Sport Horse Racing

Thursday 14 December 2017

DJ shopping for Newbury honours

Peter Fahey is hopeful Shop DJ can make the journey from Ireland worthwhile when she goes in search of Listed honours in Saturday's EBF Mares' "National Hunt" Novices' Hurdle Finale at Newbury.

The six-year-old gained her first victory over timber with a taking display at Cork on her penultimate start, before running an even better race to chase home prolific mare Our Girl Salley at Leopardstown.

Fahey believes the quicker surface she will encounter in Berkshire will not pose any problems and he would be delighted if his charge can run into the money.

"She's been running consistently well all season so we said we'd bring her over and let her take her chance," said the County Kildare-based trainer.

"We were a bit disappointed with the rating she's been given as we didn't expect her to be rated quite so high, but hopefully she'll travel over well and give a good account of herself.

"She should cope with the ground all right. She won a bumper in the Curragh on good ground, so she should be fine this weekend.

"Her last run was her best run to date by far, so fingers crossed. If she can pick up a bit more black type we'd be delighted."

Shop DJ features in a maximum field of 18 runners, with Nicky Henderson's four-time winner Whoops A Daisy heading the weights.

The Seven Barrows handler also saddles Line Freedom, Kells Belle and Semi Colon.

Other interesting contenders include Pam Sly's Wistow, the Bob Buckler-trained Mizzurka and Emmaslegend from the Suzy Smith stable.

High Benefit and Along Came Rosie are the two reserves.

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