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GRADE 3 WATCH ON RACING TV QUEVEGA MARES HURDLE PREVIEW: Triumph heroine bids for Punchestown glory

The 2022 running of the Quevega Mares Hurdle headlines Wednesday’s card at Punchestown



Burning Victory Cheltenham

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.

Ferny Hollow wins the 2020 Champion Bumper at the Cheltenham Festival
Queens Brook chases home Ferny Hollow and Appreciate It in the 2020 Champion Bumper

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.

Runners and riders at Punchestown Racecourse
Punchestown’s Wednesday card kickstarts with its feature race, the Quevega Mares Hurdle at 1:00pm

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.

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.