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Dawn Run Mares Hurdle Tips - 4:50pm Cheltenham

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 season he saddles four runners and one with a chance is 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. A third Mullins runner with a squeak is Concertista who runs for the Munir/Souede partnership. She was a good third a big handicap at Leopardstown last time out and a repeat of that effort would give here a chance here, Daryl Jacob rides.

Yukon Lil is the fourth member of the Mullins gang, she is the least experienced of the quartet with only two starts over hurdles to her name. She opened up by winning a weak race at Naas by 12 lengths but was then put in her place by Minella Melody at Fairyhouse where she could only finsih 5th of the seven runners. I'm not sure what the reason was for that poor effort, she just may not be good enough but its too early to write her off comepletely.

Gordon Elliott has yet to make his mark on this race and saddles a live chance in Ard Abhainn with Davy Russel in the saddle. She has only had three starts over hurdles and has won two of them. She booked her ticket here with 3 length beating of Rebel Og in Listed company at Thurles and looks sure to run a good race.

Elliott also runs Mount Ida, a winner at Galway back in October and then was a good second to Minella Melody at Punchestown. Last time out she was surprisingly beaten when odds on favourite at Fairyhouse with seemingly no excuses so its hard what to think of her overall form. She has been given a mark of 137 which puts her in with a shout.

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.

Dan Skelton does well with his mares and he saddles Emmas Joy who has won three times this season. Last time out she won a Grade 2 contest at Warwick beating Flow Away by a comfortbale three lengths. Prior to that she bolted up at Wetherby by 13 lengths and is clearly still on the upgrade.

Punters Lounge Tip: Minella Melody 3/1 at bet365 - Click Here To Bet
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