If David Nicholson was still alive you would think he would be proud to be associated so closely with the remarkable mare that is Quevega, who is odds on with Ladbrokes. In fact, the two have a lot in common.
Nicholson, who died in 2006, had a glittering career both as a jockey and later as a trainer, and thrived when the Cheltenham Festival came around.
As a jockey he was a hard but fair rider that carved out a remarkable career for himself despite not being associated with one of the big stables at the time.
He enjoyed five Cheltenham wins between 1963 and 1973 but is more famously remembered for his 17 achievements as a trainer.
Nicholson was also famously known as a trainer that the bookmakers feared and was respected by the punters. Much like the great Quevega, who is bidding to land the race named in Nicholson’s honour for the fourth year in succession.
Every year she heads to Cheltenham with the same lightly raced profile, the punters back her off the boards and ultimately she wins with ease.
Expect the same this season but don’t go too wild as the price represents no value whatsoever around the 1/2 mark.
Just sit back, relax and enjoy the phenomenal talents of this racehorse, who should head to Punchestown after this and take on the boys like she did last season.
All his well with her preparation at home and Mullins has reported her to be in fine fettle, saying:
“She travelled over well and Jess, who rides her all the time, thinks she’s stronger than she was when she rode her out at Cheltenham last year. We’re happy with the ground for her and fingers crossed all goes well.”
Fingers crossed or not, it’s pretty obvious the great mare is going to win and win by a country mile.
It will be a fine achievement indeed if any of her 19 rivals can make a race of it let along contemplate beating her. The post-race comments will read – held up, steady headway, led on bridle, pushed out, wins easily.