Record 53 in OLBG Mares’ Hurdle

Having won the race for the last eight years, Willie Mullins appears unwilling to loosen his grip upon the £110,000 OLBG David Nicholson Mares' Hurdle having been responsible for 15 of the record 53 entries for this season's renewal on Tuesday March 14.

Quevega and Glen's Melody – both winners of the OLBG Mares' Hurdle for Willie Mullins.

The Mullins team includes 2015 last hurdle faller and 2016 Stan James Champion Hurdle scorer Annie Power and last year's OLBG Mares' Hurdle winner Vroum Vroum Mag, plus unbeaten novice Airlie Beach, Let's Dance and Limini, who captured the G2 Trull House Stud Mares' Novices' Hurdle at The Festival in 2016.

Mullins has won eight of the nine runnings of the OLBG Mares' Hurdle, with the legendary Quevega scoring a record six times. Only the inaugural winner of the race in 2008, the Donald McCain-trained Whiteoak, has scored from another stable.

A record 22 Irish-trained contenders for the race also include last season's JCB Triumph Hurdle runner-up Apple's Jade (Gordon Elliott), who beat Vroum Vroum Mag in the G1 Hatton's Grace Hurdle at Fairyhouse in December, and dual G1 scorer Jer's Girl (Gavin Cromwell).

Among the potential home challengers are Kotkikova (Nicky Henderson) and Dusky Legend (Alan King), second to Limini last year, and Rons Dream (Peter Bowen), plus progressive novices Colin's Sister (Fergal O'Brien) and Happy Diva (Kerry Lee).

Horse

Age

Owner

Trainer

AIRLIE BEACH (IRE)

7

Supreme Horse Racing Club/K Sharp

Willie Mullins IRE

AL REESHA (IRE)

6

N W Lake

Dan Skelton

ANNIE POWER (IRE)

9

Susannah Ricci

Willie Mullins IRE

APPLE'S JADE (FR)

5

Gigginstown House Stud

Gordon Elliott IRE

ASTHURIA (FR)

6

George Creighton

Willie Mullins IRE

AUGUSTA KATE

6

The Masters Syndicate

Willie Mullins IRE

BARRA (FR)

6

Gigginstown House Stud

Gordon Elliott IRE

BENIE DES DIEUX (FR)

6

Susannah Ricci

Willie Mullins IRE

BON CHIC (IRE)

8

Bowes Lodge Stables

Jimmy Moffatt

BRIERY QUEEN

8

Helen Plumbly & Kathryn Leadbeater

Noel Williams

CAMELIA DE COTTE (FR)

5

Susannah Ricci

Willie Mullins IRE

COLIN'S SISTER

6

Caroline Beresford-Wylie

Fergal O'Brien

COLLA PIER (IRE)

8

David Peter Dunne

David Dunne IRE

CRACK TIEPY (FR)

5

Susannah Ricci

Willie Mullins IRE

DEBDEBDEB

7

The Sea Breeze Partnership

Dan Skelton

DESERT QUEEN

9

The Jago Family Partnership

Harry Fry

DUSKY LEGEND

7

Richard & Lizzie Kelvin-Hughes

Alan King

GRAPE TREE FLAME

9

F Lloyd

Peter Bowen

GROOVEJET

6

Phil Cunningham

Richard Spencer

HAPPY DIVA (IRE)

6

Will Roseff

Kerry Lee

HIDDEN IDENTITY (IRE)

11

Paul Bowtell

Tim Vaughan

INDIAN STREAM

8

Mrs G Davies

Neil Mulholland

INTENSE TANGO

6

New Approach Racing Limited

Karl Burke

JER'S GIRL (IRE)

5

J P McManus

Gavin Cromwell IRE

KARALEE (FR)

6

Susannah Ricci

Willie Mullins IRE

KOTKIKOVA (FR)

6

J P McManus

Nicky Henderson

LATE NIGHT LILY

6

Braybrooke Lodge Partnership

Dan Skelton

LET'S DANCE (FR)

5

Susannah Ricci

Willie Mullins IRE

LIFEBOAT MONA

7

Axom LV

Paul Nicholls

LIMINI (IRE)

6

Susannah Ricci

Willie Mullins IRE

LISTEN DEAR (IRE)

7

Supreme Horse Racing Club

Willie Mullins IRE

LISTEN TO THE MAN (IRE)

7

Susan Carsberg

Dan Skelton

MAGIE DU MA (FR)

4

K Alexander

David Pipe

MARIAH'S LEGEND

5

Paul Murphy

Amy Murphy

MIDNIGHT JAZZ

7

Mrs A Allen

Ben Case

MIDNIGHT TOUR

7

James and Jean Potter

Alan King

MISS CRICK

6

David Sewell

Alan King

MORELLO ROYALE (IRE)

7

Ann & Tony Gale

Colin Tizzard

PASS THE TIME

8

Dajam Ltd

Neil Mulholland

PRAVALAGUNA (FR)

5

Bruton Street IV

Willie Mullins IRE

RENE'S GIRL (IRE)

7

Andy & Sharon Measham

Dan Skelton

ROCK ON THE MOOR (IRE)

9

R Irwin

Jessica Harrington IRE

RONS DREAM

7

Tania Stepney

Peter Bowen

SCREAMING ROSE (IRE)

6

Nigel King

Willie Mullins IRE

SHATTERED LOVE (IRE)

6

Gigginstown House Stud

Gordon Elliott IRE

SURTEE DU BERLAIS (IRE)

7

Sue Griffiths

Oliver Sherwood

TAHIRA (GER)

7

Carl Hinchy

Richard Hobson

THE ORGANIST (IRE)

6

J P McManus

Oliver Sherwood

VIKY DU REPONET (FR)

8

Dan Macdonald

Paul Nicholls

VIVE MA FILLE (GER)

5

J Mitchell

Mick Channon

VROUM VROUM MAG (FR)

8

Susannah Ricci

Willie Mullins IRE

WATER SPRITE (IRE)

6

Five Men Syndicate

Gordon Elliott IRE

WHITEOUT (GER)

6

Mrs David Lawlor

Willie Mullins IRE

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