Mares Novice Hurdle Tips – Irish raider can plunder Cheltenham Festival pot

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Mares Novice Hurdle Tips

Daryl Carter (@DarylCarter7) gives the latest of his Cheltenham day 3 tips here as he runs the rule over the Mares Novice Hurdle, one of the Cheltenham Festival’s toughest races to solve

Plenty of young, improving horses will turn up in this race on day 3 of the Cheltenham Festival. Let’s take a look at some of the key contenders.

Mares Novice Hurdle Tips – Still Plenty To Prove

MINELLA MELODY followed in the footsteps of stablemate Honeysuckle when winning the Solerina Mares Novice Hurdle at Fairyhouse on her most recent start. She beat two Willie Mullins runners who are also well fancied in this market that day and she remains unbeaten in all three starts over hurdles, albeit over further than this two-mile trip.

She looked to appreciate the extra two furlongs more than her two rivals that day and ultimately won with stamina rather than speed, which will stand her in good stead at Cheltenham. She’s a big player here but form over two miles is something she lacks and that has been key to each previous winner of this race. She is yet to win going left-handed, so the Cheltenham course may not suit her (beaten at Aintree in a bumper on her only left-handed start)

The One To Beat

DAYLIGHT KATIE  twice had the favourite Minella Melody  behind her in her bumper days, once at Aintree and once at Punchestown and she has taken to hurdles very well in two starts this term.

Her form ties in with Floressa through Jeremys Flame and she has improved with each start and she looks the current value at the prices.

Mullins Contender Must Be feared

LAMARCKISE is the talking horse in this division this term and she was a winner on her first start for Willie Mullins on heavy ground at Limerick over 2m5f.

That run came after more than 658 days off the track and, while she was underwhelming considering the hype, it would be folly to write her off at this stage. She travelled extremely well but finished very tired that day, and it would be no surprise should she put in an improved performance dropped back in trip next time. With the trainer’s horses improving for the outing at the time of the run she still could have a big say in this race at the Cheltenham Festival.

Don’t Rule Out This Irish raider

DOLCITA has three lengths to find with favourite Minella Melody from their meeting at Fairyhouse and her best work has come on a deeper surface, so it may be too early to write her off after just the two runs.

She made a mistake at the final flight when the pair met so may be value for more than the winning margin suggests there. She has speed and stamina and comes here with little experience, but she is another major contender for Willie Mullins.

Best British Chance?

FLORESSA is highly thought of by her trainer Nicky Henderson and made a positive impression during the early part of the season, but she was put in her place by some seasoned mares at Doncaster.

That race turned into a sprint and she was awash with sweat, so it’s likely she’s better than she showed on that occasion. She’s not without a chance here but will need to step up on what she has done so far if she is to threaten the judge on Cheltenham Festival Day 3.

Mares Novice Hurdle Tips – Big-race Verdict

Ground conditions are likely to play a big part in proceedings but at this stage Daylight Katie provides a bit of value at double-figure odds considering she has had the short-priced favourite in behind on two previous occasions and is open to just as much improvement as the mare leading the market.