Miss Estela has been a beaten favourite on both starts over hurdles so far, but her fifth, beaten 11 lengths, behind subsequent Grade 2 winner Bitofapuzzle in a Listed mares’ ‘bumper’ at Cheltenham in November is strong form and she can get off the mark over obstacles in the Download The Winner.co.uk App Now “Hands And Heels” Handicap (2.00) at Carlisle on Thursday.
The daughter of Tobougg appeared not quite to get home over 2 miles 5½ furlongs at Huntingdon in January, but her previous form over 2 miles 3 furlongs, on soft going, at Exeter suggests that an extra half a furlong should be no problem. The winner at Exeter, Queen Of The Stage, was only beaten 5¼ lengths in a Listed mares’ contest at Sandown three weeks ago and is now officially rated 127. Miss Estela only went down by three-quarters of a length on that occasion, conceding 1lb so, off a handicap mark of just 109, she looks remarkably well treated for her handicap debut.
Trainer Warren Greatrex describes her as ‘a really exciting mare’ and she has the assistance of the most successful conditional jockey in the field, Conor Walsh, who’s ridden winners on both sides of the Irish Sea, so she looks one to be on at any price you can get.
Selection: Carlisle 2.00 Miss Estela to win