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Preview and predictions ahead of the Mares' Steeple Chase on Day 4 of Cheltenham.

A jockey celebrates a win on Day 4 of the Cheltenham Festival
DateFriday, March 19, 2021
Start Time16:50 (GMT+0)
Distance2m 4f
Where to WatchCheltenham live stream at MansionBet
Horses’ AgeTBC
Cheltenham Festival Day 4: Mares’ Chase

The Liberthine Mares’ Chase is a new addition to the UK’s National Hunt race programme for mares. This brand-new, Grade 2 steeplechase race will take place over a two-and-a-half-mile course as Cheltenham. The race is scheduled for Friday, March 19th at 16:50.

In 2019, the Festival first announced the introduction of the new event. Paddy Power became the first sponsor, agreeing to a three-year deal. The tweak to the Festival meant that a race would need to be eliminated. Ultimately, the Festival discontinued the Novices’, Handicap Chase.

The Mares’ Chase is now set to open the final day of racing at Cheltenham. This prime race card real estate means that the race is likely to draw significant betting interest. It is also expected to encourage owners to train more racing mares for Jump rules.

Mares’ Chase: Betting Odds

HorseLatest Odds*
Benie Des Dieux5/1
 Put The Kettle On8/1
*All odds correct at time of writing

Mares’ Chase: Tips, Predictions and Previews

2021 is the first year that the Mrs Paddy Power Mares’ Chase will be contested. As such, there’s not exactly much historical data to analyse ahead of the race. However, we do have plenty of UK National Hunt mares’ racing data to ponder. The Mares’ Chase will a Grade 2 event, attracting top talent from across the UK mares’ jumping world.

The field has already been confirmed, and many bookmakers have their odds set. The inaugural Mares’ Chase appears to have a handful of clear favourites already. They include Salsaretta (11/2), Benie Des Dieux (5/1), Put The Kettle On (8/1) and Elimay (10/1).

Salsaretta is a 7-year-old French mare trained by Willie Mullins. Many Mullins horses have dominated events at Cheltenham, which definitely helps the mare in the odds department. Additionally, she’s shown great form through 2020, winning two novice chases.

9-year-old French mare Benie Des Dieux is also looking quite attractive. Also trained by Willie Mullins, she racked up two victories and a second-place finish in the 2020 National Hunt season.

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