Cheltenham Festival – Mares Novice Hurdle: Hard to have faith in Mullins mares

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THE Voice Of Value (@TheVoiceOfValue) gave us another big priced winner on Wednesday. Here, he looks at the Mares Novice Hurdle.

Cheltenham 16:50 | Mares Novice Hurdle | ITV4

Willie Mullins is having an absolute stinker so far this week and he saddles the top two in the market here. Normally so reliable with his mares, neither Limini nor Vroum Vroum could get past Apple’s Jade on Tuesday and until I see evidence to suggest that there isn’t a widespread issue with the Mullins yard I can’t get too excited about the chances of these two here.

The one I like at a double figure price is Forge Meadow (10/1 10BET) for Jessica Harrington who had a lovely winner with Supasundae on Wednesday.

Forge Meadow was a good performer in bumpers and after a poor performance at Fairyhouse in December (she may have had excuses to be fair) she has bounced back with two good runs in February. The price looks a little too big to me.

I also wouldn’t put anyone off backing the Warren Greatrex horse La Bag Au Roi who has rock solid form in the UK. I tipped Coillte Lass last week and she is still available at a big price (now as big as 25/1 with 10BET) although I am less confident now following the poor performance of Lifeboat Mona on Tuesday.

Paul Nicholls had been confident about both Mona and Coillte Lass so I am now thinking that his confidence might have been misplaced. We’ll see.

Best Bets

Mares Novice Hurdle – Forge Meadow (10/1 each-way 10BET)

Mares Novice Hurdle – Coillte Lass (25/1 each-way 10BET)

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'The Voice of Value’ column is written by Paul Gallagher who is an amateur tipster with a love for racing and jumps racing in particular. He caught the bug at an early age when his grandfather had a share in a winning chaser and his annual Grand National and Cheltenham guides have been well received over the last few years. Paul also enjoys the flat racing and football.

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