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    Echoes In Rain Aims for Ideal Farewell at the Festival
Echoes In Rain Aims for Ideal Farewell at the Festival
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Echoes In Rain Aims for Ideal Farewell at the Festival

Notable mare set to transition to Barnane Stud's Broodmare band.

Former England cricket star Craig Kieswetter is gearing up for a thrilling finale at the Cheltenham Festival with his prized mare, Echoes In Rain. The talented mare, set to make her racecourse swansong next month, aims to conclude her illustrious career with a fairytale victory at Prestbury Park.

A pivotal member of the Barnane Stud, Kieswetter, alongside his brother Ross and stud manager Patrick Wynn-Jones, has witnessed Echoes In Rain emerge as the standout performer in their jumps string over the years.

Under the expert guidance of trainer Willie Mullins, she boasts an impressive record of nine wins from 30 career starts across various disciplines. Notably, her shining moments include clinching Grade One victories at the Punchestown Festival, both as a novice in 2021 and later against her female rivals two years on.

Despite her accomplishments, Echoes In Rain has faced challenges at the Cheltenham Festival. However, Kieswetter remains optimistic as she gears up for one final bid to conquer the Cotswolds before transitioning into her role within Barnane’s broodmare band.

Echoing his excitement, Kieswetter expressed,

“She’s set to grace Cheltenham for one last time before returning to Barnane Stud to embark on her new chapter as a broodmare. She’s a true warrior, always rising to the occasion when tested. Throughout her career, she has encountered formidable opponents like Honeysuckle and State Man, yet she has fought valiantly”.

Recalling their memorable moments, Kieswetter fondly shared,

“We’ve had incredible experiences with her. Despite the heartbreak of a narrow defeat at the Irish Cesarewitch, she has delivered immense joy. We eagerly anticipate her final performance before she transitions into a new role”.

Reflecting on Echoes In Rain’s upcoming appearance at the festival, Kieswetter highlighted the likelihood of her contesting the Mares’ Hurdle rather than challenging the formidable Constitution Hill in the Champion Hurdle. He remarked,

“We will discuss the options with Willie and his team to determine the best course of action. While the Mares’ Hurdle appears probable, we remain open to possibilities. Willie’s exceptional track record and expertise guide our decisions, and we trust his judgement wholeheartedly”.

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