Kerry Lee: Mares' Chase on Happy Diva's radar

Happy Diva was a thrilling winner of the BetVictor Gold Cup at Cheltenham.
Happy Diva was a thrilling winner of the BetVictor Gold Cup at Cheltenham.

Trainer Kerry Lee has revealed that the new Mares' Chase at the Cheltenham Festival will be on Happy Diva's radar next term, as she begins to start planning for the new Jumps season...

The nine-year-old mare enjoyed a stellar campaign for her trainer, winning the BetVictor Gold Cup at Cheltenham in the autumn, before returning to the Cotswolds to finish a fine second to Simply The Betts in the Festival Plate in March, a performance with which Lee was particularly proud of.

She said: “It was a career best effort, even the handicapper said it was a career best, so we’re happy to up a few pounds for that one. She was amazing, producing a fantastic run under a fantastic ride by Richard Patrick.

"It was immensely frustrating to get chinned again, but we had no complaints whatsoever in that respect, and I was very proud to be at the Festival. With a string of 20 or so horses, to be up there competing on the big stage is a very proud moment for me."

Lee added that the new Grade 2 Mares' Chase at the Cheltenham Festival will almost certainly be on Happy Diva's radar next term, though she is under no illusions that the mares' division is one that's strengthening with each passing year;

"It was immensely frustrating actually when it was announced that it wouldn’t be run until 2021, I had hoped for it this year, but that’s just how it is," she said.

"She’ll definitely be looking towards that, but there are going to be an abundance of decent mares next term; I’ve been keeping my eye across the novice hurdling and novice chasing divisions, and there are an abundance of very good mares coming through - so we may find that we stay handicapping.

"At the moment though, it’s impossible to make any plans as we just don’t have any form of calendar or idea of when we’ll be back in action."

Meanwhile, Happy Diva will be kept in training for as long as she maintains her enthusiasm for the sport - something which Lee insists her mare still has in abundance;

"She’ll certainly stay in training until she starts to not show her best, and then she’ll be going to the breeding sheds for a career as a broodmare. I think the way she ran at the Festival shows she’s got every ounce of enthusiasm she’s ever had, and possibly a little bit more, you never know!

"She’s well-bred herself by King’s Theatre out of a prolific winning mare called Megan’s Joy, so it will be fun to train some mini Divas in the future.

"In the meantime, though, she will be spending her summer holidays with Financier in North Herefordshire. He’s her number one chap, and they’re very much a couple, but she definitely wears the trousers in that respect!"

Kerry was speaking to the first episode of the HorseRacing At Home Podcast, which you can listen to below. 

Horse Racing Odds
Advert Disclaimer is a free online resource which endeavour to provide helpful and useful content and odds comparison to its visitors. Please be advised that accepts affiliate commission from the companies appearing on the site, and agreed commission levels impact the location and order in which the companies (and/or their products) are presented on the website. Any ratings that appear on this site is determined by our subjective opinion of the brand but also based on market share and reputation, each brand's conversion rates, commission paid to us and general consumer interest. Company listings on this page don't imply our endorsement. We do not feature all providers on the market. Except as expressly set forth in our terms and conditions, all statements and warranties regarding the information presented on this page are disclaimed. The information, including odds, which appear on this site is subject to change at any time.

100% Up To £50 Welcome Bonus + 25 Spins

#AD 18+; New bettors get 100% of deposit up to £50; Once per household; Min deposit £15 (no Skrill/Neteller); Wager a total of 8 times deposit + bonus, with max qualifying bet stake equal to your initial bonus amount; Bonus expires after 60 days; Min odds of 4/5 on singles, or 2/5 per leg for acca; Some bet types excluded; Free spins validity: 7 days; Free spins max. winnings = £100; See full terms; Terms apply.
Bet £10 Get £30 In Free Bets
#AD 18+. Play Safe. New customers using Promo code H30 only, Min £10/€10 stake,  min odds 1/2, free bets paid as 2 x £15/€15, free bets credited after  settlement of first qualifying bet, free bets will expire 30 days after  the qualifying bet is placed, payment method/player/country restrictions apply.
Bet £10 Get £30 Free Bets (APP Only)
#AD New UK, IE & Malta customers only. 18+. Min £10/€10 first deposit using Debit Card or Trustly. Place a bet of £10 at min odds of 1.5. Free bets expire in 90 days. Full T&Cs apply.
Welcome Offer
#AD Bet £10 & Get £50 in Free Bets for new customers at bet365. Min deposit requirement. Free Bets are paid as Bet Credits and are available for use upon settlement of bets to value of qualifying deposit. Min odds, bet and payment method exclusions apply. Returns exclude Bet Credits stake. Time limits and T&Cs apply.
Bet £10 Get £60 in Bonuses
#AD New UK customers only. Register using the promo code BETFRED60, deposit and place first bet of £10+ on Sports (cumulative Evens+) within 7 days of registration. First bet must be on Sports. £20 in Free Bets to be used on Sports, £10 in Free Bets to be used on Lotto and 50 Free Spins (20p per spin) credited within 48 hours of bet settlement. Further £20 in Free Bets credited 5 days after settlement. Bonuses have a 7-day expiry. Payment restrictions apply. SMS verification and/or Proof of I.D and address may be required. Full T&Cs apply.
Bet £20 & Get It Back As CASH If It Loses
#AD New customers only. Place your FIRST bet on any Horse Racing market and if it loses we will refund your stake in CASH. Max refund for this offer is £20. Only deposits made using cards will qualify for this promotion. T&Cs apply.
Money Back As Cash Up To £20
#AD Max £20 refund on first bet. Bet must be placed in first 7 days of account opening. Only deposits made via Debit Card will be eligible for the promotion. T&Cs apply. 18+
Bet £10 Get £30 Free Bets + £10 Casino Bonus
#AD Minimum deposit of £10 using deposit code 30F - A qualifying bet is a ‘real money’ stake of at least £10 placed on any sports market - Minimum odds of 1/2 (1.5) - Free bets credited upon qualifying bet settlement and expire after 7 days - Free bet stakes not included in returns - Casino Bonus must be claimed within 7 days • To withdraw bonus/related wins, wager bonus amount x40 within 14 days • Wagering req. vary by game • Withdrawal restrictions and Full T&C’s apply. 18+
Bet £10 Get £30 Free Bets
#AD Offer includes a free £1 Race Index spread bet to try out our exciting 50-25-10 race markets. Place a £10 fixed odds bet at minimum odds of 1/2. Get 2 x £10 free fixed odds bets + 2 x £5 free Winning Favourites spread bets. Bet with live streaming on all racing and greyhounds! Ts&Cs Apply. 18+
Bet £10 Get £20 In Free Bets
#AD Min stake £10. Min odds 1/2 (1.5). First bet only. Free bets expire in 7 days. Cashed out bets won’t apply. Payment method restrictions. Online UK customers only. 30 days to qualify for £20 in Free Bets. 18+. T&Cs apply
£25 Free Bet + 10 Free Spins
If your account has Sportsbook losses at the end of your first day's betting, QuinnBet will refund 50% of your losses as a Free Bet up to £25 (min 3 bets) Plus 10 Free Spins on Asgard Warriors. Even if your account is up, you're guaranteed a £5 Free Bet Plus 10 Free Spins provided you place at least 1 bet of £10 or greater at the minimum odds. T&Cs apply | 18+ New UK Customers Only |
Latest racing results
2ndHarbour Vision
2ndDark Swansong
3rdChookie Dunedin
View All Today's Results