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Mares Hurdle

16:10 Cheltenham Festival

2022-03-15

Winner: £67524

Runners: 12

Going: Good To Soft

No. of hurdles: 10

Distance: 2m3f200y

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The Mares’ Hurdle is a Grade 1 hurdle run over 2m4f and restricted to mares. It is run on day one of the Cheltenham Festival and is a relatively new addition to the meeting, having first been staged in 2008. Irish champion trainer Willie Mullins has dominated the Mares’ Hurdle, having won nine of the 13 runnings including the six in a row with star mare Quevega.

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Western Victory

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J: Tom Bellamy
T: Emma Lavelle
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11-5
137
156
Ended her time with Declan Queally in very good form but comfortably held in a pair of Grade 2 events for new yard in January; similar outcome is likely here.
10(0)
21-161
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Stormy Ireland

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J: Paul Townend
T: W P Mullins
8
11-5
150
161
Front-running mare who has enjoyed a very good spell since returned to Willie Mullins, including a 2m4f Grade 1 win at Punchestown last spring; proved all the sharper for a comeback run when making all in Grade 2 Relkeel here (extended 2m4f, soft) on latest start, although she was being strongly pressed when left clear at the last; runner-up in this in 2019.
4(0)
2-1623
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Indefatigable

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J: Rex Dingle
T: Paul Webber
9
11-5
146
158
Really likeable mare with a very good course record, including 2020 Martin Pipe win; ran as well as she's ever done when fourth to Black Tears in this 12 months ago and also good neck second to Martello Sky (who received 5lb) in handicap here (good to soft) in December; well below best when 12l third of four to Marie's Rock in 2m5f Warwick Listed race last month but every chance she'll bounce back returned to this venue.
3(0)
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Heaven Help Us

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J: Danny Mullins
T: Paul Hennessy
8
11-5
147
154
Ready all-the-way winner of the Coral Cup (2m5f, good to soft) at this fixture last year; back to her best when neck second to Royal Kahala in 2m4f Leopardstown Grade 3 (yielding to soft) in December; had Telmesomethinggirl 1l behind in third on that occasion but she received 8lb from Henry de Bromhead's charge; out of her depth in Irish Champion since.
2(0)
1-1343
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Echoes In Rain

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J: Mr P W Mullins
T: W P Mullins
6
11-5
150
161
Raced around only 2m over hurdles; three Graded novice wins (yielding/soft) last spring, including one at the highest level at Punchestown; below par on her first two outings this winter but back to her best when 7l third to Honeysuckle in the Irish Champion at Leopardstown (yielding) last month; can take a keen hold and it remains to be seen if this 4f longer trip plays to her strengths.
5(0)
-371P1
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Marie's Rock

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J: Nico de Boinville
T: Nicky Henderson
7
11-5
140
151
Suited by the step up to 2m5f when easily winning a soft-ground Kempton handicap on Boxing Day; had an excuse (badly hampered by faller at the second) when pulled up in the Lanzarote there next time and confirmed she's an improved performer around this distance when taking a 2m5f Warwick Listed event (good to soft) last month; a bit more will be needed here but she is unexposed at the trip; can get warm beforehand.
1(0)
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Burning Victory

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J: Sean O'Keeffe
T: W P Mullins
6
11-5
145
156
Fortunate winner of 2020 Triumph Hurdle; in good form on the Flat last year, including excellent second to Buzz in the Cesarewitch; bounced back from a disappointing hurdle return at Navan when third at Leopardstown over Christmas and built on that when seeing off Queens Brook from the front in 2m4f Grade 3 Quevega at Punchestown (soft to heavy) last month; first-time cheekpieces worn on that occasion are retained; should give a good account.
11(0)
31-553
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Telmesomethinggirl

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J: Rachael Blackmore
T: Henry De Bromhead
7
11-5
145
161
Ready winner of the Dawn Run at last year's Festival (2m1f, good to soft); no win in her three starts since but she was clear best at the weights when just over 1l third to Royal Kahala (received 5lb) and Heaven Help Us (received 8lb) in 2m4f Leopardstown Grade 3 in December; that very good performance came at a time when the stable was struggling in general, which perhaps makes it even more meritorious; leading claims.
9(0)
23-212
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Queens Brook

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J: Jack Kennedy
T: Gordon Elliott
7
11-5
142
153
Third in 2020 Champion Bumper here; has done well in quite a light hurdle career since, seeing off Ciel De Neige to win Fairyhouse conditions event (2m4f, yielding) in November; could never quite get to grips with Burning Victory in Grade 3 Quevega at Punchestown (2m4f, soft to heavy) since but it's possible she just needed that run after a break; could easily have a bigger performance in her; respected.
7(0)
4F1-14
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Mrs Milner

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J: B J Cooper
T: Paul Nolan
7
11-5
144
154
Comfortable winner of the Pertemps at last year's Festival (3m, good to soft); reappeared with a 2m6f Limerick Listed win (soft) in October but only a respectable fourth in 3m Newbury Grade 2 in November (off since); peak form has come at 2m6f+ but she's versatile having won a 2m Galway handicap at the start of last season.
8(0)
13-244
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Nada To Prada

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J: Richard Patrick
T: Michael Scudamore
7
11-5
126
136
Won a Listed mares' novice hurdle at Haydock (2m3f, heavy) last winter; hasn't really built on a promising chase debut second in the autumn and now returns to hurdles; has a lot to find.
6(0)
1-1411
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Martello Sky

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J: Bryony Frost
T: Lucy Wadham
6
11-5
143
152
Tough and consistent mare with an excellent 8-12 strike-rate; edged out Indefatigable in 2m4f handicap here (good to soft) in December, albeit in receipt of 5lb, and followed up in 2m4f mares' Listed race at Sandown (heavy) four weeks later; should give it her usual good shot but there's a suspicion she'll find a few of the Irish too strong.

RACING POST TIP

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Telmesomethinggirl
Since Quevega took her first of six as a 2-1 shot in 2009 the longest-priced favourite in this has been 6-4 but this year's renewal has a more open look to it. TELMESOMETHINGGIRL hasn't won in three outings since last year's Dawn Run success but she produced a clear career best on RPRs when failing by only just over 1l to give weight away in a Leopardstown Grade 3 over Christmas and a repeat of that form might be good enough. There's a possibility that Queens Brook just needed her first outing in nearly four months when beaten by Burning Victory at Punchestown three weeks ago and she can turn the tables on that rival and provide the chief threat. Relkeel winner Stormy Ireland is also on the shortlist.

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