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Quevega: Faces clash with fellow Irish star

Quevega: Faces clash with fellow Irish star

Quevega: Faces clash with fellow Irish star

Quevega remains on course to bid for a fourth straight win in the OLBG Mares Hurdle at Cheltenham.

Willie Mullins' star features among 24 six-day entries for the Tuesday showpiece but could face a stern test against Unaccompanied who was second in last year's JCB Triumph Hurdle and won at Grade One level this season.

Our Girl Salley, Swincombe Flame and Kentford Grey Lady are also towards the head of the betting.

Tom George expects Terre Du Vent to handle the electric atmosphere when she competes in the race.

Transferred to his team from Yves de Nicolay's yard at the end of last year, Terre Du Vent made her British bow at Kempton last month.

However, she fell heavily two hurdles from home in the Grade Two Dovecote Novices' Hurdle.

George said: "When you look at the form, it wasn't really an ideal prep but she was a Group One and Two horse on the Flat in France so it's not like she doesn't have match practice at the big occasions. She won't be fazed by Cheltenham.

"Her jumping at Kempton was largely good but she did take a nasty fall, although she was by no means a beaten horse at the time.

"We've schooled her since her fall though and it doesn't seem to have left a mark.

"Quevega is obviously the one to beat but Terre Du Vent was rated 105 on the Flat and the step up to two and a half miles will suit her.

"She ran over two to two and a half on the level so the extra distance next week will help her."

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