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Mares Novices Hurdle TipsWhen is the Mares Novices Hurdle 2023?

Cheltenham Thursday 16th March 4.50pm

Festival Mares Novices Hurdle (Grade 2) (4yo+)

Distance: 2 miles 1 Furlongs

Weights: 10st 8lbs (4yo), 11st 2lbs (5yo+)

Penalties: 5 lb for winners of Class 1 wfa hurdle, 3 lb for winners of Class 2 wfa, 3 lb for winners of Class 1 handicap hurdle

The penultimate race on day three is registered as the Dawn Run Mares Novice Hurdle but now that Tattersalls is the sponsor the official title is “National Hunt Breeders Supported By Tattersalls Mares Novices Hurdle”, this was inaugurated in 2016 and it is a novice hurdle open to fillies and mares aged four years old or over.

It is run on the new course over a distance of about two miles and one furlong with eight hurdles to be jumped, winners of this will likely compete in the Mares Hurdle in future years.

Mares Novices Hurdle Trends and Statistics

6 Year Trends and Statistics 

  • Age – 4 of the 6 winners were aged 5, 2 were 6.
  • Trainer – Willie Mullins has won all 5 of the 6 renewals.
  • Country – 4 of the 6 winners were bred in France, and 2 in Ireland.
  • Colour – 4 of the last 6 winners were bay.
  • Starting Price (SP) – 5 of the 6 winners returned a SP of 5/1 or less. The exception was 50/1.
  • Starting Price Rank – 3 of the 6 winners started as favourite and 4 were in the first 3 in the betting.
  • Headgear – None of the 6 winners wore any headgear
  • Days Since Last Run – 5 of the 6 winners had run between 31 and 60 days ago. 
  • Last Run Form –3 of the 6 winners had won last time out. The other 3 were third.

Who are the Mares Novices Hurdle Leading Contenders?

Willie Mullins has won all but one of these renewals and ALLEGORIE DE VASSY can see the Closutton maestro back in the winners’ enclosure.

Useful in France prior to joining this yard the No Risk At All mare is 2-2 over hurdles since joining the Mullins operation, equipped with a tongue-tie for the first time when scoring impressively at Fairyhouse on New Years’ Day and easily following up when tried in a Grade Three contest at the same venue where she had stablemate Brandy Love beaten by some three lengths.

The runner-up didn’t jump particularly well and hung noticeably to her left throughout so will be better suited going this way round; but she has a bit to do with the selection on the back of that performance and she might do well to reverse the form.

The winner and tip the race did the job nicely, always travelling well and jumping fluently; while she showed a good burst of speed between the final two obstacles to put the race to bed. She’s sure to improve further and every chance she can maintain her perfect record for the Mullins team.


PRINCESS ZOE – Group 1 winner on the flat in France, as yet unraced over hurdles.

SHEWEARSITWELL – Unbeaten over hurdles including a Grade 3 at Tipperary in October

ROSEYS HOLLOW – Progressive over hurdles landed a Grade 3 at Fairyhouse last time.

ROYAL KAHALA – Runner up to ROSEYS HOLLOW at Fairyhouse giving weight away.

What’s Our Mares Novices Hurdle Tips for 2022?

An interesting race to be sure.  PRINCESS ZOE is an enigma and if she can jump the obstacles will be a shoo in. SEWEARSITWELL is trained by the maestro Willie Mullins who a;so handles 10 more of the entries, which ever ones remain on raceday merit consideration. ROSEYS HOLLOW may not be as good off level weights which gives a squeak to ROYAL KAHALA.

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On the day we told our VIP Members HOOK UP 16:15 Cheltenham 7/1 each way – Now in its sixth year Willie Mullins has won all 5 renewals of this race. He has a strong hand again today and HOOK UP is marginally preferred. Of the non-Mullins contenders ROYAL KAHALA and ROSEYS HOLLOW have to be respected.

How did we do? Hook Up was held up and always towards rear, never on terms finishing in 12th place.

Here is what Keith wrote about the 2020 Mares Novices Hurdle.

With this race having only been around for the last four years, we do not yet have the in-depth statistics and trends that I like to study and uncover the hidden gems, as I can with the other races at the Festival.

The claims of Willie Mullins are hard to ignore having won all four renewals, and he is likely to saddle the ex-French LAMARCKISE, who has won on her only start in Ireland.

