Dublin Racing Festival: Mares Handicap Hurdle

Court Maid and David Mullins

Alan Marron previews the first race of day two of the Dublin Racing Festival

Paddy Mullins Mares Handicap Hurdle

On day two of the Dublin Racing Festival we concentrate on the mares handicap hurdle as it is one of the trickiest races on the card. The form is interlinked with my Saturday preview so hopefully we have will a timely boost by the time this race goes to post. The Mullins clan will be looking to win this as it is named after Paddy so that is where the most of my concentration for both selections will go. The trends for this race are not as prominent as others so my selections will be form based.

Cut The Mustard at 6-1

For the first time in my previews I am not going far down the market with this selection simply due to the fact I rate this mares chances quite highly.  The jockey booking of Ruby Walsh increases my confidence as they retain their partnership from Christmas. Jetez was the winner of the race at Christmas where Cut The Mustard ran a screamer to get within three lengths.

If we look deep into her form she ran behind Laurina in the mares novice at Cheltenham last year, even though she was well beaten she looks to have summered very well and got stronger. For Sundays race the addition of a hood will be a massive benefit as she will settle and back in against her own sex I can see her running extremely well.

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Court Maid at 7-1

This mare is in the form of her life at the minute and it would not surprise me to see her progress even further here before taking a race at Cheltenham.

She has gone up 15lbs in the ratings since her win at Punchestown but she really impressed last time out in Cork. She battled well and stayed on well to beat Ballyneety trained by Joseph O Brien. Ballyneety has since come out and finished third to Geneva Barracks at Naas last Sunday so that gives the form a bit of substance.

She is very well bred and has links back to the wonderful chaser Menorah. If it gets into a battle Court Maid will be one staying on well and putting the others to the sword.

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