As this is the third running of the Mrs Paddy Power Mares’ Chase there are only limited statistics available to help us make an informed decision on who to side with. This race is contested over the same course and distance as the Ryanair Chase and the main reason for its inclusion on Gold Cup Day is that it will hopefully encourage classier mares to be sent chasing in the oncoming years.
Allegorie De Vassy
One of three runners here for Willie Mullins. Has to carry a 3lb penalty for a couple of grade two victories in Ireland winning both by 19L at odds on. A major player here with Paul Townend in the saddle but was jumping out to her right last time quite violently at times and won’t be able to do that here on this right-handed track. Poor value at around 5/4.
The second of Willie Mullins’ who also has to carry a 3lb penalty today. Mark Walsh rides for his retained owner JP McManus. Won this last year but has not shown a great deal in two runs this season and sports first-time blinkers here to try and spark her back into top form.
Also owned by the legendary owner/punter JP McManus and will be ridden by Brian Hayes who’s been on board her for 7 of her 9 career starts. Unbeaten in three starts over fences and officially rated the same as favourite Allegorie De Vassy. A lot going for her and can run well. Trained by Colm Murphy.
Flopped at Carlisle last time and has questions to answer now. Trained by Gordon Elliott and will be ridden by Davy Russell.
The third Mullins runner. 8lb behind the top-rated here and would need to improve to take a hand in the finish. Danny Mullins takes the ride.
At today’s weights is the best in and holds a great each-way chance. Trained by Gavin Cromwell. A winner of 5 of her 17 races over fences with her latest victory at Huntingdon by 6 1/2L from rival Zambella possibly her best ever. A reproduction of that run should put her bang there. Keith Donoghue is in the saddle.
Stepped up to win a listed chase at Naas last time by 3 3/4L from Dinoblue. Rachael Blackmore rides for trainer Henry De Bromhead. On ratings not got much to find and has a decent each-way chance.
Trained by Venetia Williams whose horses are not running well at present. Bounced back to form last time winning at Exeter but bit to find here and easy to avoid.
Consistent chaser who has won 8 of her 16 runs over fences. Held by Jeremys Flame on the latest run however and Nigel Twiston-Davies’ 8-year-old may find a couple too good.
Mrs Paddy Power Mares’ Chase Tips
Colm Murphy’s Impervious looks sure to run her race and is worth backing against the likely favourite Allegorie De Vassy who has a tendency to jump out to her right which will not suit this right-handed track. Brian Hayes rides for JP McManus and can take this with Magic Daze possibly for third place.
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All odds are correct at the time of writing.