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Mrs Paddy Power Mares’ Chase
Cheltenham Free Bets
Grade 2, Cheltenham 16:50
£120,000 guaranteed,
4yo plus,
2m 4f 127y, Class 1  
Friday 15th March 2024


Dinoblue is probably the best of the three entries for Willie Mullins. She is a proven stayer and a reliable jumper.

She was very good at Leopardstown, on December 27, when she beat Gentleman De Mee by seven lengths and she can build on that with a Festival win in March.

Odds for Allegorie De Vassy were trimmed following a cosy success at Naas on February 10.

Willie Mullins’ charge was on something of a redemption mission in the BBA Ireland Limited Opera Hat Mares Chase after an odds-on reverse at the hands of the reopposing Riviere D’Etel on New Year’s Day.

The latter came home 33 lengths clear on that occasion, but Allegorie De Vassy righted the record in this Listed heat.

Sent off a 5-2 chance in the hands of Paul Townend, Allegorie De Vassy survived some sticky early leaps and was travelling notably better than 7-4 favourite Riviere D’Etel approaching the final couple of obstacles.

She fairly skipped over the final fence to coast home by four lengths and Quinnbet make her a 7-2 chance from 5s for the the Festival contest in which she finished second last year.

Mullins said: “That was a better performance, especially considering how badly she jumped over the first four fences.

“She just wasn’t herself and it took her until about the fourth last before she really started to jump and then she got into a rhythm and flew.

“We might have been lucky that the two in front took each other on. It might not have been as flashy as we thought it was.

“I’m happy enough with how she’s run, and she’ll go for the Mares’ Chase at Cheltenham.”


Mares’ Chase
£120,000 guaranteed, 4yo plus, 2m 4f 127y, Class 1
17 entries

1 11-112 Dinoblue 7 11-7 W P Mullins
2 23-121 Allegorie De Vassy 7 11-5 W P Mullins
3 -12313 Harmonya Maker 7 11-5 Gordon Elliott
4 PF-111 Brides Hill 7 11-2 Gavin Cromwell
5 -333U1 Carole's Pass 6 11-2 Amy Murphy
6 023-5P Fantastic Lady 9 11-2 Nicky Henderson
7 1PP-12 Found On 9 11-2 Martin Keighley
8 2-6234 Instit 6 11-2 W P Mullins
9 1-1413 Kestrel Valley 10 11-2 Nigel Twiston-Davies
10 23-121 Limerick Lace 7 11-2 Gavin Cromwell
11 1-1211 Marsh Wren 8 11-2 Stuart Edmunds
12 7-421P Mayhem Mya 7 11-2 Chris Honour
13 71343- Panic Attack 8 11-2 David Pipe
14 -414FP Pink Legend 10 11-2 Venetia Williams
15 15P413 Plenty Of Time 8 11-2 Syd Hosie
16 -22122 Riviere D'Etel 7 11-2 Gordon Elliott
17 4-U13P Tweed Skirt 7 11-2 Nicky Henderson