Queen Quevega Looking To Continue Dominance

Since 2009, Quevega has won each running of the David Nicholson Mares’ Hurdle and she is looking to record a sixth consecutive victory in the race next month.

As it normally is, it will be her opening run of the season as she has not been seen since winning the World Series Hurdle at Punchestown last April.

Willie Mullins’ mare started her run at Cheltenham Festival when scoring against her own sex as a five-year old. That was only her second outing in the UK after switching to Ireland from France.

She returned in 2010 to beat Carole’s Legacy by over four lengths when going off at 6/4 in the racing betting on the bet365 website for the contest on day one.

Her victory in 2011 was emphatic as she put 10 lengths between herself and the rest of the field which was headed by Sparky May. That was the first time she had started the race as an odds-on shot.

12 months later Quevega made it four straight wins in the mares only contest. She was the 4/7 favourite in the racing odds from bet365 and obliged ahead of Kentford Grey Lady.

There was a field of 19 declared for the 2013 renewal of the race, but neither of her 18 rivals could stop her from making it five wins on a spin.

The last time the 10-year tasted defeat was in France when Mullins sent her back to her homeland for a shot at the Prix La Barka. She did not enjoy the very soft ground at Auteuil.

Since that disappointment in France, she has won her last eight races. Four of those have come at Cheltenham and the other half at Punchestown. She is likely to return to the Festival in Ireland in April if all goes well at Prestbury Park.