Quevega, the winning-most horse of all-time at the Cheltenham Festival, will have her first daughter race at Tramore (14:05) this afternoon.
Princess Vega will run in the famous blue and red silks of her mother and is in the care of Quevega’s trainer, Willie Mullins, ahead of her debut outing.
The four-year-old filly by Beat Hollow will be ridden by Ireland’s champion jockey Paul Townend and is set to 14 rivals in the 2m maiden hurdle, for which she’s 4/5 favourite with Betfred.
Quevega was best known for her exploits at Cheltenham in March, where she won the Mares’ Hurdle for six years in succession (2009-2014) under Ruby Walsh, eclipsing Golden Miller’s record of five Festival wins in the process.
Quevega also has two foals by Walk In The Park – the sire of Mullins’ stars such as Douvan and Min – and a filly by Camelot. Mullins is excited to send Princess Vega to the races.
“Princess Vega is a nice filly. She jumps well and we’re looking forward to getting her started. She’s a typical summer filly, so we’re hoping she’ll do well over the coming months,” said the champion trainer.
On an interesting day of summer jumping, Nicky Henderson will be attempting to preserve his perfect record at Sedgefield.
The Seven Barrows maestro will send out runners at Sedgefield for just the second time in his lengthy career as Fix Sun (15.10) and Baiser Interdit (16.10), a pair of French imports, make their first starts in Britain for leading owners Simon Munir and Isaac Souede.
Henderson admits both are exciting and will be hoping they can justify short-odds before going away for their summer breaks.
“They are two nice horses who have both been in France and do everything nicely. We wanted to get a run into them for experience before they go off for the summer and it’s a good opportunity,” said Henderson.
Odds subject to change