2021 Cheltenham Festival: Parnell Properties Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When does the 2021 Cheltenham Festival take place? Tuesday 16th March – Friday 19th March, 2021

What time does the Parnell Properties Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle start? Thursday 18th March, 2021 – 16:15 (UK)

Where can I get tickets for the 2021 Cheltenham Festival? The 2021 Cheltenham Festival will take place without spectators

What TV channel is the 2021 Cheltenham Festival on in the UK? ITV will be televising the first six races of each day, while Racing TV subscribers will be able to watch all of the action

Where can I stream the 2021 Cheltenham Festival in the UK? The first six races of each day can be streamed live on the ITV Hub, while Racing TV subscribers can live stream all of the action

THE LOWDOWN

The Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle looks to be a wide-open affair with plenty of the field possessing a good chance to earn the win. Royal Kahala has made a consistent start to hurdling with two wins and a second, although she found Roseys Hollow too good for her last time out at Fairyhouse. That was her second successive win over hurdles and she looks to be trending in the right direction. Hook Up found Royal Kahala too good in their meeting in January but she produced a good performance to finish fourth in a quality Grade 1 affair last month so commands respect while other entries of Willie Mullins in the shape of Glens Of Antrim and Gauloise could also figure owing to the trainer’s unbeaten record in this race with his horses winning all five since its inception in 2016.

THE PREDICTION

Backing against a Willie Mullins horse in this race could prove to be dangerous business but Roseys Hollow could end his dominance here. She got the better of what could be her nearest rival in Royal Kahala when they last met and while she is now 9lb better off since that meeting, the selection looks to have enough in hand to be able to repeat that success.

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