Mares' Chase Guide 2022

Andy Smith | @AndySmithRacing

Cheltenham - March 18 2022
Cheltenham 16:50
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Mark Walsh

Elimay

J: Mark Walsh
T: W P Mullins
N/A
Age: 8
Weight: 11-2
OR: 155
Days: 34

Starting her career over in France, she ran well in multiple graded hurdles. Picked up and moved over to Ireland for training with Willie Mullins, she won a few hurdle events before going chasing.

Winning a Grade 3 and Grade 2 novice chases on her first goes over fences, she then ran a screamer to be 2nd to Allaho. Sent off a short priced favourite for the first renewal of this race, she couldn’t get the better of Colreevy who franked the form subsequently.

This season she’s looked a little lacklustre. Being easily overturned by Zambella at Aintree, she was then unable to get the better of Mount Ida despite being in receipt of weight.

She did win a listed event last time out and ran a belter in this last year. A vulnerable favourite however.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
17/11/22CLO20.5Sft/Hy11-54
29/04/22PUN21Gd/Y11-52
18/03/22CHL20.5GS11-21
12/02/22NAA16Sft/Hy11-01
01/01/22FAI21.5Y11-22
Cheltenham - March 18 2022
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Paul Townend

Concertista

J: Paul Townend
T: W P Mullins
N/A
Age: 8
Weight: 11-5
OR: 152
Days: 80

Wearing the double green of Munir and Souede, Concertista is no stranger to the festival.

Willie Mullins’ 8 year old ran in the Mares’ Novice hurdle on her debut and ran a screamer to be 2nd in a photo. She then returned the next year as a novice and hacked up in the same race.

She remained over hurdles for the following season and kept notching wins before a heart breaking 2nd place in last years’ Mares’ Hurdle.

Connections decided to take her chasing this season and she’s scored over 2 miles and 22 furlongs this season to win two Grade 2 events.

She’s got tactical pace and stays. Likely to play a major role.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
28/04/22PUN23.5Gd/Y11-3PU
18/03/22CHL20.5GS11-55
28/12/21LIM22.5Hy11-71
05/12/21COR16.5Sft11-21
01/05/21PUN20Gd/Y11-93
Cheltenham - March 18 2022
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Charlie Deutsch

Pink Legend

J: Charlie Deutsch
T: Venetia Williams
N/A
Age: 8
Weight: 11-2
OR: 137
Days: 34

Only able to win twice over hurdles, she contested mainly low grade affairs for Venetia Williams, the improvement came when switching to fences.

Winning on debut over the bigger jumps, Pink Legend rounded out her novice season by winning a listed mares’ handicap over this course and distance.

She’s been in decent form this season winning a couple of races including another listed race over at Huntingdon when beating Vienna Court.

She fell last time out when struggling to give Zambella a race.

Likely to be lacking the needed quality.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
27/01/23HUN20GS11-64
29/12/22DON20.5Gd11-63
04/12/22HUN20Gd11-16
20/04/22PER24GS11-42
18/03/22CHL20.5GS11-22
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Davy Russell

Mount Ida

J: Davy Russell
T: Gordon Elliott
N/A
Age: 8
Weight: 11-2
OR: 156
Days: 76

A festival winner, Mount Ida looked to have lost all interest in the Kim Muir last year as the favourite.

She was detached and jumping poorly until late where she stormed home to beat subsequent Ladbroke Trophy winner Cloudy Glen.

Before that she had been beaten by the eventual mares’ chase winner Colreevy but was well held by Elimay at Fairyhouse at the end of the season.

This season she’s been perfect and has won both of her starts over fences. Beating Scarlet and Dove in a listed race over 2.5 miles.

She then took on Elimay and lowered her colours again over this trip in a grade 3 event when giving weight away to that smart rival.

A touch overpriced maybe, she’s been in fine form since taking to fences.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
01/12/22THU22Y11-04
18/04/22FAI29Y11-6UR
09/04/22AIN34.5GS11-5UR
18/03/22CHL20.5GS11-27
01/01/22FAI21.5Y11-51
Cheltenham - March 18 2022
Cheltenham 16:50
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Daryl Jacob

Zambella

J: Daryl Jacob
T: Nigel Twiston-Davies
N/A
Age: 7
Weight: 11-2
OR: 142
Days: 34

Another for Souede and Munir, this time trained by Nigel Twiston-Davies, Zambella gave over from France with a big reputation but struggled to find her feet over hurdles.

Sent chasing, she found more success winning a listed novice event for mares. She backed that up with two more wins in listed company before falling in this race last year when a big price.

She’s been good this season. Winning another listed race at Aintree where she had Elimay behind her, she backed that up at Doncaster.

She seems to have found her level in listed races and needs to take a step forward to trouble those at the top of the betting.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
27/01/23HUN20GS11-62
29/12/22DON20.5Gd11-61
27/11/22CRL20Sft11-61
10/11/22MAR24GS11-62
20/04/22PER24GS11-43
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B J Cooper

Scarlet And Dove

J: B J Cooper
T: Joseph Patrick O'Brien
N/A
Age: 8
Weight: 11-5
OR: 149
Days: 50

Joseph O’Brien wasted little time over hurdles with Scarlet And Dove as she only ran 3 times over timber before taking to fences, winning only a maiden.

She’s fared well in mares’ events over fences and won a grade 3 over two miles before stepping up in trip and winning over 22 furlongs in a Grade 2.

She’s failed to uphold her form however and found herself well stuffed by Mount Ida twice before a poor run in a handicap when last seen.

She has plenty to prove.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
01/01/23FAI21Sft11-31
17/11/22CLO20.5Sft/Hy11-53
29/04/22PUN21Gd/Y11-51
18/03/22CHL20.5GS11-53
27/01/22GOW25Sft10-6PU
Cheltenham - March 18 2022
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Sam Twiston-Davies

Vienna Court

J: Sam Twiston-Davies
T: Nigel Twiston-Davies
N/A
Age: 7
Weight: 11-2
OR: 141
Days: 49

Last seen being beaten by Pink Legend in a listed race at Huntingdon, Vienna Court spent longer over hurdles and garnered some more success over timber.

A decent season ending in a decent outing in the mare’s novice hurdle behind Concertista, beaten a wide margin.

She’s been better over fences despite a lacklustre debut season where she failed to win, she’s been better this season.

Being 3rd behind The Glancing Queen before winning a low level handicap and then winning a grade 3 event here at Cheltenham on New Year’s Day.

Unable to give 2lbs away to Pink Legend last time out, she will appreciate coming back to Cheltenham where she’s won twice.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
16/04/22HAY21.5Gd12-3F
18/03/22CHL20.5GS11-26
28/01/22HUN20GS11-42
01/01/22CHL20.5Sft10-61
10/12/21CHL20.5GS11-121
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Sam Coltherd

Maid O'Malley

J: Sam Coltherd
T: Stuart Coltherd
N/A
Age: 9
Weight: 11-2
OR: 121
Days: 39

A 9 year old mare trained by Stuart Coltherd, she failed to land any blows in her three runs over hurdles with the plan seemingly always to go over fences.

She failed to win in any of her first 8 starts over fences in her novice season but did run well in defeat a few times, ending the season rated a poor 108.

This season she’s been running in handicaps still but has managed to taste success winning a couple of low grade affairs over intermediate trips.

Her form doesn’t amount to much and she has bundles to find to get involved.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
29/12/22DON20.5Gd11-24
27/11/22CRL20Sft11-22
16/04/22HAY21.5Gd11-45
18/03/22CHL20.5GS11-2F
07/02/22CRL21Sft11-61