Mares Chase Odds 2023
Cheltenham Festival 2023
The Mares’ Chase is a Grade 2 race over an extended two and a half miles on the final day of the Cheltenham Festival. It is restricted to mares aged five years and over and was added to the festival in 2021, replacing the Centenary Novices’ Handicap Chase. The inaugural running was won by Colreevy, trained by Willie Mullins and ridden by Paul Townend.
Mullins has the favourite in the Mares Chase Odds 2023 with Elimay, runner-up to her stable companion last year. He could also be represented by Concertista while opposition comes from Gordon Elliott’s Mount Ida, the winner of last season’s Kim Muir and a 20-1 chance for next month’s Aintree Grand National.
Mares Chase Odds and Entries 2023
This looks like being one of several clashes between the Irish powerhouse stables of Willie Mullins and Gordon Elliott at the 2023 Cheltenham Festival. Mullins saddled the first two last year and runner-up Elimay is the obvious stable first choice.
The grey was beaten half a length after a sustained duel with Colreevy last season. She has since won at Fairyhouse and Naas and was narrowly beaten by market rival Mount Ida on New Year’s Day. She started favourite that day but did not jump with any fluency. Mullins fitted her with first-time cheek-pieces at Naas last month where she outclassed her four rivals to win in a canter.
Mullins has three other entries; Agusta Gold, Dolcita and Concertista. The latter looks much the best of these, an impressive winner of the Mares Novices Hurdle at the 2020 Cheltenham Festival. She is currently 4-1 third favourite in the Mares Chase Odds after winning her first two starts over fences. Dolcita won by 14 lengths at Fairyhouse last month but was beaten by Jeremys Flame at Thurles next time.
Mount Ida landed some big bets when coming from last to first in last year’s Kim Muir Challenge Cup. She was rated 142 that day and is now up to 156 for the Grand National. This might seem an unusual preparation for the Aintree marathon but she is not short of speed. The best of the British-trained entries look to be Zambella, trained by Nigel Twiston-Davies and Alan King’s The Glancing Queen. Scarlet And Dove was six lengths behind Mount Ida at Fairyhouse but she was pulled up after a series of mistakes in the Thyestes Chase at Gowran Park next time.
Cheltenham Festival 2023
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Mount Ida 5-2
Riviere D’Etel 5-1
The Glancing Queen 10-1
Gin On Lime 12-1
Put The Kettle On 16-1
Scarlet And Dove 16-1
Vienna Court 16-1
Agusta Gold 33-1
Pink Legend 66-1
Global Equity 100-1
Maid O’Malley 100-1
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Gordon Elliott has been training Mount Ida to utilise her speed this season and her victory over Elimay at Fairyhouse shows that it is paying dividends. The mare returned sore from her Kim Muir success, making it an even more remarkable win. The form was given a big boost when the runner-up won the Ladbrokes Trophy this season. The fact that she was also entered in the Cheltenham Gold Cup shows just how highly she is rated at home.
Willie Mullins was delighted with the impact of first-time cheek-pieces on Elimay and she is likely to race in them again at Cheltenham. She ran a great race last year and was unlucky to come up against such a good mare as Colreevy. Mullins has also been pleased with how quickly Concertista has adapted to fences but feels the difference between the mares may just be Elimay’s greater experience.
The Glancing Queen won her first two races over fences in good style for Alan King. She then came up against L’Homme Presse at Cheltenham on New Year’s Day and was beaten 10 lengths. Time may show that she was attempting the impossible with that horse having followed up with an easy win in the Grade 1 Scilly Isles Novices’ Chase at Sandown. The Glancing Queen also holds an entry in the Paddy Power Plate, as does the Twiston-Davies trained Vienna Court.
Henry De Bromhead’s Gin On Lime famously benefitted from the fall of My Drogo at Cheltenham in November. Rachael Blackmore hard to earn her riding fee that day by remaining on board when My Drogo fell in front of her. De Bromhead has given Gin On Lime a long break since then and is yet to confirm the mare for Cheltenham. If she turns up fit and well, her five wins from eight starts over fences makes impressive reading.