Apple's Jade spearheads Mares' Hurdle entry at Cheltenham Festival

Thu 18 Jan 2018
2017 Cheltenham Festival - Champion Day - Cheltenham Racecourse Apple's Jade returns in triumph after winning at Cheltenham last year (PA)

Apple's Jade is the headline name among 33 entries for the OLBG Mares' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival on March 13.

Gordon Elliott's charge won the Grade One last year and has since gone unbeaten in four starts.

Willie Mullins has dominated this race since its inception in 2008, winning six renewals between 2009-14 with Quevega, as well as scoring with Glens Melody (2015) and Vroum Vroum Mag (2016), and the latter is among his nine entries this time.

Let's Dance, Benie Des Dieux and Augusta Kate also have the option for Mullins, while Fergal O'Brien's Colin's Sister is among the leading home contenders following her West Yorkshire Hurdle win earlier in the season.

Alan King's Dusky Legend, who has been placed in the last two renewals of the Mares' Novices' Hurdle at the Festival, and the Warren Greatrex-trained La Bague Au Roi also feature.

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