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My Petra Interesting Boylesports Gold Cup Runner

Wednesday 10th December 2008

On her first outing this season My Petra from the Nicky Henderson yard was switched back to hurdles and recorded a comfortable success in a Listed mares event at Wetherby on November 1. Three weeks later, My Petra recorded the biggest victory of her career to date in the Grade Two Amlin 1965 Chase at Ascot where she came home six lengths clear of Oceanos Des Obeaux. She looks likely to take her chance in the £150,000 Boylesports.com Gold Cup at Cheltenham, for which she is a 10/1 chance with the sponsors.

Nicky Henderson said in the week before the race: "I think we ought to run her in the Boylesports.com Gold Cup. She is a mare who seems to be improving. "I am not convinced about stamina but Mick (Fitzgerald) was never worried about it. She seemed to stay at Ascot."

My Petra was sold to her current connections during the summer of 2007, the five-year-old joined Nicky Henderson last season and was switched to fences. She showed a good level of form, winning at Hereford and running a fine race when second to Tiger Cry in the Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Chase at The Festival.

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