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2016 Mares' Hurdle runners - Vroum Vroum Mag to lead Cheltenham field

Jon Wilde in Tues. 14th March 14 Mar 2016
  • A field of 20 will go to post for the 2016 Mares' Hurdle
  • Vroum Vroum Mag to start favourite for trainer Willie Mullins
  • Get the details about all the Cheltenham runners and riders
Ruby Walsh rides Vroum Vroum Mag to win at Ascot (credit: Cheltenhampro.com)

Willie Mullins will attempt to maintain his domination of the Mares’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival when he seeks an eighth victory in the nine runnings of the race on Tuesday.

The all-conquering Irish trainer missed out on winning the inaugural Mares’ Hurdle in 2008 when he did not have a representative, but since then has monopolised the race courtesy of Quevega’s incredible six-timer and last year’s success of Glens Melody.

The latter only prevailed after Mullins’ hot favourite Annie Power had crashed out at the last flight when well in command, and that horse will go on a Cheltenham redemption mission in the Champion Hurdle which takes place 40 minutes before the mares’ event.

But Mullins, jockey Ruby Walsh and owners Rich and Susannah Ricci still have an outstanding chance of capping what could be another glorious Tuesday for them all when Vroum Vroum Mag bids to potentially follow Min, Douvan and Annie Power into the winner’s enclosure.

The seven-year-old is one of many French imports to the Mullins yard and unbeaten since starting her career in Ireland in November 2014, firstly in six chases and then two hurdle races including a three-and-a-half length success at Ascot in January.

Of Vroum Vroum Mag, Mullins said:
“I've been taken with how she has won her races rather than what she has beaten. I think she's a very good mare. She doesn't look it, she looks very ordinary, but she has an engine. It was amazing how easily she won at Ascot.  
“She's fast, she jumps well and she stays - you can put her in at any trip, she relaxes and goes to sleep in a race and you switch her on when you want her.”

Mullins will also run Gitane Du Berlais in the Mares’ Hurdle, this one ridden by Daryl Jacob who is the jockey retained by the six-year-old’s owners Simon Munir and Isaac Souede.

Clear second favourite is Nicky Henderson’s Polly Peachum, named after a character in The Threepenny Opera, who was beaten by only a head in this race last year and is in good form again.

Flute Bowl will try to justify her supplementary fee having been added to the field at the confirmation stage by trainer Gary Moore.


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2016 Mares' Hurdle runners - Vroum Vroum Mag to lead Cheltenham field

Willie Mullins will attempt to maintain his domination of the Mares’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival when he seeks an eighth victory in the nine runnings of the race on Tuesday.

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