Atkinson has entered in following some encouraging form on previous entries to this.


Trainer – Denis Hogan

Jockey –

Won at Limerick last time out, 12 ran and produced a convincing victory in a field of 21 at Navan previously. Both on soft and good to soft ground proving at least to handle the ground well this time out but will need to build on a very successful last few outings to make the run in over the same distance won at Limerick

Chica Buena

Trainer – Keith Dalgleish

Jockey –

Form proves to be a contender on paper and will be among the priced top three going into the off. Four wins in last five on varying ground so should contend the lead up until the final few but will need to show the same form if going to win again. Second on new years’ day as favourite, led in the final few but went flat to winner Normal Norman at the last, but lack of room could have proven enough to hinder an all-out free stride and so could be one to beat outside the favourite Lady Buttons.