Magical Zoe (Shantou) wins at Gowrab Park for Henry de Bromhead and owners Patrick & Scott Bryceland.
Last seen in April when finishing 5th in a Grade I at Fairyhouse, the Cheltenham Mares Novice hurdle 2nd was much the best here and won easily under Adrian Heskin. She should be in line for an exciting season.
After the race her trainer said ”She has plenty of options, there’s the Listed Grabel Mares Hurdle at Punchestown on Morgiana weekend or she could take on the boys in the Grade 2 hurdle at Down Royal and then try two and a half miles at Leopardstown but I’ll speak to the owners and see. We need to see with regards to the spring whether we do stay two and a half miles but I’m delighted with that as it’s a great start. ”