Defeat spells end to Quevega's glittering career
Quevega's glorious career came to an end in defeat when she was carried out on her shield at Punchestown yesterday.
Willie Mullins' record-breaking six-time Cheltenham Festival-winning heroine showed all of her indomitable determination to flash home late in the Ladbrokes World Series Hurdle. But the race hadn't gone entirely smoothly for her under Ruby Walsh, and Jessica Harrington-trained Jetson built up a decisive advantage under Davy Russell.
Both Russell and Harrington departed not just with the €120,000 winner's purse in the three-mile feature, but with a treble each.
Jetson belied odds of 20/1 to spearhead the trios for Russell and Harrington, whose haul came in at an eye-watering cumulative price of 3,464/1. The bookmakers' take on the day was down 2pc from 2013 to €1,413,842, but they will have departed with a healthy profit, the average price of the eight winners coming in at 16/1.
No loser will have returned as much of a yield as the odds-on Quevega. "Her racing career is finished," confirmed Mullins. "She is a special mare and it would be hard to repeat what she has done. We'll always be trying to buy one like her, but you can't replace her."