There is a stronger contender likely to be lining up in the race though, the Henry De Bromhead trained MINELLA MELODY, who is three from three over hurdles, including the Grade 3 Solerina at Fairyhouse in January. Leading narrowly before the last, she extended her advantage on the run up to the line in the capable hands of Rachael Blackmore.


My selection for the Mares Novices Hurdle 2020 is: MINELLA MELODY 3/1 (NRNB).

How did his selection do? MINELLA MELODY went form traveling well to being eased right down after being headed before the last in the Mares Novices Hurdle. 

Mares Novices Hurdle Results

Ryanair Mares Novices Hurdle (Grade 2) (Registered As The Dawn Run Mares Novices Hurdle) (GBB Race)
Distance: 2m1f (3699 yards) Prize (winner): £59084 Dir: Left Handed
Runners: 19    Going: Soft    Class: Class 1 Grade 2    Age Restrictions: 4yo+
Winners Time: 4 mins 8.26s   Avg OR: 87     Median OR: 120     Hurdles: 8

NoPlaceDist BtHorseAgeWeightORTrainerJockey (Claim)Odds
21stLove Envoi (IRE)611-7135Fry, HarryBurke, Jonathan15/2
travelled strongly, prominent early, chased leaders, steadied slightly towards outside 3rd, closed going well 2 out, led final bend, edged right flat, stayed on well BF IP MIN 1.01 BF IP MAX 18.5 Owner: Noel Fehily Racing Syndicates Love Env
82nd1.25Ahorsewithnoname711-2121Henderson, N JBoinville, Nico50/1
mid-division, towards rear and pushed along before 2 out, headway and switched left after final bend, went 2nd from last, not able to challenge winner, stayed on BF IP MIN 1.55 BF IP MAX 630 Owner: Mr D J Burke & Mr P Alderson
123rd1.5Grangee (FR)611-20Mullins, W PTownend, P13/2
held up in rear, headway when not clear run and switched right approaching last, ridden and went 3rd flat, stayed on BF IP MIN 2.02 BF IP MAX 1000 Owner: Syndicates Racing
194th1.75Nurse Susan (FR)511-2124Skelton, DanielSkelton, Harry14/1
held up towards rear, closed from 3rd, went 2nd before last briefly, dropped to 4th flat, no extra towards finish BF IP MIN 5.6 BF IP MAX 1000 Owner: Mr Colm Donlon
95th2.5Braganza711-20Mullins, W POKeeffe, Sean F125/1
not always fluent in rear, headway after 2 out, switched left before last, held but stayed on same pace flat BF IP MIN 18 BF IP MAX 1000 Owner: Mrs Sharon Noonan
16thNSEImpervious (IRE)611-7139Murphy, C AHayes, Brian22/1
prominent early, raced keenly, ridden after 2 out, held flat, stayed on same pace BF IP MIN 23 BF IP MAX 1000 Owner: Mr Paul McKeon
37th2Party Central (IRE)611-7141Elliott, GordonKennedy, J W11/2
