As this is the second running of the Mares’ Chase there are no patterns in the statistics available to help us make an informed decision on who to side with.
This race will be contested over the same course and distance as the Ryanair Chase.
The main reason for its inclusion on Gold Cup Day is that it will hopefully encourage classier mares to be sent chasing in the oncoming years.
Previous Winners Of The Mare’s Chase
Runners To Watch
Below are selected runners who hold entries for the Mrs Paddy Power Mares Chase 2022.
Karl Hedley provides some recent form notes to help point you in the right direction of identifying the winner.
ELIMAY – WILLIE MULLINS
Elimay lost out narrowly after a protracted battle with Colreevy in this last year but just hasn’t matched that form this term.
Some fairly ordinary jumping proved costly when narrowly beaten by Mount Ida at Fairyhouse in January but she is meeting that rival on three-pounds worse terms now.
Despite being the likely favourite she is looking a little exposed and others are more appealing.
MOUNT IDA – GORDON ELLIOTT
Mount Ida has won four of her seven chases over a variety of trips, including the Kim Muir at last year’s Festival despite jumping moderately and looking under pressure for most of the way.
Two wins this season have been more straightforward. She seemed to keep jumping right last time and that will be a major inconvenience if repeating those antics here.
Seems to have her own idea about things but a danger if it all clicks.
ZAMBELLA – NIGEL TWISTON-DAVIES
Zambella fell three out when starting to creep into contention in last year’s renewal.
She is three from six since but defeats have come over different trips (one a hurdle race) and she has made all in three two-and-a-half-mile mares’ races this season including when barely coming out of second gear at Uttoxeter last time.
If she can stay up she can play a part.
CONCERTISTA – WILLIE MULLINS
Concertista has a Cheltenham Festival record that reads 212, with the win an emphatic success in the 2020 mares’ novice hurdle and last year’s defeat was by only a head in the two-and-a-half-mile mares’ hurdle.
She has made a seamless transition to fences this winter and jumped well when making it 2-2 at Limerick in December on similar ground.
She wouldn’t need much more to complete the hat-trick against rivals with less scope for further progress.
VIENNA COURT – NIGEL TWISTON-DAVIES
Vienna Court has taken her form to a new high this winter, with a course and distance handicap win from off the pace against the boys in January being the highlight.
A lesser effort behind Pink Legend at Huntingdon last time but expect her to gain revenge back at her favourite track if on song.
SCARLET AND DOVE – JOSPEH O’BRIEN
Scarlet And Dove competed in The Thyestes last time and it proved beyond her.
She picked up minor honours on previous two outings in mares’ races at Clonmel and Fairyhouse but the form is dubious.
The yard are out of form and very hard to recommend.
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2022 Mrs Paddy Power Mares Chase Tips & Key Trends
CONCERTISTA is clearly the ace in this pack of cards.
Despite not being seen since just after Christmas, she goes well fresh and has won at the Festival before.
Beaten only a head in a Grade 1 last season against Black Tears, she should prove too strong for the likes of Mount Ida and Elimay.
- No key trends have started to emerge as yet as this race had its inaugural running last season.
Odds With Paddy Power – correct at time of publication
- 2/1 Elimay
- 9/4 Mount Ida
- 7/2 Concertista
- 8/1 Zambella
- 14/1 Vienna Court
- 16/1 Scarlet and Dove
- 50/1 Pink Legend
- 100/1 Maid OMalley