Quevega appearance to decide Unaccompanied fate


Unaccompanied is only likely to line up in the OLBG Mares’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival if Quevega does not take part.

Dermot Weld’s Grade One-winning five-year-old was the surprise name among the 28 entries for the race better known as the David Nicholson Mares’ Hurdle.

Quevega has ruled the roost in the Grade Two for the past three years and despite her unusual preparation of heading to Cheltenham without the aid of a prior run, is currently odds-on favourite to make it four in a row.

Unaccompanied would at least give her something different to think about but Stan Cosgrave, racing manager for the owners, Moyglare Stud, said: “Dermot put her in just in case something happened to Willie Mullins’ good mare (Quevega).

“It’s doubtful she’ll run, but if the good filly doesn’t run then she would.

“It’s just a safety valve. It’s unlikely, but you never know.”

A total of 28 mares were entered, with last year’s Fred Winter winner What A Charm, Lanzarote Hurdle winner Swincombe Flame and Our Girl Salley engaged.

Alasi, Kentford Grey Lady and Violin Davis are also entered.