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Aintree 2015: Mares’ bumper preview (17:40)

| 11.04.2015

Irish raiders Babylone Des Motte and Whistle Dixie look the pair to concentrate on in the Mares’ bumper (17:40) that rounds off the Grand National meeting at Aintree, and the latter is taken to come out on top in the 2m lf Listed contest.

The five-year-old was purchased by the Gigginstown House Stud after winning here sole start in a point at Lemonfield last March, and looked a smart prospect when making a winning debut under rules at Limerick for trainer Gordon Elliott.

After racing wide throughout, Whistle Dixie cruised into contention five furlongs from home and, after taking up the running at the two marker, readily pulled clear to win by 3 3/4 lengths.

The well-bred daughter of Kayf Tara followed-up with an easy 5 1/2 lengths success at Fairyhouse, again travelling strongly before asserting two from home to score with tons in hand.

Whistle Dixie was sent off a heavily backed favourite for a 24-runner Listed contest at Sandown on the back of that effort, but clipped heels and stumbled after just five furlongs.

Jockey Bryan Cooper has no chance of staying in the saddle, but luckily Whistle Dixie was nonne the worse for the tumble and led home the field without a rider.

Judged on her previous efforts, Whistle Dixie looks a smart prospect who is well worth another chance to confirm that view in the hands of crack amateur jockey Nina Carberry.

Babylone Des Motte was badly hampered when Whistle Dixie unseated, but went on to land the spoils in good style.

The four-year-old, who was having her first start for Champion Irish trainer Willie Mullins after winning a bumper in France, scythed through the field like a knife through butter to take up the running at the two marker and showing a smart turn of foot to beat Briery Queen by a length.

Jockey Ruby Walsh only had to give Babylone Des Mottes a back-hander to get the job done, and it was a very taking effort which suggested she had a big future.

The daughter of Blue Bresil is entitled to come for that run, her first in 228 days and, with Walsh once again doing the steering, commands the utmost respect for a yard which cleans-up in this type of contest.

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David Metcalf

A lifelong Manchester United supporter, David has over 25 years’ experience in the media industry having worked for regional and national newspapers. He is a huge horse racing, football and greyhound fan and has done interviews on various radio and TV stations, including talkSPORT and Sky Sports, whilst working as a PR front man for a betting firm. David has also written for most of the top Premier League football fan websites, and produced a Cheltenham Festival guide with former eight-times champion national hunt jockey Peter Scudamore, MBE, after helping him to set up a syndicate for his trainer son Michael.