2020 JCB Triumph Hurdle winner Burning Victory heads the market for Wednesday afternoon’s Quevega Mares Hurdle as Willie Mullins chases his fifth win in the race for what is its sixth renewal.
The 6-year-old mare was a fortunate winner of the Friday opener at the Festival two years ago after Goshen’s infamous final-flight mishap but has since proved that was no fluke having won in France twice since and finishing second in the Caesarewitch at Newmarket.
Standing in her way is Queens Brook, who was last seen winning at Fairyhouse in November and holds strong bumper form, including a third in the Champion at Prestbury Park when chasing home high-class pair Ferny Hollow and Appreciate It, respectively.
Closutton are well armored further in the form of Dysart Diamond and Gauloise, while The Getaway Star has competed commendably in top-level races so far this campaign but gives the market principals weight here.
No Memory is the rank outsider and looks well up against it with these rivals.
TIP: Burning Victory ran a cracker in the Christmas Hurdle at Leopardstown before the turn of the New Year and won’t be deterred by the drop back in trip, but the form of QUEENS BROOK‘s Fairyhouse success has been well franked and she should take the stopping here on that merit. The Getaway Star has conducted herself well in tough races this term and could present the each-way value with Gauloise leaving questions to answer after her out-of-sorts Sandown Park performance.