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Mares’ Hurdle Odds: De Bromhead’s Hispanic Moon slashed in betting, as Gala Marceau flops

Henry De Bromhead’s Hispanic Moon was slashed in the betting for the 2024 Mares’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival after winning impressively in Graded company at Punchestown on Wednesday afternoon in a race that saw the hot favourite Gala Marceau flop for Willie Mullins.

Seven-year-old Hispanic Moon was as big as 33/1 for the Mares’ Hurdle, which takes place on Tuesday 12th March, but following her fine eight length success in the Grade 3 Bet Victor Quevega Mares Hurdle she was cut to as short as 12/1 and she could be a potential rival to the hot favourite Lossiemouth, who still remains clear favourite after cruising to victory at Cheltenham on Festival Trials Day last month.

The talk prior to today’s event was all about Gala Marceau, who was a fine runner-up to the aforementioned Lossiemouth in last season’s Triumph Hurdle and she was sent off the 2/7 favourite, but she failed to run any sort of race at all and she was a well beaten third at Punchestown on Wednesday and she’s now as big as 16/1 for next month’s Mares’ Hurdle.

Hispanic Moon has now won two of her three starts since moving to Ireland and she looks to be a classy performer, who could ruffle some feathers at Cheltenham, but those ante-post backers need to be wary as she not only holds an entry in the Mares’ Hurdle, she is also entered for both the Coral Cup and Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle at the festival.

With Lossiemouth looking to be destined for a crack at the Mares’ Hurdle and not at the Champion Hurdle, she will be a real tough nut to crack, but could Hispanic Moon be a potential player in the contest on day one of Cheltenham?