Star Mare Quevega is back in training with the aim of making it a hat-trick of wins in the David Nicholson Mares Hurdle next March, as we approach the new National Hunt season connections are already planning their paths towards Cheltenham Festival. This is certainly the case for Willie Mullins and Quevega who look set to resist calls to make the step up to the World Hurdle to stay with the Mares in the David Nicholson. Quevega has wiped the floor with her same sex rivals in the Mares race at the Festival for past two years, and will be a warm order favourite to make it three-in-a-row if she arrives at Cheltenham fit and well in 2011.
Quevega was so convincing last season at the Cheltenham Festival that the bookmakers were quick to price her up in both the Ladbrokes World Hurdle and the Champion Hurdle for 2011. Mullins though has poured cold water on that with Quevega now back in training following her summer break, and at just six years-old it maybe that she could yet make the step in the future following a third successive win in the David Nicholson Hurdle. Mullins will be once again hoping to bring across a strong team to Cheltenham from Ireland for the 2011 Festival, he has a great record in recent years and in Quevega he has a real star on his hands as we enter the new jumps season.