2023 Mares Chase Betting Odds at Cheltenham racecourse

Friday, 17 March 2023

Willie Mullins seems to often have the golden touch when it comes to mares running in big races and many Cheltenham Festival betting tips will be for one of the two leading pretenders when it comes to this encounter. The big question is whether Concertista or Elimay will be the horse to back.

Gordon Elliott will hope to spoil the party and he has Mount Ida bidding for a hat-trick of consecutive victories, with the eight-year-old having been backed in the lead-up to this race. Riviere D’etel is another big contender and the five-year-old is relatively inexperienced.

17/03 16:50Best Odds
Bet365
Unibet
ElimayElimay
Bet3656/1
6/15/1
Riviere D'etelRiviere D'etel
Bet3658/1
8/17/1
Silver ForeverSilver Forever
Bet36510/1
10/16/1
Allegorie De VassyAllegorie De Vassy
Unibet10/1
7/110/1
Scarlet And DoveScarlet And Dove
Unibet10/1
10/110/1
Gin On LimeGin On Lime
Unibet12/1
12/1
Brandy LoveBrandy Love
Unibet12/1
12/1
Queens BrookQueens Brook
Unibet16/1
16/116/1
Mount IdaMount Ida
Unibet20/1
12/120/1
Put The Kettle OnPut The Kettle On
Unibet25/1
14/125/1
TelmesomethinggirlTelmesomethinggirl
Unibet20/1
20/1
Royal KahalaRoyal Kahala
Unibet20/1
20/1
Magic DazeMagic Daze
Bet36520/1
20/1
DinoblueDinoblue
Unibet20/1
20/1
Vienna CourtVienna Court
Bet36525/1
25/116/1
ZambellaZambella
Bet36525/1
25/120/1
Pink LegendPink Legend
Bet36525/1
25/120/1
Quick WaveQuick Wave
Unibet25/1
25/1
Oscar RoseOscar Rose
Unibet25/1
25/1
PopongPopong
Unibet33/1
33/1
Maid O'malleyMaid O'malley
Unibet66/1
66/1

Concertista finished second in the Close Brothers Mares' Hurdle at the 2021 Cheltenham Festival and has now been sent over the bigger obstacles. Paul Townend for that narrow defeat and the eight-year-old is unbeaten over fences, with Sean O’Keefe having steered her to victory in a Novice Chase in early December.

There was another Novice Chase victory at Limerick Racecourse towards the end of December, although this will be a much stiffer test and perhaps Elimay could be a better Cheltenham Festival betting tip. The eight-year-old only lost this race by half a length last year and could come on for that particular run.

However, Mark Walsh was unable to steer Elimay to a victory on New Year’s Day when running in a Mares’ Chase on New Year’s Day, with Mount Ida the victor on that occasion and perhaps the Gordon Elliott-trained charge could be the best each-way betting value in the race.

Mount Ida was sent off as the 3/1 favourite in the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Chase and duly obliged with a victory, with that Cheltenham success marking her out as a horse who has the course and distance already in the bag. The recent win against Elimay will strengthen the claim that the horse will run well here.

Riviere D’etel is another young horse who could be among the best Cheltenham Festival bets, with the five-year-old having run in esteemed company this season. The horse finished seventh in the Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle at the 2021 Cheltenham meeting and there have been three victories this season at Fairyhouse, Navan and Punchestown.

In the Racing Post Novice Chase on Boxing Day, the same runner finished second to Ferny Hollow over two miles and one furlong on soft ground, while the horse was a close second in the Irish Arkle Novices’ Chase, with connections now considering whether to go down this route or aim the horse at a different Cheltenham Festival target.