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Mares Chase

16:50 Cheltenham Festival

2022-03-18

Winner: £67582.28

Runners: 8

Going: Good To Soft

No. of hurdles: 17

Distance: 2m4f127y

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3(0)
21-321
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Elimay

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J: Mark Walsh
T: W P Mullins
8
11-2
155
171
Lost out narrowly after a protracted duel with Colreevy in this last year; hasn't matched that form this term; some ordinary jumping proved costly when narrowly beaten by Mount Ida at Fairyhouse in January (2m5f, yielding) but she is meeting that rival on 3lb worse terms now; new cheekpieces/tongue-tie sparked a better jumping performance at Naas last time (2m, soft to heavy) but she didn't beat much; others are more appealing.
1(0)
12-311
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Concertista

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J: Paul Townend
T: W P Mullins
8
11-5
152
163
Cheltenham Festival record of 212, with the win an emphatic success in the 2020 mares' novice hurdle and last year's defeat was by only a head in the 2m4f mares' hurdle; has made a seamless transition to fences this winter and jumped well when making it 2-2 at Limerick in December (2m6f, heavy); wouldn't need much more to complete the hat-trick against rivals with less scope for further progress in this sphere.
6(0)
-1P61F
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Pink Legend

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J: Charlie Deutsch
T: Venetia Williams
8
11-2
137
153
Her four chase wins (on good/soft) include one over C&D last April and she is closely matched with Vienna Court on their Huntingdon meeting in January, but consistency is not a strong point and she was beaten when falling in the Uttoxeter race won by Zambella last month; would need a big career best to win this.
5(0)
213-11
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Mount Ida

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J: Davy Russell
T: Gordon Elliott
8
11-2
156
169
Has won four of her seven chases over a variety of trips, including the 3m2f Kim Muir at last year's Festival despite jumping moderately and looking under pressure for most of the way (hit 1000 on the exchanges); her two wins this season (on soft/yielding) have been more straightforward, although she did show a tendency to jump to her right at Fairyhouse last time (2m5f); the one to beat if matching that form.
8(0)
-41121
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Zambella

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J: Daryl Jacob
T: Nigel Twiston-Davies
7
11-2
142
160
Fell three out when starting to creep into contention in last year's renewal; 3-6 since but defeats have come over different trips (one a hurdle race) and she has made all in three 2m4f mares' races this season, barely coming out of second gear at Uttoxeter last time (2m4f, soft); each-way claims.
2(0)
5-223P
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Scarlet And Dove

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J: B J Cooper
T: Joseph Patrick O'Brien
8
11-5
149
159
The Thyestes proved beyond her last time but she picked up minor honours on previous two outings in mares' races at Clonmel (2m4f, soft) and Fairyhouse (2m5f, yielding); place claims on that evidence but she was behind Mount Ida both times.
7(0)
3-3112
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Vienna Court

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J: Sam Twiston-Davies
T: Nigel Twiston-Davies
7
11-2
141
160
Has taken form to a new high this winter, with C&D handicap win (soft) from off the pace against the boys in January the highlight; lesser effort behind Pink Legend at Huntingdon last time (2m4f, good to soft) but can gain revenge back at her favourite track; still looks a few pounds short of the best of these.
4(0)
2-2211
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Maid O'Malley

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J: Sam Coltherd
T: Stuart Coltherd
9
11-2
121
135
Took 14 attempts to get off the mark under rules but made it two wins just 11 days later at Carlisle (2m5f, soft); clearly in good order but the RPR of 123 she recorded last time leaves her with a mountain to climb in this much more exalted company.

RACING POST TIP

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Concertista
Three Irish mares head the betting and CONCERTISTA is the most appealing. She has made an impressive start to her chase career and the pick of her hurdling efforts suggest there is more in the tank. She would be meeting Elimay and Mount Ida on better terms in a handicap, but Elimay hasn't been quite at her best this winter and, despite last year's Festival win, Mount Ida would prefer to go the other way around. The second Munir & Souede runner Zambella wasn't totally out of it when coming down last year and she is the most appealing each-way contender.

Verdict

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