(Grade 1) - 1 mile, 7 furlongs 199 yards
(3) Dame De Compagnie
RUNNERS TO WATCH
- Concertista (7 year old, W.Mullins) – An impressive 12 length winner of the Grade 2 mares novice hurdle at the 2020 Festival. She has kicked on again this season with 2 more classy wins in Graded races and seems to be the next Mullins super mare on the scene.
- Roksana (9 year old, D.Skelton) – The fortunate 2019 winner may try to win this again, assuming the ground is soft enough. She is also entered in the Stayers Hurdle over 3 miles.
- Dame De Compagnie (8 year old, N.Henderson) – She won the Coral Cup over a similar trip at the 2020 Festival and may revert to hurdles here, having had a spell chasing this season. She looks to hold each way claims for her legendary owner JP McManus.
- Black Tears (7 year old, D.Foster) – She finished a close 2nd behind Dame De Compagnie last year in the Coral Cup and if reproducing that form she has place claims here.
LAST 5 WINNERS
2020 – Honeysuckle 9/4 Age 6 Trainer: H.De Bromhead
2019 – Roksana 10/1 Age 7 Trainer: D.Skelton
2018 – Benie Des Dieux 9/2 Age 7 Trainer: W.Mullins
2017 – Apple’s Jade 7/2 Age 5 Trainer: G.Elliott
2016 – Vroum Vroum Mag 4/6 Fav Age 6 Trainer: W.Mullins
Willie Mullins - A phenomenal 9 wins in the 13 years since the race started, which would have been 10 wins had Benie Des Dieux not fallen at the last in 2019. It’s worth pointing out that Mullins was helped by the super mare Quevega who this race 6 years on the trot. Runner: Concertista.
FOLLOW THE FAVOURITES?
A good record for favourites - The favourite has won this race 7 times in the 13 years since its inception, and this despite infamous last hurdle falls for favourites Annie Power (2015) and Benie Des Diuex (2019). The longest priced winner was Roksana (10/1), who picked up the prices in 2019.
7 year olds have a good recent record – Since Quevega’s domination (winning between the ages of 5 to 10), the race has been won by a 7 year old in 4 of the last 6 years. The mighty Quevega is the only mare to have won this older than 7 years old, which may be a negative for 9 year old Roksana.
UK v IRELAND
For the past 13 running’s the score is Ireland 11 v UK 2 based on trainer location.
DID YOU KNOW?
8 of the last 10 winners had won their previous race.
6 of the last 6 winners had never won round Cheltenham.
10 of the last 12 winners had won at least 1 Grade 1-3 race.
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