2024 Mares' Hurdle Tips

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The Mares' Hurdle is the fifth race run on Day 1 of the Cheltenham Festival. That falls on Tuesday March 12, 2024 and the official starting time is 4:10pm. 

The Mares' Hurdle is the last of the four Grade One races on the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival, and has been won by many great mares during it's short history.

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Mares’ Hurdle 2024 Betting Tips

You can find our final Mares' Hurdle tips here once available.

Mares Hurdle Key Facts

DateTuesday March 12, 2024
Distance2m 4f
StatusGrade 1
Prize Money£110,000
Age4YO+ Mares

Mares Hurdle Winners

It’s fair to say one horse has dominated throughout the history of the Mares Hurdle. Quevega scored six consecutive wins and since then, it has gained popularity and been taken out by the likes of Vroum Vroum Mag and Apple’s Jade.

Mares' Hurdle Winners
2022Marie's Rock
2021Black Tears
2018Benie Des Dieux
2017Apple's Jade
2016Vroum Vroum Mag
2015Glens Melody

Mares Hurdle History

The first Mares Hurdle was run in 2008 when taken out by Whiteoak, which was trained by Donald McCain, Jr and ridden by Jason Maguire. 

It was given Grade 1 status in 2015 and it was originally run on the New Course, but has since run on the Old Course since 2009.

The Mares Hurdle didn’t become a Cheltenham Festival classic straight out of the gate, that was until Quevega scored six consecutive wins and put the race on the map. 

Quevega was a French-bred champion that was trained by Willie Mullins and ridden by Ruby Walsh in all six wins. Her most recent win came in 2014 as a 10-year-old, making her feat even more incredible. 

The winning streak of Mullins didn’t stop at six, as he trained Glens Melody and Vroum Vroum Mag to win eight in a row. He returned a winner in 2018 with Benie Des Dieux. 

Having fallen at the final flight and allowed Roksana to claim victory, Benie Des Dieux was the strong favourite to regain her Mares' Hurdle crown in 2020.

Sadly, for Willie Mullins, Benie Des Dieux market rival, Honeysuckle slipped through on the inside rounding the final bend and stayed on to extend her unbeaten career record.

Mares' Hurdle FAQs

When is the Cheltenham Mares' Hurdle 2024?

The Mares' Hurdle will take place on Tuesday March 12th as part of Day One at the Cheltenham Festival. It is a relatively new addition to the Festival meeting, having first been staged in 2008.

What time is the 2024 Mares' Hurdle at Cheltenham?

The Mares' Hurdle is due off at 4.10pm on Tuesday March 12th. It is the fifth race on the opening day of Day One at the Cheltenham Festival.