Cheltenham Festival: The Ultimate Guide - 2021-03-05


‘There is no reason why she should not progress again’


JOSH DOWN 1. Royal Kahala 2. Hook Up 3. Roseys Hollow The Solerina Mares’ Novice Hurdle has served as a good trial with two winners following up here and Roseys Hollow has a decent chance of making it three. However, second that day was Royal Kahala and she’s fancied to reverse the form. She was conceding 4lb and was widest turning for home, whereas the winner saved ground on the inside. Willie Mullins is a perfect 5-5 in this race since its inception and is well represented by Gauloise and Hook Up; both need to find some improvement. SAM HARDY 1. Roseys Hollow 2. Gauloise 3. Hook Up Willie Mullins has won all five runnings, but I fancy Jonathan Sweeney to take the trophy back to Ireland. Roseys Hollow was an impressive winner last time out when beating a decent field, including some of her expected rivals here in a Grade 3 at Fairyhouse, and there is no reason why she should not progress again. Out of the Mullins runners, Gauloise has the best chance of making it win number six, but she will have to improve a bundle to reverse form with the selection. JACK HAYNES 1. Glens Of Antrim 2. Hook Up 3. Royal Kahala Glens Of Antrim can follow in the footsteps of Concertista by gaining her first success for Willie Mullins in this event. Mullins has won all five runnings of this race and this mare has run three solid races in fair company this season. She chased home stablemate Stattler – a single-figure price for the Albert Bartlett – on her second start at Leopardstown and finished more than 30 lengths clear of the third when second again at Naas in January. BEN HUTTON 1. Roseys Hollow 2. Royal Kahala 3. Her Indoors Jonathan Sweeney can end Willie Mullins’ domination of this race with Roseys Hollow. She was strong at the finish when winning a Grade 3 at Fairyhouse last month and has the right attributes to be a serious force at the festival. Two-length runner-up Royal Kahala will have a 9lb pull at the weights and is an obvious threat, while the Alan King-trained Listed winner Her Indoors could be best of the home team. TOM PARK 1. Glens Of Antrim 2. Hook Up 3. The Glancing Queen There is clearly no Limini, Let’s Dance or Laurina in the race, but that doesn’t mean the prize won’t stay with Willie Mullins and it may pay to look beyond the obvious. Glens Of Antrim has been unfortunate to bump into Blue Lord, Stattler and Mr Incredible in her three maiden runs, but that is good form and she appears to be improving with every run. With no obvious superstar in the race, it could pay to take a chance on her each-way, with odds of 16-1 at the time of writing. MADDY PLAYLE 1. Roseys Hollow 2. Hook Up 3. The Glancing Queen Roseys Hollow took some notable scalps at Fairyhouse and improvement is expected, so she ranks highly. Hook Up ran an excellent race behind the geldings at the Dublin Racing Festival and should also enjoy this test if tightening up her jumping. The Glancing Queen should be the best of the British and has run well at this meeting before.



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