Kirby exploring options for Lady Buttons following Doncaster strike

‘Not a bother’ on classy mare

  • Sunday 30 December
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Phil Kirby is considering options in Britain and Ireland for his prolific mare Lady Buttons.

The eight-year-old secured her third victory from as many starts this season – and her 11th career win overall – with a dominant display in a Listed contest at Doncaster on Saturday.

That was her first success over two and a half miles, giving Kirby a few more options heading into the new year.

However, he still feels suitable opportunities are thin on the ground and is not ruling out pitching Lady Buttons in at the deep end in the Queen Mother Champion Chase at the Cheltenham Festival in March.

Kirby said: “She’s come out of Doncaster great. There’s not a bother on her and we’re delighted, obviously.

“We’re going to come up with a plan. We haven’t really finalised anything at this stage.

“There is a two-mile Listed mares’ chase at Naas on February 9 (Opera Hat Mares’ Chase), so that could be a possibility. There’s also a two-mile-three-furlong mares’ chase at Huntingdon worth good money on January 25.

“Now that she’s proved she stays two and a half that opens up a few more options. I do think she’s better over two miles, but the races just aren’t there for her.

“It probably sounds a bit daft, but we’ll probably give her an entry in the Champion Chase. There’s nowhere else to go, so we might see if we can frighten Altior away!”

Kirby exploring options for Lady Buttons following Doncaster strike
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