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Mares Hurdle TipsWhen is the Mares Hurdle 2023?

Cheltenham Tuesday 14th March 4.10pm Mares Hurdle (Grade 1) (4yo+)

Distance: 2 miles 4 furlongs

Weights – 10st 10lb (4yo), 11st 5lb (5yo +)

The fifth race on day one is the Mares Hurdle, first run in 2008.

Known as the David Nicholson Mares’ Hurdle until 2011 and the OLBG Mares Hurdle from 2011 – 2019.

It is run on the old course at Cheltenham over a distance of about two miles and four furlongs and during the running they clear nine hurdles.

It is a race where short priced horses generally do well and has been dominated by Willie Mullins over the last eleven years he has won nine of the last eleven renewals, six of them with the magnificent Quevega.

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Mares Hurdle Records

Fastest Win: Quevega 2010 ridden by Ruby Walsh trained by Willie Mullins finished in 285.4s – 4 minutes 45.4 seconds

Leading jockey since 1946 (8 wins):

Ruby Walsh – Quevega (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014), Vroum Vroum Mag (2016), Benie Des Dieux (2018)

Leading trainer since 1946 (9 wins):

Willie Mullins – Quevega (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014), Glens Melody (2015), Vroum Vroum Mag (2016), Benie Des Dieux (2018)

Successful Horse since 1946 (6 wins):

Quevega – 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

Source: Wikipedia

Mares Hurdle Trends and Statistics

12 Year Trends and Statistics 

  • Age – 9 of the last 12 winners were aged between 5 and 7.
  • Sex – Restricted to mares and fillies.
  • Trainer – Willie Mullins has dominated this race in the last 12 years with 8 wins.
  • Horse – The wonderful Quevega won 6 times between 2009 and 2014. No other horse has recorded more than 1 win in the last 12 years. 
  • Country – 8 of the last 12 winners were bred in France, 2 in Ireland and 2 in Great Britain.
  • Colour – All of the last 12 winners were bay.
  • Starting Price (SP) – 8 of the last 12 winners returned a SP of 7/1 or less. 
  • Starting Price Rank – 7 of the last 12 winners started as favourite and all were in the first 4 in the betting.
  • Headgear – 11 of the last 12 winners didnt wear any headgear.
  • Days Since Last Run – 7 of the last 12 winners had run between 11 and 60 days ago. The other 5 had been off the track for at least 301 days.
  • Last Run Form –9 of the last 12 winners had won last time out, all of them finished in the first 3 last time.
  • Official Rating10 of the last 12 winners had an official rating of at least 150.

Who are the Mares Hurdle Leading Contenders?

Winner of the Dawn Run Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle at the Festival twelve months ago TELMESOMETHINGGIRL can make it back-to-back Festival victories in the last of the day one feature races.

Having ran out an easy winner twelve months ago she didn’t see out three miles at Punchestown on her next start and shaped as if needing the run back there on her reappearance in November although her latest outing at Leopardstown over Christmas was much more like it.

Only third there behind Royal Kahala who is likely to reoppose, she was giving the winner 5lbs and was only beaten just over one length having been short of room at the last obstacle. She ran on well however and was closing at the line so there’s hope that she can overturn the form now that she would be meeting her last time conqueror off level weights in this contest.


Here's what Keith said ahead of the Mares Hurdle:

CONCERTISTA – Unbeaten since winning the Mares Novices Hurdle at last year's festival.

HONEYSUCKLE – 9 from 9 over hurdles including this race last year.

BENIE DES DIEUX – Won this in 2018, fell in 2019 and finished a half length second last year.

ROKSANA – 2019 winner who could only manage fourth last year.

What are Our Mares Hurdle Tips?

We will update this box with our tips for the Mares Hurdle when they are finalised

With BENIE DES DIEUX now 10 years old and ROKSANA looking like she needs further these days the pair to concestrate on are HONEYSUCKLE and CONCERTISTA, given Willie Mullins excelent record in the race at this stage it is CONCTERISTA for me.

