The last preview in our Cheltenham Festival ante-post series focuses on the newly-formed Mares’ Chase.
The 2m4f contest was added to the Friday card last season, with Colreevy claiming success for Willie Mullins in the first renewal of the race.
Our team have taken a look through the possible entries in hope of landing a potential winner come March.
Here are three runners to add to your Mares’ Chase calculations.
MOUNT IDA (12/1 – bet365)
Mount Ida produced the comeback of all comebacks in the Kim Muir last season, and she could strike again at the Cheltenham Festival next season for Denise Foster.
The mare lingered at the back of the pack for the majority of the contest before a superb late ride from Jack Kennedy launched the seven-year-old into gear at five out, as she flew home to claim a six-length success.
She gave a respectable performance in the Listed Mares’ Chase at Fairyhouse on her last outing, finishing third.
Mount Ida has been competitive over 2m4f and she could well be targeted for this contest, with her price of 12/1 holding some value.
GIN ON LIME (20/1 – bet365)
Hailing from Henry De Bromhead’s yard, Gin On Lime has some promise about her for the upcoming season.
The five-year-old has impressed over the summer, claiming success on three of her four starts over fences since May.
She finished second in Graded company over 2m2f at Galway, but she could well appreciate a return to 2m4f for her connections.
At the current price of 20/1, Gin On Lime may be worth taking a chance on at this stage.
SKYACE (25/1 – bet365)
A slight shot in the dark but if Skyace’s connections decide to tackle fences next season, she could well be aimed for this contest come March.
A former recruit of Willie Mullins, the six-year-old has proven to be a bargain for new trainer John Hanlon and she could well show further promise over the larger obstacles.
The mare claimed Grade 1 success over hurdles last season, knuckling down to win by half a length in the Mares’ Novice Hurdle Championship Final at Fairyhouse in April.
She’s a tough sort and it might be worth considering her 25/1 price tag for this contest.