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Cheltenham Clues: Thurles Race Report | Allaho slashed to 6’s for Ryanair Chase

Two-time Festival third Allaho shortered to go two better and Colreevy made favourite for Mrs Paddy Power Mares Chase

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Another day, another Willie Mullins treble.

The Irish trainer dominated the opening two contests in the rearranged meeting at Thurles, landing the winner in the Coolmore N.H. Sires Kew Gardens Irish EBF Mares’ Novice Chase before seeing the first three home in the Horse & Jockey Hotel Chase after.

The treble was confirmed later on in the afternoon in a maiden hurdle.

The opening race saw another impressive performance from Colreevy, who eased to victory in the Mares’ Novice Chase despite carrying a penalty for her Grade 1 success at Limerick over Christmas.

The eight-year-old pulled away from the group in the final stages and was able to storm home by 12 lengths after Gordon Elliott’s Scarlet and Dove fell at the second last.

With the mare still unbeaten over fences, Colreevy was made favourite to win the Mares’ Chase at the Cheltenham Festival, with some bookmakers offering as low as 3/1.

Allaho returned to winning form after a dominant performance in the Grade 2 Chase, seeing his price for the Ryanair slashed from 8/1 to a joint-favourite 6/1 ahead of the 2021 Cheltenham Festival.

With only a sole victory recorded over fences, the seven-year-old bounced back to winning ways after leading from the start before fighting off a late challenge from stablemate Elimay, who has been trimmed into 11/2 for the Mares’ Chase.

Annamix took third to round off a top three finish for the Closutton trainer.

The Mullins treble was confirmed in the 2.30 Maiden Hurdle.

Eurotiep showed further progression by making light work of the field to register a 19 length victory and is now offered at revised price of 40/1 for the Supreme Novice Hurdle.

*Odds courtesy of bet365 and are subject to change.

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