On the day, here's what Keith tipped to our members:

CONCERTISTA 15:40 Cheltenham 11/8 – Ran away with the Dawn Run at last years festival and the evidence of her two runs before Christmas suggests that this race is here for the taking.

How did he do?

CONCERTISTA – held up in mid-division, headway after 7th, mistake and went 2nd 2 out, led before not fluent last, driven flat, headed last strides but couldn't do enough and finished 2nd place.

FRT Tipster Keith’s wrote this for the 2020 Mares Hurdle

This race has one outstanding runner and several that may make the places behind her so it may come as no surprise to you that my selection for the Mares Hurdle is BENIE DES DIEUX who, apart from that fall at the last flight in last year’s race when she was well in command, has a pretty impressive record over hurdles. 

She hacked up at Gowran Park by 22 lengths over 3m in January and never even broke sweat and was eased on the run in. That run made her a short priced favourite for this race but she could instead turn up in the Stayers Hurdle and give Paisley Park a run for the money so if you are dabbling in the ante post market make sure you get non runner no bet. 

How did he do? BENIE DES DIEUX stayed on strongly in the Mares Hurdle but had to settle for second best behind HONEYSUCKLE.


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Mares Hurdle Results

Close Brothers Mares Hurdle (Registered As The David Nicholson Mares Hurdle) (Grade 1) (GBB Race)
Distance: 2m4f (4380 yards) Prize (winner): £67524 Dir: Left Handed
Runners: 12    Going: Good To Soft    Class: Class 1 Grade 1    Age Restrictions: 4yo+
Winners Time: 4 mins 45.40s   Avg OR: 143     Median OR: 144.5     Hurdles: 10

NoPlaceDist BtHorseAgeWeightORTrainerJockey (Claim)Odds
51stMaries Rock (IRE)711-5140Henderson, N JBoinville, Nico18/1
raced keenly, mid-division on inside, headway 2 out, switched right before last, soon went 2nd, carried right and led flat, stayed on well, well in command towards finish BF IP MIN 1.01 BF IP MAX 34 Owner: Middleham Park Racing XLII
92nd1.75Queens Brook (IRE)711-5142Elliott, GordonKennedy, J W4/1
chased leaders, led 2 out, hung right after last, soon headed, kept on, no impression on winner towards finish BF IP MIN 1.84 BF IP MAX 950 Owner: Bective Stud
73rd1.75Mrs Milner (IRE)711-5144Nolan, PaulCooper, Bryan J14/1
held up towards rear, headway when badly hampered and lost momentum 2 out, soon edged left and bumped rival, rallied approaching last, switched left flat, ran on well, went 3rd inside final 75 yards BF IP MIN 3 BF IP MAX 1000 Owner: SoftCo
104th1.25Stormy Ireland (FR)811-5150Mullins, W PTownend, P7/2 (Fav)
led, headed after 3rd, stayed handy, chasing leaders 2 out, still pressing leaders flat, no impression and lost 3rd inside final 75 yards BF IP MIN 3 BF IP MAX 1000 Owner: FB Racing Club
25th1.75Echoes In Rain (FR)611-5150Mullins, W PMullins, Mr P W7/1
held up in rear, raced keenly, some headway when not fluent and slightly hampered 2 out, lost place and soon bumped, switched right before last and closed, unable to make any impression, kept on BF IP MIN 4.5 BF IP MAX 1000 Owner: Barnane Stud
36th1.5Heaven Help Us (IRE)811-5147Hennessy, PaulMullins, D E22/1
prominent, not fluent 3rd, led 3 out, headed 2 out, mistake last, weakened inside final 100 yards BF IP MIN 18 BF IP MAX 1000 Owner: Mr J Turner
67th1.25Martello Sky611-5143Wadham, Mrs LFrost, Bryony16/1
mid-division on outside, headway 5th, not fluent next, every chance when mistake 3 out, fading into 7th last, no extra BF IP MIN 20 BF IP MAX 1000 Owner: The Sky Partnership
88thNKNada To Prada711-5126Scudamore, M JPatrick, Richard300/1
towards rear, last after 4th, outpaced 6th, slightly hampered 2 out, kept on final 150 yards, never involved BF IP MIN 380 BF IP MAX 1000 Owner: Mrs Lynne MacLennan
19th17Burning Victory (FR)611-5145Mullins, W POKeeffe, Sean F6/1
chased leaders, lost place after 6th, outpaced when hampered 2 out, well beaten after BF IP MIN 7.4 BF IP MAX 1000 Owner: Mrs Audrey Turley
1210th2.75Western Victory (IRE)911-5137Lavelle, Miss E CBellamy, Tom200/1
raced freely, prominent, led after 3rd, headed 3 out, weakened quickly BF IP MIN 160 BF IP MAX 1000 Owner: Swanbridge Bloodstock Limited
11BDTelmesomethinggirl (IRE)711-5145Bromhead, Henry DeBlackmore, Rachael4/1
held up in rear, headway on outside 3 out, tracking leaders going ok when brought down 2 out BF IP MIN 3.5 BF IP MAX 1000 Owner: Mr K Alexander
4FIndefatigable (IRE)911-5146Webber, P RDingle, Rex40/1
mid-division, headway on outside 6th, challenging going ok when fell 2 out BF IP MIN 32 BF IP MAX 1000 Owner: Mr Philip Rocher

