Willie Mullins celebrates with the history-making mare QuevegaPICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos)
Quevega makes history with sixth Mares' Hurdle
Report: Cheltenham, Tuesday
OLBG Mares' Hurdle (Registered As The David Nicholson Mares' Hurdle) (Grade 2) 2m4f, 4yo+
HISTORY was created in stunning fashion at the Cheltenham Festival, as Quevega became the first horse to win six races at the meeting, eclipsing the mighty Golden Miller.
It was a success that did not appear likely for much of the closing stages, but once fully in top gear, she managed to wear down stablemate Glens Melody to deliver at 8-11.
Cantankerous at home, and campaigned sparingly by trainer Willie Mullins to make the most use of her talent, Quevega did things the hard way last year, rallying after a mistake, and while she jumped well this time, it took all of her fortitude and Walsh's skill to get up by three parts of a length.
Reflecting on the win, Walsh said: "That's the quickest ground she's run on and I was fairly panicking off the bend as I didn't think I would get Glens Melody back. She has everything. It's a super performance to keep bringing her here to win."
Mullins added: "She's an absolute superstar, I'm so pleased for her and her connections. She's got her own place in history."
Last year's runner-up Sirene D'Ainay had taken the field along and was in the process of running a big race when falling at the penultimate flight, as the complexion of the race changed.
Walsh had already started asking the ten-year-old to chase the leaders, and she slowly but surely started to hit top gear, as Glens Melody went clear for Paul Townend.
Jumping the last Quevega was still second, but deep inside the final furlong she wore down her stablemate, four years her junior, to make history. Glens Melody took second at 14-1, with L'Unique running a fine race to claim third at 25-1.
Victory for Quevega completed a double on the card for Walsh and Mullins, having earlier struck in the Supreme Novices' Hurdle with Vautour.
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