Limini Tipped To Win Clash With Vroum Vroum Mag In The Mares Hurdle

The David Nicholson Mares Hurdle carries added significance on Tuesday afternoon as the Willie Mullins-trained pair of Limini and Vroum Vroum Mag go head-to-head in what promises to be a cracking renewal during the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival...

  • Willie Mullins has trained 8 of the 9 winners of the Mares Hurdle
  • Quevega won the Mares Hurdle 6 times in a row
  • Mullins has won the last two editions of the Mares Hurdle with Glens Melody and Vroum Vroum Mag respectively

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Limini v Vroum Vroum Mag

Limini had been no bigger than 6/1 for the Champion Hurdle following her hugely impressive comeback win at Punchestown, where she secured a fourth win in six starts over hurdles. That run in Ireland last month should set the 6-year-old up very nicely for Tuesday and she is a worthy 13/8 favourite for the mares' race (Ladbrokes) after connections opted not to pay the £20,000 supplement for the Champion Hurdle.

It is a major surprise that Mullins' brilliant mares meet this week but it is a major boon for neutrals as it has provided a fascinating talking point to a contest that the Irish trainer has dominated. Mullins has trained eight of the nine winners of the Mares Hurdle, winning six in a row with Quevega before landing the last two editions with Glens Melody and Vroum Vroum Mag respectively.

Also considered for the Champion Hurdle, Vroum Vroum Mag (5/2 with Paddy Power) defends her title and the brilliantly versatile mare, who has won Grade 1 races over three different distances, is bidding for a thirteenth win in fourteen starts for Mullins. The daughter of Voix Du Nord was beaten by Apple's Jade at Fairyhouse in December before securing a facile win as a 1/5 favourite in the Doncaster Mares Hurdle earlier this year.

Vroum Vroum Mag was never at her best at Doncaster and that is perhaps why Limini is the preferred ride of Ruby Walsh this week, with Paul Townend aboard the elder mare.

The Rest

Apple's Jade (9/2 with Boylesports) would appear to be the biggest threat to the two market leaders as she beat Vroum Vroum Mag in the Hatton's Grace Hurdle in December but she found Limini too good at Punchestown in February and the quicker ground at Cheltenham may count against Gordon Elliott's hopeful.

Other runners to look out for include two-time Grade 1 winner, Jer's Girl (10/1), and last year's runner-up Rock On The Moor (66/1), although it is Limini who is tipped to justify favouritism when taking on her stablemate in an enthralling head-to-head clash.

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