Cheltenham Festival 2021: Mares’ Chase preivew, tips and how to watch


he inaugural Mrs Paddy Power Mares’ Chase will take place today as this year’s Cheltenham Festival wraps up and, unsurprisingly, Willie Mullins has a strong hand.

The Irish trainer has been the dominant force in both the Mares’ Hurdle and Mares Novices’ Hurdle since those races were introduced at the Festival and his charge Elimay is favourite to become the first winner of the new contest. 

The JP McManus-owned mare is unbeaten in chases against her own sex, with her only defeat over fences coming against stablemate Allaho – a leading contender in the Ryanair – in a Grade 2 at Thurles in January. 

Another Mullins contender is Colreevy who is three out of three in her novice chase career – including a Grade 1 win against the geldings at Limerick on Boxing Day – and she will take on her stablemate, having at one stage looked set to skip the Festival.

Shattered Love is a former Festival winner, having landed what was the JLT back in 2018, but she suffered her first defeat in mares-only company when finishing second to Elimay last time out, albeit over a short than ideal trip. 

One usually served best by an even more extreme test of stamina is Magic Of Light, runner-up in the Grand National two years ago, but the Jonjo O’Neil-trained Annie Mc was ruled out by a setback on the eve of the Festival.

When is the Mrs Paddy Power Mares’ Chase?

The Mares’ Chase will be run at 4:15pm on Friday, March 19, 2021, the final day of this year’s Festival.

Mrs Paddy Power Mares’ Chase odds

(Odds provided by Betfair NRNB market and are subject to change)

  • Elimay 6/4
  • Colreevy 3/1
  • Shattered Love 5/1
  • Magic Of Light 12/1
  • Happy Diva 14/1
  • Salsaretta 16/1
  • 20/1 bar

How to watch the Mrs Paddy Power Mares’ Chase

TV channel: The Mares Chase will be shown live on ITV1 and Racing TV. 

Live stream: TV licence payers can stream the race for free via the ITV Hub website and app. Subscribers can also stream the action via the Racing TV website. 

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