16:10 Cheltenham Tue 13 March 2018
- OLBG Mares' Hurdle (Grade 1) (Registered As The David Nicholson Mares' Hurdle) (Class 1)
- 2m 3f 200y, Heavy (Soft in places)
- 9 Runners
- Surface: Turf
Last Year's Winner
|T: G ElliottJ: B J Cooper|
Apple's Jade (1/2), Benie Des Dieux (9/2), La Bague Au Roi (5/1), Jer's Girl (10/1), Kayf Grace (25/1), Midnight Tour (33/1), Pravalaguna (50/1), Indian Stream (66/1), Midnight Jazz (66/1)
- Apple's Jade
- Jer's Girl
- La Bague Au Roi
WHAT THE TRAINERS' SAY:
Gordon Elliott - Apple's Jade: "This year we've had a very clear run. Last year she was a bit weak and we had a few niggly problems, whereas this year we've had a clear run the whole way. I was always taught to go for the race you can win."
Patrick Mullins - Benie Des Dieux: "Benie Des Dieux has the enviable task of taking on Apple's Jade and, to my eye, she looks better now this year than last year. We think Benie is very good and is as good as Vroum Vroum Mag and Limini. We are expecting her to give Apple's Jade a race but she will be very hard to beat.
"She has had two runs this season and they have both been over fences. She is a fabulous jumper and coming back to hurdles won't be a problem. She is unexposed and I think she is capable of more improvement. "
Patrick Mullins - Pravalaguna: "It is a small field and she handles the soft ground well. We are just hoping that she can try and sneak into the prize-money."
Warren Greatrex - La Bague Au Roi: "She is in good form and the rain won't hurt much. It will make it much more of a staying race and that should help her as she has won over three miles twice this season. Apple's Jade has looked brilliant, but I do think this mare is improving and if things go to plan she should go well."
Alan King - Midnight Tour: "She was unlucky at the Festival last year. She made a bad mistake and she got shuffled back but she was powering up the hill. At Warwick she nearly got put through a wing at the second-last and she was again finishing faster than anything (when third to Woolstone One). She might not win it but she could be in the money. She goes on the soft but she would be better on better ground."
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