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Willie Mullins has trio on course for Mares Hurdle at Cheltenham Festival

Updated: Wednesday, 27 Feb 2013 12:39 | Comments

Quevega will aim to be coming up the Cheltenham hill in front again on 12 March
Quevega will aim to be coming up the Cheltenham hill in front again on 12 March

Quevega heads 36 entries for the £85,000 Grade Two OLBG Mares' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival as she bids for a fifth straight win at the Festival.

Her main dangers this year may come from her own stable, with Willie Mullins also being responsible for Grade Three scorers Tarla and Zuzka.

Nicky Henderson has entered top-class French import Utopie Des Bordes and last season's Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle winner Une Artiste, who is unbeaten this term, while Emma Lavelle could be represented by Cleeve Hurdle third Kentford Grey Lady.

In the Weatherbys Champion Bumper, Willie Mullins has a five-strong team, headed by Clondaw Court and Navan Grade Two scorer Union Dues.

Champion Flat trainer Aidan O'Brien could have his first runner at The Festival since Istabraq was pulled up in the 2002 Stan James Champion Hurdle. He is responsible for Shield, who finished fourth on his debut at Punchestown on 20 February. 

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