David Pipe today confirmed the OLBG Mares’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival is his aim for the talented mare Swing Bowler, who will once again bid to take on star mare Quevega.
“The plan is to go for the Betfair Hurdle at Newbury on Saturday and then onto the OLBG Mares’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival”, Pipe told Sports Betting Community OLBG.com.”
Swing Bowler, who ran well in the 2013 Betfair Hurdle finishing third behind My Tent Or Yours, ran a disappointing race in the OLBG Mares Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival in 2013.
“She did not quite get the trip last year but she is stronger this year and as long as the ground is not too soft, then that should give her a better chance.”
Another contender looking set to take on Quevega at the Festival is the Oliver Sherwood-trained mare Mischievous Milly, who is declared for the OLBG Mares’ Hurdle at Warwick this Saturday.
“Mischievous Milly is going to run at Warwick on Saturday and will then go on to run in the Mares race at Cheltenham. She handles soft/heavy ground very well and 2m4f is her ideal trip.”
One mare that won’t be seen this weekend, but is firmly on track to take on Quevega is Robert Walford’s improving Carole’s Spirit. She has caught many a good judges eye recently and her trainer told OLBG.com, “I’m delighted with her current well-being and it is my intention to run her in the OLBG Mares’ race at the Festival. She won’t run again beforehand and I really believe the trip of 2m 4f at the Festival will be absolutely ideal for her.
I’m not too concerned about the going, she ran well on good ground at Aintree and I think she could make into the first four, but obviously if Quevega is on top form she should win.”
The OLBG.com Mares’ Hurdle at Warwick will be aired live on Channel 4 Racing at 2.05pm this Saturday 8th February and is the last step on the OLBG Mares’ Road before the Cheltenham Festival 2014.