Close Brothers Mares Hurdle (Registered As The David Nicholson Mares Hurdle) (Grade 1) (GBB Race)
Distance: 2m4f (4380 yards) Prize (winner): £50643 Dir: Left Handed
Runners: 10    Going: Soft    Class: Class 1 Grade 1    Age Restrictions: 4yo+
Winners Time: 4 mins 56.51s   Avg OR: 146     Median OR: 147.5

NoPlaceDist BtHorseAgeWeightHeadgearORTrainerJockey (Claim)OddsBFBFP
11stBlack Tears711-5CkPc148Foster, Mrs DeniseKennedy, J W11/1
held up towards rear, headway 3 out, not much room and switched left after 2 out, reached at last and went 2nd, driven and stayed on well flat, led last strides
22ndHDConcertista (FR)711-5153Mullins, W PTownend, P10/11 (Fav)
held up in mid-division, headway after 7th, mistake and went 2nd 2 out, led before not fluent last, driven flat, headed last strides
103rd2.75Roksana (IRE)911-5153Skelton, DanielSkelton, Harry3/1
chased leaders, not fluent 4th or 6th, went 2nd 7th, led before 3 out, ridden and headed approaching last, 3rd and unable to quicken flat, kept on
74th1.75Indefatigable (IRE)811-5WS149Webber, P RDingle, Rex33/1
chased leaders, slow 7th, improved to hold every chance 2 out, 4th and held last, kept on
95th7My Sister Sarah (IRE)711-5CkPc WS144Mullins, W PCooper, Bryan J40/1
held up in rear, not fluent 4th, stumbled slightly after 7th, closed on outside after 3 out, 5th and not pace of leaders when switched left before last, well held flat
56th3.25Floressa (FR)611-5143Henderson, N JBoinville, Nico33/1
led until 1st, led next, headed before 5th, lost 2nd 7th, losing place when short of room after 2 out, well beaten after
87th6.5Minella Melody (IRE)711-5143Bromhead, Henry DeBlackmore, Rachael12/1
held up towards rear, headway approaching 3 out, outpaced after next, soon weakened
68th0.5Great White Shark (FR)711-5147Mullins, W PMullins, D E20/1
raced keenly, led 1st, headed next, with leader, led before 5th, hit next, headed approaching 3 out, weakened after next
39th7Dame De Compagnie (FR)811-5Hood148Henderson, N JColeman, A12/1
held up in mid-division on inside, not fluent 3rd, outpaced 3 out, well beaten from 2 out
1110th5.5Whitehotchillifili (IRE)711-5136Fry, HarryBowen, Sean P200/1
held up in rear, not fluent 1st, outpaced after 7th, jumped left and behind 3 out

