Cheltenham win for Mahler mare

Ms Parfois (6m Mahler-Dolly Lewis, by Sir Harry Lewis) brought a Cheltenham success for Mahler on Friday when landing a classy mares’ chase.

The six-year-old tracked the leaders before being delivered by Noel Fehily to take the lead approaching the last. She stayed on well to win by a length from Theatre Territory.

“She is a point-to-point winner and a big, strong mare,” said winning trainer Anthony Honeyball. “I suppose we will keep looking at any of the Listed mares’ events – we have black-type from her hurdling campaign but we will be looking at a three and a half-mile handicap chaser next season. We will make the most of her novice tag this season.”

Fehily was impressed by his mount and added: “This was only her second run over fences and she is a young mare. She has a good attitude and stays well, so I would say that there is plenty more to come.”

A pointing, bumper and hurdling winner, Ms Parfois was bred by William and Daryl Deacon.

Meanwhile, recent Limerick maiden hurdle winner Chris’s Dream (5g Mahler-Janebailey, by Silver Patriarch) continued a good day for Mahler when selling for £175,000 to agent Tom Malone at the post-racing sale at Cheltenham.

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