Rachael Blackmore, leading rider at the Cheltenham Festival got off the mark at Aintree’s big meeting with victory on Me Too Please in the Goffs UK Nickel Coin Mares’ Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race.
Once in front, Me Too Please (14-1) showed her inexperience by veering over to the far side but Blackmore kept the partnership intact.
They crossed the line a length and a half to the good over Elle Est Belle, with Miss Lamb third in the Grade Two contest.
The Pam Sly-trained Eileendover was sent off the evens favourite but she never looked like adding to her three previous victories and was a never-threatening fourth.
Blackmore said: “I’m absolutely thrilled to ride a big winner like this for Arthur, he was very good to me in my early days when I was in college.
“He said she was in very good form at home and he was very happy with her coming over. It looked a very hot race on paper, but he was happy with her and we got a lovely passage through the race. He did tell me to try not to get down the rail, and of course I was down the rail, but it when it works out, it’s great.
“She just showed a bit of greenness when the rail went away, but she galloped all the way to the line and it was a very good performance.”