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Osborne House Relkeel Hurdle (Grade 2) 2m 4f 110y

  • (4yo+, 2m 4f 110y, Class 1, 4 runners)
  • Winner £22,780 2nd £8,548 3rd £4,280 4th £2,132 5th £1,072 6th £536
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 4m 59.50s
  • Off time: 15:35:22
Full result
Result 15:35 Cheltenham
Pos Horse Distance/th> Odds
1st 3 More Of That 11/4
  • Last Updated: December 13 2013, 17:42 GMT

Willie Mullins hopes to learn more about the potential aspirations of Glens Melody in a fascinating Osborne House Relkeel Hurdle at Cheltenham on Saturday.

Glens Melody: Fact-finding mission
Glens Melody: Fact-finding mission

The five-year-old mare has a tremendous strike-rate having won eight of her 11 starts to date and chased home esteemed stable companion Annie Power at Fairyhouse in the spring before claiming a Grade One of her own at the Punchestown Festival.

She looked as good as ever when make a winning return at the same track a month ago and is now pitched in against three talented geldings at Grade Two level.

Mullins said: "She has gone a bit under the radar compared with Annie Power but is a very good mare in her own right.

"She won well over two and three quarter miles at Punchestown last time, and on pedigree she should stay well. This a tough contest, but the ground and the trip will suit her and it will be a good education for her.

"It will also give us a good yardstick as to whether she might come back in the spring (for the Festival)."

The weights are headed by French Champion Hurdle hero Gemix, while Glens Melody concedes 1lb to Salubrious and the unbeaten More Of That.

The Paul Nicholls-trained Salubrious, winner of the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival, carries the colours of part-owner Andy Stewart, who is confident about his chances this weekend.

Stewart said: "I'll be quite honest with you - I think he'll win. He ran an extremely good race to finish second at Cheltenham last month, giving nearly two stone to Philip Hobbs' horse (Return Spring), and came out of the race very well indeed.

"He is coming back in trip, but Paul thinks that will suit him and if he does win, as I expect him to, the idea would be to give him one more run before letting him take on Big Buck's in the World Hurdle."

Jonjo O'Neill's More Of That completed his hat-trick in a handicap at Haydock three weeks ago.

Frank Berry, racing manager for owner JP McManus, said: "He's stepping up now, but he stayed on nicely and did it well the last day at Haydock. He wouldn't mind a drop of ran, but we'll know where we are going with him after this."


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