Bowe keen on Mares' event

Michael Bowe believes the David Nicholson Mares’ Only Hurdle is a “long overdue” addition to the Cheltenham Festival programme.

Michael Bowe believes the David Nicholson Mares’ Only Hurdle is a “long overdue” addition to the Cheltenham Festival programme.

Bowe currently has one of the leading ante-post fancies for the race in his yard in the shape of Sweet Kiln and would have had a similarly well-supported contender in Solerina a few years ago.

The fact his former stable star did not have quite this kind of opportunity during her 40-race career is a source of regret for Bowe.

“The mares’ race at the Festival is high on the agenda for Sweet Kiln,” said Bowe.

“A race like that is long overdue and I’m delighted that I have a mare good enough to go and support it.

“I made a point of watching Chomba Womba the last time and I was very impressed with her, but that is what racing is about and it will be very competitive.

“Good to firm ground suits her best. There was a belief early on in her career that she needed soft but she didn’t really, it was because she suffered from splints.

“She’s over that now and she travels well on good to firm ground.

“I’d have no worries about the ground at Cheltenham for her and if the ground came up heavy, that wouldn’t be a problem either.

“Solerina probably had more class in fairness, she could win on the Flat.

“I’m just sorry the mares’ race wasn’t around for her because she had to go over and take on Baracouda and Iris’s Gift and she was tiny in comparison,” he told At The Races.

Sweet Kiln is the 3-1 favourite with VC Bet and Coral for the race named in honour of David Nicholson.

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