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The From The Horse’s Mouth team took a close look at the Mrs Paddy Power Mares’ Chase this week and trader Frank Hickey has picked out his two best bets from our Non Runner Money Back betting market.
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“I backed Mount Ida antepost for the Paddy Power Irish Gold Cup but she wasn’t declared, which was disappointing. The fact I would even think she was good enough to win a race like that shows how much she’s progressed.
“She bolted up in last year’s Kim Muir off a mark of 142 and the form has been franked with the second going on to win the Ladbrokes Trophy. Her jumping has been better this season and she was conceding 3lbs to Elimay when beating her on New Year’s Day at Fairyhouse.
“She apparently came back from Cheltenham last season with a back issue which may have explained the jumping out to the right but Colreevy jumped right when winning this last season. Mount Ida is the one to beat and I think she will take plenty of beating.
“Put The Kettle On won an Arkle and a Champion Chase but has looked a shadow of herself in two starts this season. She looked reluctant in the Shloer Chase when beaten over 10l by Nube Negra in third. She then ran on New Year’s Day at Fairyhouse when last of five behind Mount Ida and Elimay. If she ran to her best she’s a big player but her price tells you what her two runs were like.
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“I also wouldn’t write off Dolcita. She was second behind Concertista in the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle in 2020 (Colreevy was back in fifth, Vienna Court in eighth and Mount Ida in 10th).
“She was fifth in a Mares Grade 3 at Cork on chasing debut, which Concertista won. It was probably a fair effort considering she had been off 10 months and was making her first appearance over fences. She was second at Naas on her next start when well beaten by Jeremy’s Flame but again shaped like she would be better for the run.
“It was a decent effort at Fairyhouse last time out over 2m 5f. She won in five minutes 54.4 seconds carrying 11st 7lbs, while 118-rated Gevrey won the handicap chase on the card in a slower time carrying less weight. Dolcita is still only seven and the raw ability is there. I’d be half tempted to have a few bob on her.”
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