Willie Mullins reports Quevega to be firing on all cylinders ahead of her bid to add to a hat-trick in the OLBG Mares Hurdle (for the David Nicholson Trophy) at Cheltenham.
The eight-year-old will again be making her seasonal reappearance in the Festival showpiece and is pleasing her handler again after a brief scare.
“She’s in great form. She was in terrific form, ready to run, about three weeks ago then just went out of sorts a little bit so I gave her 10 days easy. Now she’s back good and strong again,” Mullins told At The Races.
“I wasn’t going to run her – I had her ready so I had nothing to do coming up to Cheltenham other than keep her ticking over. I like to get them ready then if something happens you can give them a bit of a break before building then up totally for the Festival.”
Mullins admits heading to straight to Cheltenham suits Quevega.
“I remember two years ago I ran her in a schooling hurdle and she came back lame on the same leg that had her out the previous year and I got her such a fright I said I’d never run her again before the Festival and it seems to work. She takes her training well that way and I’m very pleased with her,” he added.
“The breeder told me years ago the family keep improving with age and I can’t disagree with him. She’s certainly as good as she was anyhow.”