Non Runners  Dolcita (FR)

Close Brothers Mares Hurdle (Grade 1) (Registered As The David Nicholson Mares Hurdle)
Distance: 2m4f (4380 yards) Prize (winner): £67524 Dirrection: Left Handed
Runners: 9    Going: Soft    Class: Class 1 Grade 1    Age Restrictions: 4yo+
Winners Time: 5 mins 8.73s   Avg OR: 147     Median OR: 151  

NoPlaceDist BtHorseAgeORTrainerJockey (Claim)OddsBFBFP
61stHoneysuckle6158Bromhead, Henry DeBlackmore, Rachael9/43.601.44
always prominent, shaken up to lead on inside turning in, soon ridden, big jump last, stayed under pressure flat, held on gamely BF IP MIN 1.01 BF IP MAX 9.2
12nd0.5Benie Des Dieux (FR)9162Mullins, W PTownend, P4/6 (Fav)1.711.25
tracked leaders, switched outside 2 out, soon poised to challenge, every chance last, ridden and kept on under pressure flat, always just held BF IP MIN 1.2 BF IP MAX 1000
53rd6.5Elfile (FR)6151Mullins, W PMullins, D E16/130.892.90
led to 2nd, remained prominent, driven and lost place after 2 out, soon outpaced, went 3rd before last, kept on, no chance with front pair BF IP MIN 12 BF IP MAX 1000
94th4.75Roksana (IRE)8152Skelton, DanielSkelton, Harry12/144.002.76
held up mid-division, tracked leaders before 2 out, outpaced turning in, soon ridden, kept on same pace in 4th from last, never on terms BF IP MIN 27 BF IP MAX 1000
105th9.5Stormy Ireland (FR)6153Mullins, W PPower, R M7/114.502.20
led 2nd, joined before 5th, driven and headed turning in, no impression when lost place before last, weakened flat BF IP MIN 7.2 BF IP MAX 1000
26thNKCap Soleil (FR)7130OBrien, FergalBrennan, P J66/1410.0016.00
held up in last pair, outpaced before 2 out, never able to challenge, weakened before last BF IP MIN 400 BF IP MAX 1000
77th8.5Lady Buttons10150Kirby, P ADowson, Thomas20/1113.234.30
tracked leaders, driven after 3 out, lost place when ridden after next, weakened before last BF IP MIN 55 BF IP MAX 1000
88th5Popong (IRE)6134Bromhead, Henry DeColeman, A66/1296.5216.50
held up mid-division, lost place approaching 2 out, soon behind, weakened before last BF IP MIN 190 BF IP MAX 1000
49th43Desaray Girl (FR)5133Kirby, P ATwiston-Davies, Sam100/11000.0044.24
went left 1st, held up in last pair, driven before 3 out, lost touch before next, tailed off BF IP MIN 980 BF IP MAX 1000

Non Runners  Crossgalesfamegame (IRE)

OLBG Mares Hurdle (Grade 1) (Registered As The David Nicholson Mares Hurdle)
Distance: 2m4f (4380 yards) Prize (winner): £70563 Dir: Left Handed
Runners: 14    Going: Soft    Class: Class 1 Grade 1    Age Restrictions: 4yo+
Winners Time: 5 mins 0.26s   Avg OR: 142     Median OR: 142 

Non Runners  Mias Storm (IRE)

