The Mrs Paddy Power Mares’ Chase is a new race, run for the first time in 2021.
Registered as The Liberthine Mares' Chase, it is run over the same course and distance as the Ryanair Chase.
Each mare carries a minimum of 11st 2lb, with penalties incurred for winners of Grade 1 (5lb) and Grade 2 (3lb) chases.
The aim of the race is to encourage owners and trainers to continue to enhance the population of quality jumping mares to help guarantee the future of the sport.
It replaced the Centenary Novices’ Chase (moved to Sandown’s Imperial Cup card the weekend prior to the Festival).
Whilst obviously too soon to identify any trends, it was no surprise at all to see Willie Mullins train the 1-2-4 in the inaugural run.
In addition to the two mares only hurdle races, Mullins has now trained 15 of the 21 Festival races restricted to female horses.
The 2021 Mares' Chase winner was Colreevy, who held off stablemate Elimay: