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Mares' Hurdle Odds: Lossiemouth heads the betting

Willie Mullins will be hopeful of adding to his tally of Cheltenham winners on the opening day and Lossiemouth provides the record-breaking trainer with one of his best chances.

Last year's Triumph Hurdle winner was victorious on her seasonal reappearance at Cheltenham in January and her odds-on price suggests she will take all the beating at Prestbury Park.

Mullins has not tasted victory in this race since Benie Des Dieux's success back in 2018 and it was a race he had previously dominated with six-time champion Quevega, Glens Melody and Vroum Vroum Mag ensuring eight consecutive winners.

Now the Close Brothers Mares' Hurdle once again represents an excellent opportunity for Mullins to close in on an unprecedented century of Festival winners.

Mares' Hurdle odds

(Odds will display when markets are available)

Lossiemouth

Owner Rich Ricci believes Lossiemouth to be his best chance of the week.

The only doubt perhaps is the step up in trip, with Lossiemouth yet to win over 2m 3f.

However, she is the classiest horse in the race and is looking for her third win from three races at Cheltenham Racecourse.

Ashroe Diamond

A stablemate of Lossemouth, Ashroe Diamond is set for her first outing at a Cheltenham Festival.

The seven-year old was a Grade 1 winner at Fairyhouse last April and expectations were high heading into the new National Hunt season.

She didn't challenge the leaders in the Hatton's Grace Hurdle in December, but a return to form in the Yorkshire Rose Mares' Hurdle at Doncaster has seen her odds shorten for the Mares' Hurdle.

Echoes In Rain

Fourth in last year's race, Echoes In Rain went on to win the Mares Champion Hurdle at Punchestown the following month.

She hasn't returned to the winners' circle so far this season and has produced a series of underwhelming displays.

She was last of four last time out in the Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown and will have to improve on current form to be in with a chance.

Love Envoi

Last year's runner-up to Honeysuckle could outrun her double-figure price for Harry Fry.

She was second to Not So Sleepy when returning for the Fighting Fifth at Sandown, before finishing behind Lossiemouth at Cheltenham last time out.

Love Envoi was the winner of the Mares' Novices' Hurdle in 2022 and is fancied to be in the frame.

Marie's Rock

The 2022 winner of the race was disappointing in last year's renewal as he finished seventh out of nine and 15 lengths behind the winner.

As a nine-year-old, her best days could be behind her at this level but with not a lot separating the field behind Lossiemouth, she could represent a shrewd each-way selection.

A Grade 2 winner last time out, Nicky Henderson will be hopeful of a strong challenge to Lossiemouth.

Gala Marceau

While Willie Mullins arguably has stronger options in this race, Gala Marceau is the only horse to beat Lossiemouth in her stellar career up to date.

She stayed on supremely well to win the Spring Juvenile Hurdle at Leopardstown on that day in February 2023 and it would take a similar heroic effort this week.

Her form this season hasn't been of the same level but on her day she is clearly capable of challenging the best.

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