- 1:30 Supreme Novices Hurdle
- 2:10 Arkle Chase
- 2:50 Ultima Handicap Chase
- 3:30 Champion Hurdle
- 4:10 Mares Hurdle
- 4:50 Northern Trust Novices Chase
- 5:30 National Hunt Chase Cup
- 1:30 Ballymore Novices Hurdle
- 2:10 RSA Chase
- 2:50 Coral Cup
- 3:30 Queen Mthr Champion Chase
- 4:10 Cross Country Chase
- 4:50 Boodles Handicap Hurdle
- 5:30 Champion Bumper
- 1:30 Marsh Novices Chase
- 2:10 Pertemps Final Hurdle
- 2:50 Ryanair Chase
- 3:30 Stayers Hurdle
- 4:10 Brown Advisory Plate
- 4:50 Dawn Run Mares Hurdle
- 5:30 Kim Muir Chase Cup
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2020 Dawn Run Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle Preview
The Mares Novice Hurdle is the newest race at the Festival having been established as recently as 2016. It was supposed to have been introduced to help the Mares programme and entice connections to keep them in training for longer.
In reality it has turned into another race that Irish Champion trainer Willie Mullins has made his own by winning all of the four races so far, the first three years he collected with odds-on favourites but last year had the first two home at odds of 50/1 and 66/1 proving you can never discount anything Mullins puts on the ferry.
This year he has two or three with decent chances and the main hope could be Lamarckise who is totally unexposed having only had one run since coming over from France in 2018. She won her belated debut in no more than workmanlike fashion but she had been entered for a Grade 1 contest last season so obviously a lot more is expected further down the line.
She was dismounted after the line at Limerick but Mullins said it was more down to exhaustion rather than any injury. It’s hard to know what to expect but she’s a very exciting mare indeed.
Dolcita won by 11 lengths on her Irish debut at Tramore in December, she is another ex-French hurdler owned by Jared Sullivan. She went to Fairyhouse next to contest a Grade 3 race and was not disgraced when finishing third beaten just 3 lengths at the line. A couple of sloppy jumps late probably cost her but has scope to improve on this effort.
In that same race Mullins ran Colreevy who actually led at the last only to be outpointed by Minella Melody on the run in. It was a very good effort and she looks a stayer for the future and this track could suit.
Colreevy won the Punchestown Champion bumper last April beating Abacadabras in the process. That is very good form and she looks a leading contender in this line up.
Gordon Elliott has yet to make his mark on this race and saddles a live chance in Daylight Katie. The 7yo was a good third in the Aintree bumper last April and is now catching up for lost time over hurdles.
She won on her debut at Fairyhouse in October slamming the opposition by 26 lengths. She was immediately stepped up in class and won a Grade 3 Mares hurdle at Down Royal despite a very bad blunder late on that would have cost many a horse their chance. She recovered to win by 1 ¼ lengths and there could be more to come.
Nicky Henderson had high hopes with Marie’s Rock for this race but a last minute injuru has ruled her out but the yard also has Floressa in the line-up, she has won twice this season including a Listed race at Newbury. Last time out she took on the older mares and was a decent third at Doncaster in Grade 2 company. She may need to run a personal best to land this but looks a mare for the future.
Henry De Bromhead is having a fine season back home and has an exciting mare on his hands here with Minella Melody. She showed plenty of promise last season when a good second to The Glancing Queen at Aintree in the Grade 2 bumper.
Her first run over hurdles was at Cork in November where she won a weak Mares race by a comfortable 2 ½ lengths. Next time out she went to Punchestown and contested a much better race and won in a close finish from Mount Ida.
Last time out she won a Grade 3 contest at Fairyhouse beating Colreevy in the process who was well fancied on the day. That victory booked her ticket here although the trip is probably just on the short side.
Jeremys Flame trained by Gavin Cromwell is worth a second look, she was second to Daylight Katie in a Grade 3 and then followed that with a second behind Floressa at Newbury. She then stepped up in class and filled the runners up spot yet again, this time behidn the useful Fiddlerontheroof in the Tolworth st Sandown. Her last start at Leopardstown can be forgiven has she was hampered but could go well at a price here.
Another mare of interest is The Glancing Queen who has yet to make her debut over hurdles. She was a very good fifth in the Champion Bumper here 12 months ago and then went on to win at Aintree a month later. That day she beat Minella Melody so on that form has to be on the shortlist despite the inexperience.
Paul Nicholls runs a useful yardstick in Silver Forever, she has won three times over hurdles and last time came home 6 ½ lengths in front of Copper Gone West at Sandown in a Listed race. She is closely matched on form with Floressa and deserves to take her chance here.Punters Lounge Tip: Minella Melody 3/1 at bet365 - Click Here To Bet