chased leaders, not fluent 3 out, going well after 2 out, not much room final bend, weakened flat BF IP MIN 3.3 BF IP MAX 1000 Owner: Bective Stud
158th2.25Hors Piste (FR)511-20Mullins, W PCooper, Bryan J12/1
chased leaders, not fluent 1st, challenged 2 out, every chance final bend, fading before last BF IP MIN 6 BF IP MAX 1000 Owner: Mrs J Donnelly
119th5.5Dinoblue (FR)511-20Mullins, W PWalsh, M P11/8 (Fav)
prominent, led 2nd, soon headed, led again 2 out, headed final bend, weakened before last BF IP MIN 2.4 BF IP MAX 1000 Owner: Mr John P McManus
410th0.75Statuaire (FR)711-7139Mullins, W PMullins, D E28/1
towards rear, ridden after 2 out, never dangerous BF IP MIN 32 BF IP MAX 1000 Owner: M L Bloodstock Limited
1411thHDHidden Land (USA)511-2120Kinirons, ATwiston-Davies, Sam200/1
pulled hard early, held up towards rear, not fluent 1st, some headway before last, no impression BF IP MIN 500 BF IP MAX 1000 Owner: Mr P J Byrne
1612thNKMayhem Mya511-2117Honour, ChrisCarver, Bryan125/1
prominent, awkward 1st, ridden after 2 out, lost place before last BF IP MIN 55 BF IP MAX 1000 Owner: Mr G Thompson
1313th3.5Heia (FR)511-20Mullins, W PBlackmore, Rachael33/1
chased leaders, dropped to mid-division 3rd, ridden and no impression from final bend BF IP MIN 40 BF IP MAX 1000 Owner: Mr K Alexander
614thNSENina The Terrier (IRE)611-5130King, ABellamy, Tom50/1
held up in mid-division, mistake 3 out, well beaten from next BF IP MIN 80 BF IP MAX 490 Owner: Mr Charles Dingwall
715th2.5Tweed Skirt511-5119Henderson, N JBowen, James C100/1
held up in in touch in mid-division, mistake 4th, no impression after 2 out BF IP MIN 200 BF IP MAX 1000 Owner: Just Four Men With Rose Tinted Glasses
516th1.5Choice Of Words711-5132Brassil, MartinOKeeffe, Darragh33/1
led until not fluent 2nd, chased leaders, outpaced before 2 out, soon weakened BF IP MIN 30 BF IP MAX 1000 Owner: Mrs Bernardine Mulryan/mrs Paul Shanah
1717th1.25Mighty Blue (FR)611-20OBrien, Joseph PatrickSlevin, J J16/1
took keen hold, chased leaders, led after 2nd, not fluent 4th, weakened after 2 out BF IP MIN 15 BF IP MAX 1000 Owner: Capel Street Syndicate
1818th15Monishter Are Mwee (IRE)611-2123Hearne, JaynePower, I J150/1
held up towards rear, not much room before bad mistake 2nd, headway on outside approaching 2 out, ridden and weakened after 2 out BF IP MIN 110 BF IP MAX 460 Owner: John Bermingham/d Hearne
21PUThe Player Queen (IRE)611-2117Dobbin, Mrs RNichol, Craig150/1
chased leaders, lost place approaching 3rd, struggling before 3 out, soon behind, pulled up before last BF IP MIN 320 BF IP MAX 1000 Owner: Mr & Mrs Duncan Davidson

