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ANTEPOST MOVER: Burning Victory cut to 7-1 for Mares’ Hurdle after Punchestown glory confirms she’s “on plan” for Cheltenham

Willie Mullins looks to land his first Mares Hurdle at Cheltenham since 2018, with Burning Victory a leading candidate

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Paul Townend with The Gold Cup at Cheltenham Racecourse ahead of the Cheltenham Festival. Issue date: Tuesday March 16, 2021.

Former Festival heroine Burning Victory lay down her 2022 credentials for the Close Brothers Mares’ Hurdle with a success at Punchestown on Wednesday afternoon.

Willie Mullins’s mare justified odds-on favourtism in the Quevega Mares’ Hurdle in County Kildare in midweek, with last year’s victor of the race, Black Tears, going onto record success at Prestbury Park.

She has since been cut to around 7-1 for the Grade 1 at next month’s Festival, but will perhaps play second-fiddle to the fellow Closutton trained Stormy Island.

Burning Victory Cheltenham
Sucess at next months Festival would be a second win at the Home of Jumps Racing for Burning Victory, who won the Triumph Hurdle two years ago

Queens Brook, who chased home the winner giving her 3lb earlier this week, remains a 10-1 shot to reverse the placings in Gloucestershire.

watch: burning victory lands the 2022 quevega mares hurdle [credit: racing tv]

In the aftermath, trainer Mullins said to Racing TV: “I was very happy with her jumping, I think it’s the first time she’s ever jumped without making a mistake, so the cheekpieces were a big help to her.

Trainer Willie Mullins after Turban won the Underwriting Exchange Dan Moore Memorial Handicap Steeplechase at Fairyhouse Racecourse, Ratoath, Ireland.
Willie Mullins’ horses are finished second in the last three runnings of the Mares’ Hurdle

“She still jumped a little tall. I think she needed the race, especially the way she finished but she did go a fast gallop and was probably tying up a little bit at the end.

“I’d imagine she’ll go for the Mares’ Hurdle at Cheltenham, that’s the plan.”

Dominic Chapman is senior content writer at Low6 with a passion for horse racing. He provides a NAP and NB every day throughout the week on selected National Hunt and Flat cards in both Britain and Ireland. Additionally, he hosts the Paddock Picks Podcast with former Welsh Grand National-winning pilot, Charlie Poste - the pair interviewing and discussing current racing topics with a special guest every week.