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The Grade 2 steeplechase, run over 2m4f on the New Course at Prestbury Park, replaces the Centenary Novices’ Handicap Chase (Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase) on the programme and represents our increased sponsorship commitment – with our Cheltenham portfolio also including the Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle and the Paddy Power Plate Handicap Chase.
The inaugural Mrs Paddy Power Mares’ Chase, registered as the Liberthine Mares’ Chase, will see a highly-competitive field face 17 fences as they battle it out for a £90,000 prize pot.
A number of eye-catching contenders are entered into the race this year, so who are Paddy’s pundits picking?
Mrs Paddy Power Mares’ Chase runners and odds
Timeform: “ELIMAY had produced a very smart performance when chasing home leading Ryanair Chase contender Allaho at Thurles on her previous outing, and she didn’t need to improve on that form to win the listed Opera Hat Chase back in mares’ company at Naas.
“That was her third win from four starts over fences and her Timeform rating of 159 identifies her as the one to beat at the Cheltenham Festival, so she deservedly heads the market.”
Ruby Walsh: “ELIMAY‘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.”
FULL PREVIEW: RUBY WALSH’S MRS PADDY POWER MARES’ CHASE TIP
Frank Hickey: “Elimay and Colreevy look difficult to split but I will take a chance on the Willie Mullins third string in SALSARETTA.”
FULL PREVIEW: FRANK HICKEY’S BEST BETS FOR DAY 4 AT THE 2021 FESTIVAL
Mick Fitzgerald: “Shattered Love must surely have a better chance against ELIMAY this time around compared to Naas when running over an inadequate trip.”
FULL PREVIEW: MICK FITZGERALD’S BEST BETS FOR DAY 4 OF THE FESTIVAL
Gina Bryce: “A new race run over the same course and distance as the Ryanair where its not a surprise to see Willie Mullins dominate the top of the market. With an excellent Festival record with mares in both the Dawn Run and the Close Brothers Mares Hurdle he has an impressive battalion to call on again here possibly headlined by the well touted ELIMAY for JP McManus.”
FULL PREVIEW: GINA BRYCE’S BEST BETS FOR DAY 4 OF THE FESTIVAL
Matt Chapman: “Elimay will be hard to beat but is at short odds and MAGIC OF LIGHT is the each-way selection.”
FULL PREVIEW: MATT CHAPMAN’S 7 BEST BETS FOR DAY 4 AT THE FESTIVAL
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When is the Mrs Paddy Power Mares’ Chase?
CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL DAY FOUR SCHEDULE
13.20 – JCB Triumph Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m 179y
13.55 – County Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) 2m 179y
14.30 – Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m 7f 213y
15.05 – Cheltenham Gold Cup (Grade 1) 3m 2f 70y
15.40 – St. James’s Place Festival Challenge Cup 3m 2f 70y
16.15 – Mrs Paddy Power Mares’ Chase (Grade 2) 2m 4f 127y
16.50 – Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle 2m 4f 56y
*Paddy will be all over your telly box throughout the Cheltenham Festival sponsoring ITV’s live coverage from Prestbury Park – and you can get free and exclusive tipping columns EVERY DAY from Ruby Walsh, Matt Chapman and Mick Fitzgerald here on PP News.
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