Non Runners
Say Goodbye (IRE) – 2022-03-17 16:27:02
Brandy Love (IRE) – 2022-03-17 10:27:02
Walk In Clover (IRE) – 2022-03-17 07:38:02

Parnell Properties Mares Novices Hurdle (Grade 2) (Registered As The Dawn Run Mares Novices Hurdle)
Distance: 2m1f (3699 yards) Prize (winner): £37982 Dir: Left Handed
Runners: 15    Going: Good To Soft    Class: Class 1 Grade 2    Age Restrictions: 4yo+
Winners Time: 4 mins 3.06s   Avg OR: 109     Median OR: 136

NoPlaceDist BtHorseAgeTrainerJockey (Claim)OddsBFBFP
141stTelmesomethinggirl (IRE)6Bromhead, Henry DeBlackmore, Rachael5/18.022.89
held up towards rear, smooth headway on heels of leaders before 2 out, pushed along in 2nd travelling well between last 2, led before last, quickened clear run-in, impressive BF IP MIN 1.01 BF IP MAX 8.2
82nd5.5Magic Daze (IRE)5Bromhead, Henry DePower, R M22/128.007.20
pulled hard, tracked leader until led before 2nd, headed before last, stayed on same pace run-in, no chance with winner BF IP MIN 4 BF IP MAX 1000
103rd2.25Mighty Blue (FR)5OBrien, Joseph PatrickSlevin, J J12/120.894.62
held up towards rear, closer out wide chasing leaders before 2 out, 3rd and one pace last BF IP MIN 2.66 BF IP MAX 1000
34th1.5Skyace (IRE)6Hanlon, John JosephMcGarvey, J S28/136.9310.75
mid-division, headway chasing leaders before 2 out, 4th and one pace run-in BF IP MIN 7.4 BF IP MAX 1000
155th2.25The Glancing Queen (IRE)7King, ACannon, Tom J9/112.334.28
mid-division, headway chasing leaders when hampered and lost place 2 out, rallied on long run before last, plugged on in 5th run-in BF IP MIN 9.6 BF IP MAX 1000
66th1Glens Of Antrim (IRE)6Mullins, W PONeill, Jonjo (Jr)8/110.263.59
led until before 2nd, chased leader until between last 2, chased leaders, lost modest 3rd last, weakened run-in BF IP MIN 5 BF IP MAX 1000
27th0.75Roseys Hollow (IRE)7Sweeney, JonathanWalsh, M P15/29.502.98
tracked leaders on inside, slightly outpaced 3 out, rallied before next, ridden and unable to quicken between last 2, weakening when dived at last BF IP MIN 4.4 BF IP MAX 500
98th1.25Martello Sky5Wadham, Mrs LFrost, Bryony33/146.7812.50
chased leaders until stumbled badly and lost place 2nd, soon in mid-division, towards rear and struggling 3 out, never on terms after BF IP MIN 40 BF IP MAX 1000
139th2.25Royal Kahala (IRE)6Fahey, PeterSexton, K C9/2 (Fav)6.202.53
always towards rear, never on terms BF IP MIN 6 BF IP MAX 1000
1210th5.5Pont Aval (FR)8Mullins, W PHayes, Brian50/157.8514.23
held up towards rear, headway chasing leaders 4 out, pushed along and weakened before home turn BF IP MIN 19 BF IP MAX 1000
111thSHGauloise (FR)5Mullins, W PTownend, P8/112.004.03
chased leaders on inside, weakened between last 2 BF IP MIN 9.8 BF IP MAX 1000
712th4Hook Up (FR)5Mullins, W PMullins, D E13/27.003.05
held up and always towards rear, never on terms BF IP MIN 6 BF IP MAX 1000
513th15Allavina (IRE)6Murphy, OllyColeman, A40/165.0016.50
soon lost place and in last pair, never a factor, tailed off, mistake last BF IP MIN 60 BF IP MAX 1000
11PUPerfect Myth7King, N BSkelton, Harry28/140.089.25
chased leaders, every chance 3 out, bad mistake 2 out, weakened quickly soon after, tailed off and pulled up before last BF IP MIN 16.5 BF IP MAX 1000
4PUWill Victory (FR)5Mann, C JSheehan, Gavin150/1300.0060.91
always behind, tailed off and pulled up before last BF IP MIN 240 BF IP MAX 1000

Daylesford Mares Novices Hurdle (Grade 2) (Registered As The Dawn Run)
Distance: 2m1f (3699 yards) Prize (winner): £50643 Dir: Left Handed
Runners: 22    Going: Soft    Class: Class 1 Grade 2    Age Restrictions: 4yo+
Winners Time: 4 mins 9.02s   Avg OR: 114     Median OR: 132.5 

