Queen in the Market for success
Desert Queen gained the most significant victory of her career after making her first start over fences a winning one in the Bud Booth Mares' Chase at Market Rasen.
Desert Queen made a winning debut over fences
The talented but temperamental eight-year-old struck at Listed level for the first time when taking the inaugural running of the race named after the Lincolnshire track's long-serving chairman Colin 'Bud' Booth.
Although briefly threatening to misbehave at the start, once settled into a rhythm in front the Harry Fry-trained mare put in a largely solid round of jumping under Nick Scholfield.
Despite drifting left and coming together with favourite La Vaticane at the last, the 7-2 shot pulled out plenty up the the run-in to register a five-length success.
Fry said: "It was not the most conventional route going open class chasing first time out over fences.
"Since she had come back in the plan had been to go to Fontwell on Friday for a mares' beginners chase but with the way the ground was and with there not being many entries in this race we decided to go here.
"It's great to run in and win a prize like this with her on her first run over fences. She has her quirks, as we saw today, but she has ability.
"She has had a lot of experience in point-to-points and she has been schooling well. Once she gets into a rhythm she just keeps galloping as she has got a high cruising speed.
"She jumped very well on the whole, although she just got in a bit tight at the end with the runner-up.
"We will probably drop her back for a two-and-a-half-mile Listed novice mares' chase at Warwick on December 8, as there is nothing this side of Christmas over three miles for her."
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