Missy Tata is being lined up to race in the Mares’ Hurdle (10/1 – Winner or E/W) at the Cheltenham Festival following her fifth successive win at the Limerick Christmas meeting this past week.
The Gordon Elliott-trained five-year-old has enjoyed good progress since last spring’s victories at Punchestown and Killarney with an October triumph at Limerick following her summer break.
A Grade Three win came in November at Naas and Missy Tata rounded things off with a battling victory at Limerick on Wednesday.
The win had an extra significance for one of Missy Tata’s joint-owners, Simon Munir, given that it was his 100th triumph of 2016.
Anthony Bromley, racing manager for Munir and Isaac Souede, said: “Missy Tata was Simon’s 100th winner of the calendar year.
“He’s had 52 in France and 48 in England and Ireland, so it was nice to get to that figure before the end of the year.”
Missy Tata’s performances have resulted in a change of plan for her going into 2017 with the option of chasing put on the backburner so a trip to Cheltenham beckons.
Bromley added: “She has been very well placed by Gordon to win five races in a row and she’s a good mare.
“We’ll see where we go next with her. I’d imagine it will be a mares’ hurdle in England as there’s not much else for her in Ireland.
“We were planning on going chasing, but we’ve put that on hold until next season and her main aim is the David Nicholson (Mares’ Hurdle) at the Festival in March.”
Odds subject to change.