Cheltenham Festival: 2 Mrs Paddy Power Mares’ Chase NRMB dangers for our traders

Frank's been taking note of popular punts in our non-runner money back book.

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If you didn’t know by now, Paddy Power is sponsoring the newest race on the Cheltenham Festival schedule. The Mrs Paddy Power Mares’ Chase promises to be an exciting addition for 2021 – and we’re offering non-runner money back for the Grade 2 contest, just like we are for all 28 races at the four-day fiesta.

A host of big-name horses are among the potential runners including last year’s Arkle Chase winner Put The Kettle On and 2019 Grand National runner-up Magic of Light. But a couple of dangers are lurking in the non-runner money back book for the bean counters at Paddy Tower.

Speaking on the latest episode of our ‘Countdown to Cheltenham’ podcast, Paddy’s trader Frank Hickey said: “Elimay is the big loser in our non-runner money back book. She was backed as big as 10/1 but she’s now down to 2/1.

“The other significant loser for us is Shattered Love but I wouldn’t think we have too much to worry about from a win point of view.”

The antepost book is a different story for Paddy Power, however.

Frank added: “Benie Des Dieux, Dame De Compagnie and Colreevy are three big losers. The first two are not going to run in this and Colreevy is looking unlikely to run as connections are indicating she will go to Limerick for a novice graded race instead. We’re looking in OK shape in there.”

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We’ll be paying out on Elimay if Ruby Walsh’s tip for the Mrs Paddy Power Mares’ Chase lives up to his expectations.

“Elimay’s defeat to Allaho in January was her first run since finishing second to Buildmeupbuttercup over hurdles at Punchestown,” the legendary jockey said. “She improved from that run by beating Shattered Love at Naas earlier this month. Elimay looked outpaced early on but the further that race went the stronger she was looking.

“She’s tiny but a real character, as brave as a lion. I think she’ll love the trip and the track. I do fancy her.”

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