Quinn confident Aurore can have a say

January 16, 2015 08:42:40 UK

John Quinn is hopeful Aurore D’Estruval can play a leading role in the OLBG Mares’ Hurdle on the opening day of Cheltenham 2015.

Quinn confirmed the Fighting Fight runner-up amongst an entry-list of 48 for the contest which has been won on the last six occasions by wonder-mare Quevega.

Another Willie Mullins inmate, Annie Power, is much-fancied, but Quinn is confident Aurore D’Estruval can give a good account of herself.

She has improved and will go to Cheltenham with a decent chance.

John Quinn

The five-year-old was last seen taking a Listed contest at Sandown on January 3rd and Quinn was delighted with that effort given the conditions.

“I was very happy at Sandown. The ground was barely raceable, but she proved she gets the trip and we know she is better on nice ground,” he said.

Annie Power is widely expected to continue Ruby Walsh and Willie Mullins’ stranglehold on this race, but Quinn believes his mare has a fighting chance of an upset.

“She is a good mare, who is young and going forward. She has improved and will go to Cheltenham with a decent chance,” he added.

Annie Power has yet to race this season after an injury setback before Christmas and her trainer has confirmed she will go to Cheltenham without a prep race.

She can be backed atĀ 2.00 to win the OLBG Mares’ Hurdle, with Aurore D’EstruvalĀ 5.00 and Morning Run 9.00.

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