Mrs Paddy Power Mares’ Chase
|Grade 2, Cheltenham 16:50
2m 4f 127y, Class 1
1 Elimay 9/4
2 Pink Legend 33/1
3.Scarlet And Dove 28/1
8 ran Distances: ½l, nse, 4l
Time: 5m 14.62s (slow by 6.62s)
Elimay pours on the misery for bookmakers as she goes one better in the Mrs @paddypower Mares' Chase under Mark Walsh for @WillieMullinsNH @CheltenhamRaces pic.twitter.com/uTOcSQ9rMI https://t.co/lMeLB5E0rn via @RacingBetter— RacingBetter (@RacingBetter) March 20, 2022
Runner-up 12 months ago, Elimay got up in the closing stages under Mark Walsh in the colours JP McManus.
Zambella cut out the running from Maid O’Malley, but the raced changed complexion in the straight.
There were four horses in with a winning chance at the last with Elimay proving the stronger up the hill to score by half a length from Pink Legend. Scarlet And Dove was a nose away in third place.
Assistant trainer David Casey, giving his boss a rare race off press duties, said: “I thought we had lots of good chances and the horses have run brilliant all week.
“Everybody knows racing isn’t easy, we lost Brandy Love on the morning of her race, so it’s great for the team at home when it goes well.
“Elimay isn’t big but she’s really tough and stays really well. She didn’t help Mark much, but she is small.
“It was just her toughness that did it for her in the end.”
£120,000 guaranteed, 4yo plus, 2m 4f 127y, Class 1
Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places
POS. DIST HORSE AGE WGT TRAINER JOCKEY SP
1 Elimay 8 11-2 W P Mullins Mark Walsh 9/4
2 ½ Pink Legend 8 11-2 Venetia Williams Charlie Deutsch 33/1
3 nse Scarlet And Dove 8 11-5 Joseph O'Brien B J Cooper 28/1
4 4 Zambella 7 11-2 Nigel Twiston-Davies Daryl Jacob 10/1
5 9 Concertista 8 11-5 W P Mullins Paul Townend 2/1F
6 3¼ Vienna Court 7 11-2 Nigel Twiston-Davies Sam Twiston-Davies 14/1
7 11 Mount Ida 8 11-2 Gordon Elliott Davy Russell 5/2
FELL Maid O'Malley 9 11-2 Stuart Coltherd Sam Coltherd 100/1