Annie Mc once again took advantage of the race against her own gender as she missed a convincing winner of the Yorkshire Silver Vase Mares race at Doncaster.
Since pulling off a hat trick in Bangor in February, Annie Mc has had a hard time in the Marsh Chase, Old Roan Chase and the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup.
But coach Jonjo O’Neill spotted an opportunity on Town Moor for the six-year-old, who duly forced him to pick up the Listed Prize in the hands of Richie McLernon.
Casablanca Mix was the first to set the pace, with My Old Gold and Annie Mc up close.
McLernon attacked Annie Mc as the pitch turned into a straight line, with four fences left for jumping.
Cut The Mustard came from last place to challenge Annie Mc, but the 11-4 favorite was too strong and moved away to score by 16 lengths. Midnightreferendum was eight and a half lengths behind in third place.
Speaking of Newbury, O’Neill said: “She made a little mistake or two, but she did a good job overall.
“She’s a great little mare, and they had a blast with her. We went there a bit with tongue in cheek really, but it worked out well. I wish I could have had more like her.
“His first two runs were good, but I would say the ground played in his hands today because it was pretty soft there – so I’m glad they ran (after two morning inspections)!
“It always helps to race against the mares. She’s been brilliant for the (owners) group (Coral Champions Group), though.”
While Annie Mc’s long-term future is like a broodmare, O’Neill sees no reason to retire her just yet.
“We’ll have to see what it’s for but we’ll have a bit of fun with it because it will take quite a long time to breed,” said the Jackdaw Castle handler.
“I hadn’t expected this to be her last season. She wants to run – and as long as she’s in good shape, we’ll keep going.
“The new mare race at Cheltenham would have to be thought of as a target now if the ground was right.”