Cheltenham – Frazzled Mares Hurdle Preview

Frazzled previews the Mares Hurdle at Cheltenham and is going for the each way alternative to Vroum Vroum Mag in the shape of Nicky Henderson trained Polly Peachum.

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Vroum Vroum Mag is the red hot favourite in this contest and it is really hard to see her being beaten given how impressive she has been on all her starts to date, including when sauntering clear last time at Ascot. However that form is not that solid with Jennies Jewel only beaten 3.5 lengths into second place. She has never been to Cheltenham either and while she could be a long way clear of the rest of these, we need to find something else.

Polly Peachum fits the bill as the each way alternative and at 7/2 without the favourite. She has run at this venue twice and has run blinders on both occasions. She won a handicap hurdle off 135 in April 2014 and then she came back here last year and was just touched off by Glens Melody in this contest last year. The race was marred by the fall of what would have been an easy winner in Annie Power, but it is worth noting that Polly Peachum was held up in traffic to an extent as they turned into the straight and then had to veer a little left after the final obstacle.

She stayed on strongly up the hill and took the lead in the last 30 yards only for Glens Melody to fight back and chin her on the line. That is very solid form and Annie Power is running in the previous race and Glens Melody is not here either. If she reproduces that, then she should run a huge race and she won last time at Sandown in conditions she would have hated, which proves her wellbeing. This is likely to be her last race from what we have read and Nicky seems to have geared his season around getting his horses ready for the festival this year. If she runs to her mark then she should be in the first three and if Vroum Vroum does not find off the bridle if required, then she might be facing a tough battler that she cannot withstand.

Bitofapuzzle ran very well in this race last year, but has had an aborted season chasing. She has had plenty of time to get back into the groove at home now and Harry Fry has his team in better shape than they were at the start of 2016, so she could run very well again as could Tara Point who might try and make all and outstay them up the hill. Those tactics will suit the strong staying Polly Peachum much better than a slowly run race, which has happened in the past.

Advised Bets:

1 point each way Polly Peachum at 15/2 with Bet365, Coral, William Hill

1.5 points win Polly Peachum at 7/2 (w/o Vroum Vroum Mag) with Ladbrokes