Private purchase Hestina (Soldier Of Fortune), wins the Racing UK Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle at Ludlow, for Dan Skelton and owner Barabara Hester.
Having just her fourth start over hurdles, Hestina, who was a well backed favourite before the off, travelled strongly throughout the contest for jockey Harry Skelton and was neat and tidy at her hurdles.
After being left in front at the turn for home, she put the race to bed with relative ease, running out a comfortable 8 length winner. Speaking after the race, trainer Dan Skelton said ‘Hestina clearly appreciated the better spring ground today, and won her race well. She will now be aimed at the mares hurdle at Huntingdon on Easter Monday’.