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COLREEVY: Mares’ Chase winner to bow out at Punchestown

Willie Mullins’ mare Colreevy may make her final career appearance at the Irish track later this month

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Colreevy ridden by jockey Paul Townend (right) on their way to winning the Mrs Paddy Power Mares' Chase ahead of Elimay and Mark Walsh (left) during day four of the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. Picture date: Friday March 19, 2021.

Recent Cheltenham Festival heroine Colreevy could be set to make her final appearance at Punchestown next month, where she is set to take on superstars Monkfish and Envoi Allen.

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The winner of the inaugural Mares’ Chase in March, Willie Mullins has confirmed his representative will bid for a tilt at next week’s Grade 1 Dooley Insurance Group Champion Novice Chase where she is set to meet Envoi Allen and stable-mate Monkfish.

The Closutton chief told the Racing Post: “The Flynns [Colreevy’s breeders and owners] are out-and-out breeders and hopefully they might ask me to train one out of her in a few years’ time,” the trainer said.

Colreevy is unbeaten over fences in four starts to date, winning a Grade 1

“Fingers crossed she’ll come home safe and sound. She’s a fantastic-looking mare and hopefully, she can breed one as good as herself.”

WATCH: COLREEVY SEES OFF THE FELLOW WILLIE MULLINS TRAINED ELIMAY IN A TITANIC BATTLE AT CHELTENHAM [CREDIT: RACING TV]

Colreevy won three bumpers and a race over hurdles, but has proved herself into a classy novice chaser, winning a Grade 1 at Limerick on Boxing Day.

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Willie Mullins recorded a 1-2 in the first ever Mares’ Chase at the Cheltenham Festival in 2021
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But it was her incredible tussle with stable-mate Elimay at Prestbury Park that will remain in the memory for many, driven out under Paul Townend to keep her yard rival at bay – the JP McManus mare going onto win since.

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.

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