Thank you for signing up. 

We've sent you an email. Please click on the link to verify your address.

Win big with FREE Tips from our experts

Get our professional tips mailed direct

Highland Retreat ready to take on Cheltenham Festival queen Quevega

Harry Fry accepts taking on Mares' Hurdle queen Quevega at the 2014 Cheltenham Festival is a big task but the trainer is hoping his progressive charge Highland Retreat can continue on an upward curve and make her presence felt.

The seven-year-old showed plenty of promise as a novice last season, winning at Exeter and Taunton and being placed on four of her other five starts, and this term has really built on those efforts.

After opening the campaign with a game success in handicap company at Wincanton, Highland Retreat took a step up in class in her stride when making all to land a Listed race at Kempton despite blundering at the final flight.

However, it was her latest victory at Ascot which really made people sit up and take notice as the mare made light of testing conditions to win going away from a decent yardstick in Carole's Spirit over three miles.

"She's tough and game and that's all you can ask for," said trainer Fry. "Obviously the David Nicholson Mares' Hurdle will be a drop down in trip of half a mile from what she won over at Ascot last time, but she handles cut underfoot really well and jumps superbly out of those conditions, so if it is soft then her stamina could come into play. She's done nothing wrong all season and just kept on improving."

The mighty Quevega will be looking to claim a historic sixth straight triumph in this contest and has again been laid out for the Cheltenham Festival ever since following up last term's impressive success with another win at Punchestown.

Willie Mullins' wonder mare currently shares the record for consecutive Festival victories with Gold Cup legend Golden Miller and can move into a league of her own if prevailing once again, but at the age of 10 there is a feeling that she cannot go on obliging forever.

"She's a superstar and if she turns up on her game like she has done for the last few seasons then we'll all be running for second place again," admitted Fry. "But someone's got to finish second and one day Quevega can't win, so if it's soft we'll be there to take that chance."


Cheltenham promotions United States
Change Location


Share this with your friends

To:
From:
Your comments:

Highland Retreat ready to take on Cheltenham Festival queen Quevega

Harry Fry accepts taking on Mares' Hurdle queen Quevega at the 2014 Cheltenham Festival is a big task but the trainer is hoping his progressive charge Highland Retreat can continue on an upward curve and make her presence felt.

Read more »

You have unread messages

You have unread messages