NoPlaceDist BtHorseAgeORTrainerJockey (Claim)OddsBFBFP
61stConcertista (FR)6141Mullins, W PJacob, Daryl9/26.412.40
held up in mid-division, headway home bend, led before last, drew clear flat, impressive BF IP MIN 1.01 BF IP MAX 13
72nd12Dolcita (FR)5133Mullins, W PPower, R M9/111.504.00
held up in mid-division, not fluent 2nd, headway 2 out, soon switched right, upsides winner off home bend, 2 1/2 lengths down when mistake last, well held flat BF IP MIN 2.1 BF IP MAX 1000
133rd2.75Raynas World (IRE)5122Kirby, P ADowson, Thomas100/1658.5765.00
towards rear, pushed along after 4th, ridden after 3 out, headway approaching last, stayed on well flat, went 3rd towards finish, no chance with winner BF IP MIN 520 BF IP MAX 1000
194th2Yukon Lil60Mullins, W PMullins, D E20/121.386.49
held up towards rear, headway on outside after 2 out, switched right before last and unable to quicken, kept on flat BF IP MIN 5.2 BF IP MAX 1000
55thNKColreevy (IRE)7135Mullins, W PTownend, P4/15.502.25
led until just after 2nd, prominent, led before last, soon headed, no extra towards finish BF IP MIN 4.9 BF IP MAX 1000
186thNSEWhitehotchillifili (IRE)6131Fry, HarryBurke, Jonathan25/165.0012.28
mid-division, headway on outside 2 out, edged right flat, stayed on same pace BF IP MIN 5 BF IP MAX 1000
27th1.25Emmas Joy (IRE)7135Skelton, DanielSkelton, Harry20/127.326.17
mid-division on outside, outpaced after 3 out, towards rear 2 out, rallied last, edged left and kept on flat BF IP MIN 26 BF IP MAX 1000
178th1Vienna Court (IRE)5131Twiston-Davies, N ATwiston-Davies, Sam50/175.0015.50
held up towards rear, ridden and headway before last, no impression BF IP MIN 55 BF IP MAX 300
39th3.25Floressa (FR)5141Henderson, N JBoinville, Nico8/113.844.41
chased leaders on inside, not much room and lost place after 2 out, well beaten after BF IP MIN 11 BF IP MAX 950
1210th12Mount Ida (IRE)6137Elliott, GordonWalsh, M P25/134.777.60
chased leaders, ridden after 2 out, weakened before last BF IP MIN 24 BF IP MAX 1000
1111th2.5La Feline (FR)5119Nolan, PaulCooper, Bryan J100/1322.8141.76
held up in rear, pushed along after 3 out, some headway home bend, no impression, weakened BF IP MIN 250 BF IP MAX 1000
812thHDFort Worth Texas (IRE)6127Bowe, ColinONeill, Mr B100/1242.9725.74
chasing leaders 2nd, weakened from 2 out BF IP MIN 28 BF IP MAX 1000
1613thNSETimetochill (IRE)7134Morgan, Miss KellyWedge, Adam66/1140.6822.38
chasing leaders when not fluent 2nd, led home bend, headed before last, weakened BF IP MIN 11 BF IP MAX 1000
114th1.75Ard Abhainn (IRE)6137Elliott, GordonRussell, D N11/113.794.10
mid-division, pushed along briefly after 3 out, headway home bend, hanging left and beaten when mistake last, weakened flat BF IP MIN 8 BF IP MAX 1000
1015thNKGetaway Totherock (IRE)7136Ralph, AlastairTreadwell, Liam50/1119.2220.00
towards rear, not fluent and struggling 5th, well beaten before 2 out BF IP MIN 75 BF IP MAX 1000
1516thHDRosie And Millie (IRE)7132Scudamore, M JPowell, Brendan50/1184.3026.44
chased leaders, ridden after 2 out, weakened before last BF IP MIN 34 BF IP MAX 1000
1417th1.5Rhythm Divine (IRE)6123Gibney, ThomasOKeeffe, Darragh100/1280.0035.65
prominent, losing place gradually from 4th, well beaten after 3 out BF IP MIN 200 BF IP MAX 1000
418th8.5Minella Melody (IRE)6143Bromhead, Henry DeBlackmore, Rachael11/4 (Fav)4.201.94
prominent, took keen hold, led just after 2nd, headed home bend, soon weakened, eased BF IP MIN 2.94 BF IP MAX 1000
919th2Full Of Surprises (FR)50Mulholland, N PGeraghty, B J40/1195.9630.00
in rear, not fluent 1st, slow 3rd, well beaten after 3 out BF IP MIN 80 BF IP MAX 1000
2020th1Midnights Gift4133King, ACannon, Tom J80/1137.0423.00
mid-division, not fluent 2 out, soon weakened BF IP MIN 100 BF IP MAX 1000
21PUAnna Bunina (FR)40McConnell, John CMcInerney, Donal J100/1306.5539.05
prominent, not fluent 2nd, lost place before 2 out, soon behind, pulled up before last BF IP MIN 80 BF IP MAX 1000
22PURed Archangel (IRE)4117Spencer, RichardBellamy, Tom150/11000.00389.85
always in rear, well behind 2 out, pulled up before last BF IP MIN 1000 BF IP MAX 1000

Mares Novices Hurdle Previous Winners

New Race in 2016

DateGoingRunnersWinnerStallionAgeJockey (Clm)TrainerOddsWeightORDays
Good To Soft1565/111-213639d
Good To Soft22550/111-20180d


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Race Schedule

13:30The Marsh Novices’ Chase (Grade 1)2m abt 4fChase
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14:50The Ryanair Chase (Grade 1)
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16:10The Craft Irish Whiskey Co Plate (A Handicap Steeple Chase) (Grade 3)2m abt 5fChase
16:50The Daylesford Mares Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 2)2m 1fHurdle
17:30The Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Steeple Chase (0-145)3m abt 2fChase

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