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Mares Novices Hurdle Preview - Cheltenham Festival

Published on: 14/03/2019

Mares Novices Hurdle Preview - Cheltenham Festival

March 14, 2018 16:50pm - Cheltenham

Cheltenham Festival

Distance: 2m 179y

Grade: 2

Runners: 22

Winner: £50,643.00 2nd: £19,080.00 3rd: £9,549.00 4th: £4,770.00 5th: £2,394.00 6th: £1,197.00 7th: £594.00 8th: £306.00

Going: Soft (Heavy in places)

Epatante has the form and reputation to grab the attention from this 22-horse field. Impressive her two runs since switching owners, she seems to have plenty more in the tank and Nicky Henderson has high hopes for her. Landed a Grade 1 win during her time in France so there is plenty to suggest she has a bright future. She has a big chance and 5/2 doesn’t look a bad price.

Further down the field, Lust For Glory looks good value with prices of 16/1 or better available. She has shared the spoils in two previous clashes with the well-fancied Posh Trish this term, landing an impressive novice win at Newbury after returning from a break in the process. She then won with plenty to spare at Newcastle last time out and that should leave her fresh for a go at this. While Epatante looks the best bet for a win, Lust For Glory should appeal to the each-way bettors.

Another one to consider in the each-way market is Sinoria. She won on her debut over two miles and four furlongs at Down Royal and went on to beat Grade 1-winner Chosen Mate in an impressive time at a Listed Novice event at Punchestown over two miles. Ahe should keep improving and could take her chance to step up here.

Mares Novices Hurdle Winners - past two years:

2016: Limini (5) - Ruby Walsh (Willie Mullins)

2017: Let`s Dance (5) - Ruby Walsh (Willie Mullins)

2018: Laurina (5) - P Townend (Willie Mulins)

Latest Betting odds:

Epatante 9/4

Posh Trish 6/1

Sinoria 10/1

My Sister Sarah 11/1

Elusive Bell 12/1

Queenofhearts 14/1

Lust For Glory 16/1

Sancta Simona 16/1

25/1 bar

You can back Epatante to win at 2/1, Lust For Glory (E/W) at 16/1 and Sinoria (E/W) at 10/1.

By Neil Morris

Published on: 14/03/2019

Any odds displayed within this preview were correct at the time of publishing (14/03/2019 11:25:11) but are subject to change.