Mares Novice Hurdle Championship Final Betting Tips

The 2019 Mares Novice Hurdle Championship Final betting tips on Betting.org say the unbeaten Honeysuckle is fancied to maintain that record in the 2m 4f Grade 1 event at Fairyhouse on Easter Sunday, 21 April, for trainer Henry De Bromhead. Surprise Dawn Run heroine Eglantine Du Seuil represents last season’s winning owners and trainer Willie Mullins, who has landed this four times in the last six years, and is thus feared most. British raider Annie Mc is one of many with each-way claims in a typically competitive renewal. For more on this chief supporting race on Ryanair Gold Cup day, read our detailed 2019 Mares Novice Hurdle Championship Final betting tips preview.

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2/1
Selection
Honeysuckle
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9/2
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Eglantine Du Seuil
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Annie Mc
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Honeysuckle the Fairyhouse fancy in Mares Final

Henry De Bromhead looks to hold leading claims of a first-ever winner of the Grade 1 Mares Novice Hurdle Championship Final at Fairyhouse this Sunday (14:50) with Honeysuckle, who is the sole course and distance winner in the 17-runner line-up. This five-year-old bolted up in her maiden Point at Dromahane and is unbeaten in three starts under Rules.

Honeysuckle made a very taking hurdles bow here in November on good ground when she led going best three out and stayed on strongly to score by 12 lengths. She then took the step up to Listed level and drop back in trip down to 2m in her stride at Thurles where she made all.

Given her pointing background, that distance may have been too sharp for Honeysuckle but she still followed-up and then landed the hat-trick when back here in Grade 3 company and up to 2m 2f. It was yet another easy success for the daughter of Sulamani, where she stayed on best to beat the re-opposing Western Victory by six lengths.

Those exploits have earned Honeysuckle a 140 rating which is the highest in the line-up. She also comes to Fairyhouse a fresh mare after missing the Cheltenham Festival. Not contesting the Dawn Run may actually be a blessing in disguise as she would have dropped back in trip again.

This test looks a far better fit for her profile. Rachael Blackmore is three from three aboard Honeysuckle and the De Bromhead stable is on a 28 per cent strike rate in the last 14 days at the time of writing. She therefore appeals most and looks a worthy favourite, according to our 2019 Mares Novice Hurdle Championship Final betting tips.

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Eglantine Du Seuil the obvious danger

Willie Mullins has won this competitive contest five times before, including four of the last six renewals with the likes of Annie Power and Laurina. He saddles seven of the 17 runners this year, and the pick of those could be surprise Dawn Run victor Eglantine Du Seuil. This five-year-old French import is two from three since joining her current handler.

Eglantine Du Seuil won her sole start across the Channel in a bumper and shares a sire with Apple’s Jade and Bristol De Mai as a daughter of Saddler Maker. After being pushed clear to score on her Irish and hurdles debut in a Sligo maiden under Ruby Walsh back in October, she was then a 3 1/4 lengths third to Triplicate at Listowel.

Nobody fancied Eglantine Du Seuil for the Dawn Run off the back of that effort, and she was sent off at 50/1. As with this race, Mullins often has many mounts in that Cheltenham Festival contest but she surprised everyone in the hands of the now retired Noel Fehily when outrunning her odds.

Big claims on Dawn Run win

After making good headway in-between the last two flights, Eglantine Du Seuil jumped the last in fourth but powered up the Cheltenham hill with a strong run and headed stable companion Concertista on the line. It was a sensational performance to score by a short-head and the fifth mare home, Indefatigable, has come out and won since.

Those exploits have earned Eglantine Du Seuil an opening official rating of 136. That leaves her with 4lb to find on Honeysuckle now stepping up to tackle 2m 4f for the first time, but many of her family have proved effective over that trip and even further.

Walsh in now back on board Eglantine Du Seuil and comes into the Easter Festival on a 31 per cent strike rate. Another bold bid looks assured and her Grade 2 form sets the standard when you consider Laurina also won both races for connections 12 months ago. It’s Eglantine Du Seuil therefore who can give Honeysuckle most to think about.

Annie Mc one to consider each-way

This is always a lively betting heat and there are many in with each-way chances. Although Dawn Run third and fourth Tintangle and Black Tears are sure to attract support, the winner of the English equivalent of this race was Annie Mc which is run at Newbury as a handicap.

Jonjo O’Neill trains this five-year-old daughter of Mahler, who chased Honeysuckle home in an Irish Point. She has posted improved form since making the switch to racing under Rules and ran out the very impressive winner of a Chepstow handicap in January.

Annie Mc absolutely bolted up in Wales where she was held-up well off the pace before making eye-catching headway to lead two out. She was then ridden clear for an emphatic 18 lengths success under trainer’s son Jonjo O’Neill Jr.

Value for more than Newbury Grade 2 glory

While he cannot use his claim in this Grade 1 race, Annie Mc was value for more than the 5lb he takes off and the eight-length winning margin at Newbury last time out. She was again held-up, made headway from three out and led in-between the last two hurdles.

All Jonjo Jr had to do then was ride her clear at the last to win easing down. The BHA handicapper has put Annie Mc up 11lb for her Grade 2 victory and, off a revised 138 mark, she comes out as the second-best horse in this race on ratings.

If running up to it, then she can prove herself better than a handicapper. This British raider should thus be involved in the finish and Annie Mc looks the best each-way value on offer. She thus completes our 2019 Mares Novice Hurdle Championship Final betting tips to at least hit the frame.

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