Cheltenham Champions Day Betting: Irish Saint to Win Mares' Hurdle with Paddy Power
The Mares’ Hurdle at Cheltenham Festival has long been a farming ground for Willie Mullins and his legion of great mares in recent years, most notably of course the legendary five time winner Quevega.
The 2017 Cheltenham Festival betting on the Mares Hurdle is likely to be much more competitive market this year. It could well be Gordon Elliott who strikes with the former Mullins-trained Gigginstown owned Apple’s Jade, who is a worthy favourite to land this race for the best mares around.
Apple’s Jade was a high class juvenile last season, who finished an excellent second to Ivanovich Gorbatov in the JCB Triumph Hurdle at Cheltenham last March. The now five-year-old mare followed that promising run up with an outstanding performance at the Aintree Festival, where she sauntered majestically clear of the horse that defeated her the previous month.
It was a coming of age for this horse and she followed up again with a nine length drubbing of Let’s Dance a Punchestown; that horse has developed this season into a top notch prospect in her own right.
Gordon Elliott’s inmate was beaten into second on both of her opening starts of the 2016-2017 season at Down Royal and in the Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle.
She then contested the Grade 1 Hatton’s Grace Hurdle over two miles and four furlongs for the first time at Fairyhouse in early December, where she had to knuckle down and battle to deny the attentions of Vroum Vroum Mag, with Shaneshill – who has since gone on to boost the form too – back in third place.
Those three runs will have given Apple’s Jade a lot of valuable experience and last season she very much came across as a spring horse.
With a better preparation for the Festival this time around, she rates a fairly confident Cheltenham tip to prove herself to be the best hurdling filly in the Mares’ Hurdle for Champions Day 1 betting.
Back her with Paddy Power Cheltenham offer and your stake will be returned in cash if she does not take part thanks to their NRNB (‘Non-Runner, No Bet’) concession on all Cheltenham races.