Quevega: 6-4 favourite for the Grade 2 David Nicholson Mares' HurdlePICTURE: Caroline Norris
Quevega back in full training, reports Mullins
WILLIE MULLINS was able to offer some good news to jump fans amid all the doom and gloom of abandonments by reporting that his star mare Quevega is "now back in full training".
An impressive 14-length winner of last year's David Nicholson Mares' Hurdle, the six-year-old is a best-priced 6-4 favourite with William Hill to retain her crown and as short as 25-1 with Victor Chandler and Paddy Power for the Smurfit Kappa Champion Hurdle.
Quevega has been off the track since finishing down the field at Auteuil last May and Mullins, quoted in his blog on goracing.ie, said: "The cold snap has allowed us to spend a bit of time moving horses around to where they need to be and it’s great to have her [Quevega] back with us.
"She has been doing plenty of slow hacking with my former head-girl Tracey Gilmore, who runs her own pre-training yard these days, and the hope was that we would be able to get stuck into her now."
It is thought a spring campaign may be the objective with Mullins adding that "sending her straight to Cheltenham wouldn’t unduly worry me".