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Wednesday, 23 January, 2019

Poignant success as Lady Rebecca's final two foals win over hurdles

Three-time Cleeve Hurdle winner was sourced by David Redvers for 400gns

Mary Eleanor: the final foal out of Lady Rebecca on her way to victory at Newcastle
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The legacy of outstanding jumps mare Lady Rebecca has been keenly felt in the last five days with her last two foals, Lady Karina and Mary Eleanor, having recorded victories.

The Tom Lacey-trained Mary Eleanor, by Midnight Legend, scored her first success when beating Katy Royal by a head in a mares' maiden hurdle contest at Newcastle last Friday.

Then the familiar brown, green and yellow colours of the Kinnersley Optimists that were carried to victory by Lady Rebecca on several occasions made a return to the winner's enclosure on Wednesday when the Venetia Williams-trained Lady Karina, a daughter of Kayf Tara, landed a handicap hurdle at Warwick by three lengths.

Williams' training career was kick-started by Lady Rebecca, who saddled the daughter of Rolfe to 13 victories including three consecutive renewals of the Cleeve Hurdle between 1999 to 2001.

Lady Rebecca passed away aged 21 in 2013, having produced eight foals in a breeding career overseen by bloodstock agent David Redvers, who will be forever linked with Lady Rebecca having paid the sum of 400gns to secure her as a yearling.

Redvers was naturally delighted to see her offspring score wins over hurdles over the past week.

"It's been great. I'm not pretending they're in the same class as Lady Rebecca but it's wonderful her legacy is being carried on," he said.

"Lady Karina was leased back to the syndicate as they're still mad keen on their racing. Mary Eleanor has been placed in all bar one of her bumper runs so it's great for her to win too."

Lady Karina and Mary Eleanor were raised at Tweenhills Farm and Stud in Gloucestershire and Redvers has another of her daughters, the Fraam mare Lady Samantha, based at the operation who he is breeding from.

Mary Eleanor carries the colours of Redvers' mother Mary with both being joint-owners in the multiple winner. The mare was the last foal produced by Lady Rebecca.

Redvers added: "Lady Karina and Mary Eleanor are future broodmares as well. Lady Rebecca was our first major success and she helped put me on the map which I'm forever grateful for."

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