Cheltenham Day 3 Tips: MARES NOVICES’ HURDLE

  • 14/03/2019
  • 16:50

2020 Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle Tips

There’s a chance Fujimoto Flyer could end up here, as the trip would suit her more than the Triumph or the Boodles, and Emmet Mullins’ juvenile will be much shorter than 20/1 if she is confirmed. Santa Rossa has a good each-way chance too. However, I think you have to back at least one of Willie Mullins’ entrants in the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle.

Ireland’s Champion Trainer has won all four renewals of this race. Even when his chances seemed bleak 12-months ago, 50/1 and 66/1 shots came through to hand Mullins a shock 1-2 in this Grade Two. Quotes from Mullins’ stable tour suggest Lamarckise is Willie’s best chance of a fifth-straight victory. I, however, would rather include COLREEVY in my Cheltenham Festival tips.

A Grade One winner of a bumper at Punchestown last season, Colreevy has won one of her three outings over hurdles. Mullins’ charge was really pushing Minella Melody last time out at Fairyhouse too, and might have finished even closer to the favorite had it not been for a slow jump at the last. Colreevy is a strong stayer and is proven on all kinds of ground. She looks a solid each-way Cheltenham Festival tip.

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Cheltenham tips for Thursday

1:30JLT Novices’ Steeple Chase Tips
2:10Pertemps Final Tips
2:50Ryanair Chase Tips
3:30Stayers’ Hurdle Tips
4:10Festival Plate Handicap Chase Tips
4:50Mares’ Novices Hurdle Tips
5:30Kim Muir Challenge Cup Tips

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It’s been hard to find the winner of the Cheltenham Festival’s newest race. We’ll be doing well to find the victor with our Cheltenham day 3 tips given the limited evidence of the last few years. The newest race on the Festival rota will feature a field of talented mares that will be given their chance to shine in the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle. Only the finest first-season jumpers will be allowed to enter this 18-furlong Grade Two and the winner will likely go on to challenge for the Mares Hurdle in the proceeding seasons. 

Ireland’s top trainer, Willie Mullins has ruled the roost in the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle, saddling all three of the winners since the race was added to the festivities in 2016.

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