Imperial Monarch Mare Lands Listed Contest
Cill Anna (5m Imperial Monarch – Technohead, by Distinctly North) gained an important black-type success when justifying favoritism in Saturday’s Listed Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle at Doncaster.
Her latest start marked a step up in trip to three miles, her two previous starts - both wins, having come over two miles and five furlongs. Regular rider Harry Cobden rode her to track the leaders, improving into second approaching three out and was ridden to join the leader Ziggy Rose (Fame And Glory) after the second last. Leading narrowly on the run-in, the bay kept on gamely to win by half a length.
Harry Derham, assistant to winning trainer Paul Nicholls, later said, “I was impressed with Cill Anna's attitude. Her jumping kept her in it and she showed how tough she is on that ground.”
Trained by Nicholls for the Stewart family, Cill Anna was bought for £115,000 after winning her sole point-to-point start for Colin Bowe. The daughter of Beeches Stud sire Imperial Monarch was bred by Ms Marisa and Michael Bourke.