As this is the inaugural running of the Mares’ Chase there are no statistics available to help us make an informed decision on who to side with.
This race will be contested over the same course and distance as the Ryanair Chase and the main reason for its inclusion on Gold Cup Day is that it will hopefully encourage classier mares to be sent chasing in the oncoming years.
Of course we all know that Willie Mullins absolutely farms this type of race so is there any point in taking him on?
He has saddled all five winners of the Dawn Run Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle (now Daylesford Mares’) as well as nine of the thirteen winners of the David Nicholson (now Close Brothers) Mares’ Hurdle.
He saddles the leading pair in the betting but can they make an impact here where it will matter the most?
Runners To Watch
Below are selected runners who hold entries for the Mrs Paddy Power Mares Chase 2021.
Karl Hedley provides some recent form notes to help point you in the right direction of identifying the winner.
Elimay – Willie Mullins
Elimay has taken her time to regain the winning thread but she couldn’t have been any more impressive than when wining at Naas last month.
She had too much in hand of Shattered Love and it would be of little surprise if she were to confirm that form here.
She has youth on her side and Willie Mullins farms races of this type at the Festival.
Colreevy – Willie Mullins
Colreevy makes her third trip to the Festival but has never troubled the judge in either of those runs.
This is much more her level though and may be her first chance to finally break her duck over the course and distance.
She was beaten twelve lengths on ground described as good on the only other occasion that she tried it.
Too many questions to answer and not enough in the way of value.
Shattered Love – Denise Foster
Shattered Love is much better against those of her own sex these days and confirmed that with a win in Listed company at Clonmel back in November.
This trip will suit her more than the two miles she went over last day, but it would be surprising if one of the younger generation couldn’t beat her.
She has been a grand horse throughout the years, but this looks tough.
Annie Mc – Jonjo O’Neill
Annie Mc would certainly be a popular winner and enters calculations following two good recent wins at Warwick and Doncaster.
She has never really taken to this track and may well be because it is too physically demanding for her.
She has been beaten twenty-eight and sixty-five lengths on her two previous visits and hardly screams a winner in waiting.
Magic Of Light – Jessica Harrington
Magic Of Light has had her fair share of successes down the years.
She was firmly put in her place by Roksana at Ascot in January, although she did win a minor Listed race at Newbury the time before.
She has run here before and ran as well as could be expected in the Ultima a couple of years ago.
Just gives the impression that she is suited better by flat tracks and would perform better at Aintree.
Zambella – Nigel Twiston-Davies
Zambella is a lightly raced six-year-old who has improved for having made the switch to fences and won a listed race on her first three starts.
She was firmly put in her place by Annie Mc last time at Warwick and chances are she will find at least one too strong here.
Ticks The Right Boxes?
2021 Mrs Paddy Power Mares Chase Tips
Shattered Love may well be able to return to the scene of one of her biggest ever wins to land this inaugural running of the Mares’ Chase for Denise Foster.
She handles a variety of ground and is the only previous course and distance winner in the field.
She may have been put in her place by Elimay at Naas over two-miles last time, but this longer trip will suit Shattered Love more.
Odds With Paddy Power – correct at time of publication
- 5/4 Elimay
- 11/4 Colreevy
- 4/1 Shattered Love
- 12/1 Magic Of Light
- 20/1 Zambella