Augusta Kate makes hurdling bow

Augusta Kate, one of last season's best bumper performers, makes her debut over obstacles in Thursday's Sportsmens Mares Maiden Hurdle at Thurles.

Augusta Kate will make her hurdling debut on Thursday

The five-year-old boasts a high-profile group of owners in the Masters Syndicate, which includes Graham Wylie, owner of the likes of Inglis Drever, former England captain Alan Shearer, TV presenters Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly and golfer Lee Westwood.

The group decided to go into ownership whilst watching Westwood at Augusta in the US Masters, hence the name of the horse and the syndicate.

Luckily for them she is well above average, winning her first two races by a total of 30 lengths before she was a beaten favourite in the Champion Bumper against the boys.

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Just touched off at Aintree, she then won at Punchestown and hopes are high she can make her mark over hurdles.

Patrick Mullins, assistant trainer to his father, Willie, said: "She's starting off over nearly three miles, but I'm almost certain the trip won't be an issue.

"What is in her favour is that she settles well and is very relaxed, that is a big advantage. She's not very big but she has schooled well.

"It was pleasing to see the horse she beat at Punchestown, Forge Meadow, win the other day over hurdles."

Augusta Kate will have to concede at least 8lb to each of her 15 rivals.

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