2022 Mares’ Hurdle Ante-Post Preview – 33/1 Glen Can Score in March
2022 Mares’ Hurdle Ante-Post Preview
Our expert has delved through the current state of play in the Mares’ Hurdle betting market, identifying a selection available at odds of 33/1 with SkyBet. Check out their thoughts below, and why not also check out our Gold Cup ante-post preview.
Mares’ Hurdle (Tuesday 15th March 2022)
The Mares’ Hurdle has proven a welcome addition to the Cheltenham Festival roster since its inception back in 2008.
The Irish have farmed this race and it’s no surprise that the top of the market is flooded with horses trained from across the Irish Sea.
Concertista had looked smart when bolting up at the 2020 Festival, but she was beaten at prohibitive odds in this race last year and at the Punchestown Festival subsequently.
She’s out to a double-figure price for the Mares’ Hurdle now and with connections reportedly keen to send her chasing, which makes her an unlikely runner at this stage.
Stablemate Shewearsitwell is a perfect 3-3 in her career up to now, impressively landing a Grade 3 at Tipperary last time out.
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Continuing the Mullins’ theme, Stormy Ireland looks another player in this having claimed Grade 1 honours at the Punchestown Festival back in May. Concerns surrounding this mare centre on the fact that she has never really looked at her best around Cheltenham, however, and she does look vulnerable to a less exposed sort.
On horse who fits that description is GLENS OF ANTRIM, who should be respected for this at her current 33/1 price.
Although winless from five starts in this sphere, this JP McManus recruit bumped into the likes of Stattler and Mr Incredible in maidens, before running respectably in Grade 1’s at Cheltenham and Fairyhouse.
She still appeared to be learning on the job a little last season and was a little keener than ideal in some of her races, but that experience looks sure to benefit in the long-term and the intermediary distance in prospect at next year’s Festival will suit significantly more than the 2m1f contested in March.
From the family of 2015 Mares’ Hurdle winner Glens Melody, Glens Of Antrim is certainly bred to make her mark in this race, and should she get a couple of wins under her belt prior to the race expect current odds of 33/1 to look generous come March.