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PREVIEW | The April Meeting: British EBF Mares’ Novices’ Handicap Chase Final

The Listed contest sees six promising mares battle out on Prestbury Park in Thursday’s feature race of The April Meeting



Danse Idol jumps the fence at Ludlow

A small contingent of mares tackle the fences of Prestbury Park on Thursday on day two of The April Meeting, with only six declared for the British EBF Mares’ Novices’ Handicap Chase Final.

The course is welcoming back the April Meeting for the first time since 2019 after last year’s fixture was cancelled due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The meeting comes just a mere month after the Festival which saw the Irish-trained army of runners destroy their British opposition, cruising to a 23-5 victory in the Prestbury Cup.

Ahead of Thursday’s contest, Sandy Thomson’s Flower Of Scotland (3/1) sits joint-favourite in the betting.

WATCH: Flower of Scotland snatches victory from danse idol and pink legend at Kelso and now heads for the second day of the april meeting at cheltenham [Credit: racing tv]

The six-year-old stayed on stoutly to win at Kelso in the qualifier last month and has been bumped up 7lbs on the back of that success.

If she can continue to show progress, then Flower Of Scotland could well be in the mix here.

Sharing favouritism is Brian Eckley’s Liberty Bella (3/1), who won comfortably on her last outing at Warwick last month.

Dan Skelton’s Danse Idol (5/1) was overturned at short odds by Flower Of Scotland on her lasting outing, but the mare could easily bounce back to winning ways here.

Pink Legend (5/1) has been consistent so far this season, finishing in the top two in four of her seven starts for Venetia Williams.

Venetia Williams at the Welsh Grand National meeting at Chepstow
Venetia Williams will be hoping for a Cheltenham success with Pink Legend

However, the seven-year-old would prefer tougher conditions here with her only success over fences coming on soft ground.

Jamie Snowdon’s Early Morning Rain (11/2) ran a creditable second in the Listed Mares’ Chase at Exeter in February, while outsider Roseisaroseisarose (12/1) could run a big race with the seven-year-old carrying the minimum weight of 10st for Katy Price.

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An exciting contest to look forward to on the second day of the April Meeting.


Reece Charlton is a Content Writer at Low6 that specializes in horse racing. He is an avid hunter of value in the racing world, picking out longshots six days a week across the National Hunt and Flat cards on offer across the UK and Ireland. He keeps punters and race fans in the know with his racing expertise with previews and value picks for all the big cards and meetings.