Indefatigable secured her place at the Cheltenham Festival with an emphatic display to claim Listed honours in the Paddy Power 31 Sleeps To Cheltenham Mares’ Hurdle at Warwick.
Enjoying the drying conditions in the winter sunshine, Paul Webber’s seven-year-old now has connections choosing between the Cheltenham Festival Mares’ Hurdle, registered as the David Nicholson, and the Coral Cup as to her main target.
The 7-2 co-favourite took over the lead from Guardia Top on the run to the second-last.
A mistake there failed to halt her momentum and she showed a decisive foot to score by six lengths from Copper Gone West.
Webber said: “She got a bit lazy in front at the second-last, which is why she clattered that, but she jumped the last well.
“We’ll see what we need to do. She’s an entry in the David Nicholson and she’ll get an entry in the Coral Cup maybe, as long as she doesn’t go up too much for today. I don’t think she’ll go up a lot on ratings.
“She’s got course form at Cheltenham and she’s better on drier ground.
“I walked the course here with my wife and three dogs. We had 16 feet going round on Wednesday to get an opinion on it. Spring ground will help her a lot.”
Winning rider Richie McLernon said: “It was nice to get the ride. She’s a nice mare.
“The ground drying out helped a bit and the only mistake she made was at the second-last.
“The ground was too soft for her at Sandown, but she’s shown her true colours today.
“She’s entitled to go to Cheltenham.”