Mares’ Chase (Grade Two)
16:20 Cheltenham 19/03
This will be the first running of the Mares’ Chase, and if the Mares Hurdle races are anything to go by, it may be worth siding with the Willie Mullins runners. He has the top two in the market in Elimay and Colreevy.
Elimay is current favourite at around 2/1, a decent hurdler her form has gone up another notch for the switch to chasing. Winning a grade three and two novice chase last year but 5 and 9 lengths respectively. After nearly a year off she was beaten a nose in a mares listed hurdle, some 12 lengths in front of the 3rd horse that day. That freshened her up and she then went back over fences in an open grade two running Ryanair favourite Allaho close beating the others 79 lengths in behind. Back in Mares company she won eased down in a listed race over two miles. Her best form has been over a bit further and she is a worthy favourite here.
Colreevy is a fist season chaser and you’d think if not for Envoi Allen, she would be going to the Marsh instead of here. Some decent form over hurdles as well, since going over fences this year she is unbeaten having won her maiden by 15 lengths, that form is working out okay with The Big Dog in third who has recently won the grand national trial, Fils D’Oudairies also ran but fell and has since finished second to Envoi Allen. She then won a novice grade one from Pencilfulloflead with the front to 16 lengths clear, Asterion Forlonge fell that day but Colreevy won well enough. She then ran in a mares novice grade two winning by 12 lengths but not much else ran in there bar Mount Idawho isn’t bad but not amazing by any means. Of the two I like Elimay for the extra experience as second season chaser but it would be no surprise to me if Colreevy wins.
There is another Mullins horse who I’m interest in seeing if she makes it here. She hasn’t ran since October 2019 but has some excellent form in the book. That is Robin De Carlow, not seen since seeing off Put The Kettle On in a grade three novice chase, Put The Kettle On is now a short enough price for the Champion Chase. Before that she had won a couple of decent novice chases and got a pair of listed hurdles and one grade three hurdle under her belt. She is still entered in this race and if she turns up I think will be a good each way play at 20/1.
Elimay 1pt win 15/8
Robin De Carlow 20/1 0.5pts each way- NRNB as she may not go.