Cheltenham Thursday 16.50 Odds – Dolcita to extend Mullins’ winning run at a best 7/1

Dolcita may prove the pick of Mullins' quartet

Cheltenham Festival

Willie Mullins’ stable won the first four stagings of the Daylesford (formerly the Dawn Run) Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle, though it was won by a 50/1 chance 12 months ago after favourites won the first three.

It’s a Grade 2 event run over 2m and one of the more recent additions to The Festival. It’s also one of the more low-key races, though is still worth more than £50,000 to winning connections.

Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle Recent Winners

Year Winner Form Age SP Jockey Trainer
2019 Eglantine Du Seuil 13 5 50/1 Noel Fehily Willie Mullins
2018 Laurina 11 5 4/7 Paul Townend Willie Mullins
2017 Let’s Dance 111 5 11/8 Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins
2016 Limini 1 5 8/11 Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins

Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle Trends

  • All four previous winners have been trained by Willie Mullins and started favourite.
  • Five-year-olds have won all four previous renewals.
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Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle Current Best Odds

Minella Melody 3/1
Floressa 6/1
Dolcita and Colreevy 7/1
Concertista 10/1
Ard Abhainn 14/1
Emmas Joy and Yukon Lil 16/1
Getaway Totherock, Mount Ida and Whitehotchillifili 25/1
Fort Worth Texas, La Feline, Midnights’ Gift and Vienna Court 33/1
Anna Bunina and Rosie And Millie 50/1
Timetochill, Full Of Surprise and Rhythm Divin 66/1
Rayna’s World 100/1
Red Archangel 150/1
(Odds correct at 13.30 GMT, March 11)

Progressive Dolcita may be Mullins pick

Bidding to maintain a perfect record in the short history of this contest, Willie Mullins has four runners.
DOLCITA was the outsider of his stable’s three runners in the Grade 3 won by Minella Melody at Fairyhouse in January but arguably displayed the most promise in finishing third, just behind favourite Colreevy.
That was just her second start over hurdles so there should be plenty more to come, though the trainer will be hoping his jockey are more attuned than in Tuesday’s Mares’ Hurdle.
Robbie Power’s mount may be the one to be on at the general 7/1. Minella Melody is the 3/1 favourite with 888sport and Colreevy is also a best 7/1.

Floressa should strip fitter today

Considering it was her first outing in almost two months, Floressa ran well behind the more-experienced pair Lady Buttons and Irish Roe at Doncaster.
She’d been unlucky not to have rattled up a hat-trick before Christmas in novice company having just lost out in her second run at Newbury having been hampered.
The drying ground will help Nicky Henderson’s mare, who is a general 6/1 but will have to defy a penalty.

Ard looks a forlorn hope under penalty

Ard Abhainn also has to carry 5lb extra having won a Listed race at Thurles last time.
She is 14/1 with Unibet but we can’t see how she will reverse earlier Punchestown running with Minella Melody and Mount Ida.




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