Ted Walsh has never been one to keep his opinions to himself. Father of the great Ruby Walsh, he’s as shrewd as he is outspoken. With that in mind, he’s a man worth listening to. Walsh has had his say on Tuesday’s Mares’ Hurdle, a race which is shaping up to be one of the highlights of the week. Check out our free tips page for daily content across British and Irish racing.
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Echoes in Rain has caught Ted Walsh’s eye and he believes Willie Mullins’ mare could be overpriced for the Grade 1 event. You can perhaps see why she’s available at double figures, with the likes of Marie’s Rock, Honeysuckle and Epatante in opposition. Her very best form would put her right into the mix. Walsh gave a glowing assessment of the mare, he said: “I also think Willie Mullins’ mare that won at Naas (Echoes in Rain) has a good each-way chance in the Mares’ Hurdle.”
The Grand National-winning trainer is full of praise for Echoes In Rain despite the fact that jockey bookings would suggest she’s only Mullins’ second string. He added: “It’s a right good Mares’ Hurdle with Epatante and Honeysuckle but I think if she settles, she’s a right good mare and…I think Echoes in Rain could be a fine price to run a big race in that one.”
She was a cosy winner of a Grade 1 novice hurdle at the Punchestown Festival back in 2021. A very useful handicapper finished second that day and Blue Lord was back in third. It could be argued that she hasn’t quite lived up to that promise since. However, she was very impressive against the boys in a Grade 3 at Naas last time out. The fact that she’s a double-figure price tells you everything you need to know about how hot this race is.
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