NoPlaceDist BtHorseAgeORTrainerJockey (Claim)OddsBFBFP
131stRoksana (IRE)7142Skelton, DanielSkelton, Harry10/112.92.62
in touch, close up on outside 2 out, chased leader turning in, soon ridden, 3 lengths down and looked held when left in lead last, flashed tail and hung right across track flat, wandered towards finish, kept on BF IP MIN 1.01 BF IP MAX 36
152nd2.25Stormy Ireland (FR)5148Mullins, W PTownend, P7/18.83.05
led, headed 2 out, outpaced in 4th turning in, left 3rd at last, ridden and stayed on to chase winner flat, held towards finish BF IP MIN 2.08 BF IP MAX 1000
63rd2Good Thyne Tara9150Mullins, W PBlackmore, Rachael25/1408
tracked leader, effort after 2 out, soon ridden, one pace in 3rd when left 2nd and hampered last, kept on same pace, no impression with front pair flat BF IP MIN 7 BF IP MAX 890
94th12Lady Buttons9145Kirby, P ADowson, Thomas12/117.53.43
held up towards rear, not fluent 4 out, headway under pressure after next, ridden after 2 out, well held when left 4th at last, never pace to trouble leaders BF IP MIN 15 BF IP MAX 1000
145th2.5Slowmotion (FR)7140OBrien, Joseph PatrickGeraghty, B J50/182.9612.89
tracked leaders, driven after 4 out, ridden and lost place before next, behind 2 out, stayed on past beaten horses before last, never a threat BF IP MIN 55 BF IP MAX 1000
56th2.75Elimay (FR)5139Mullins, W PWalsh, M P16/1225.1
mid-division on inside, outpaced before 2 out, soon ridden and beaten BF IP MIN 13 BF IP MAX 1000
37thHDCap Soleil (FR)6134OBrien, FergalBrennan, P J20/129.915.29
held up in rear, outpaced before 2 out, never involved BF IP MIN 26 BF IP MAX 1000
78th3.5Jester Jet9146Lacey, TDunne, R T25/135.356.23
tracked leaders, ridden after 2 out, weakened between last 2 BF IP MIN 20 BF IP MAX 1000
129th8Momella (IRE)7142Fry, HarryFehily, Noel20/1346.6
held up mid-division, headway and in touch 6th, outpaced before 3 out, never on terms, weakened after next BF IP MIN 21 BF IP MAX 1000
110th13Alletrix (IRE)6137Harrington, Mrs JohnPower, R M50/114017.7
held up, always behind, weakened 2 out BF IP MIN 80 BF IP MAX 1000
2FBenie Des Dieux (FR)8151Mullins, W PWalsh, R10/11 (Fav)2.081.47
tracked leaders, led going well 2 out, 3 lengths clear and looked in command when fell last BF IP MIN 1.03 BF IP MAX 1000
4FChampayne Lady (IRE)7129Fleming, AMeyler, D100/1288.4924.26
held up towards rear, fell 4th BF IP MIN 170 BF IP MAX 1000
8PULackaneen Leader (IRE)7138Elliott, GordonRussell, D N50/110015.81
mid-division, outpaced 2 out, soon ridden and weakened, behind when pulled up before last BF IP MIN 55 BF IP MAX 1000
10PULimini (IRE)8150Mullins, W PMullins, David9/112.52.96
mistake 1st, held up, always behind, weakened 2 out, pulled up before last BF IP MIN 11 BF IP MAX 1000
Non Runners – Mias Storm (IRE)


Mares Hurdle Previous Winners

DateGoingRunnersWinnerStallionAgeJockey (Clm)TrainerOddsWeightORDays
Good To Soft12718/111-514031d
Good To Soft1757/211-515320d
Good To Soft1974/611-515452d
Good To Soft1576/111-515031d
Good To Soft16108/1111-5167320d
Good To Soft2152/111-315520d
Good To Soft13520/111-012927d

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Race Schedule

13:30The Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle Race2m abt ½fHurdle
14:10The Sporting Life Arkle Challenge Trophy Steeple Chaseabt 2mChase
14:50The Ultima Handicap Steeple Chase3m abt 1fChase
15:30The Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy
(feature race)
2m abt ½fHurdle
16:10The Close Brothers Mares’ Hurdle Race2m abt 4fHurdle
16:50The Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle Race (Grade 3)2m abt 4½fChase
17:30The National Hunt Steeple Chase Challenge Cup (Amateur Riders’ Novices’ Steeple Chase) (Grade 2)3m abt 6fChase


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