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 16, 2021 and the official starting time is 3:40pm. 

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.

Cheltenham Day 1 Tips 2021 (Tuesday)

TimeTuesday RacesTips / 2021 ResultWatch Replay
13:20Supreme Novices' HurdleResult: Appreciate It 8/11F
13:55Arkle Challenge TrophyWON: Shishkin to win 4/9
14:30Ultima Handicap ChaseResult: Vintage Clouds 28/1
15:05Champion HurdleWON: Honeysuckle to win 11/10
WON: Sharjah (EW) 11/1
15:40Mares' HurdleResult: Black Tears 11/1
16:15Boodles Handicap HurdleResult: Jeff Kidder 80/1
16:50National Hunt ChaseWON: Galvin to win

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Mares’ Hurdle 2021 Betting Tips

Once the 2020/21 National Hunt racing season begins, we’ll have long-term ante-post tips for the 2021 Mares’ Hurdle. You can find our final Mares' Hurdle tips here.

Mares' Hurdle 2021 Runners & Best Odds

RunnerBest OddsPlace Bet
Winner: Black Tears11/1
2nd Place: Concertista10/11 F
3rd Place: Roksana3/1
4th Place: Indefatigable33/1
Dame De Compagnie7/1
Great White Shark16/1
Minella Melody28/1
My Sister Sarah50/1
E/W Terms1/5 Odds - 4 Places

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Mares Hurdle Key Facts

DateTuesday March 16, 2021
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
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

Who won the 2020 Mares' Hurdle?

Honeysuckle got the better of Benie Des Dieux in an titanic tussle for the Close Brothers Mares' Hurdle at Cheltenham. The Willie Mullins-trained Benie Des Dieux claimed the Grade One prize in 2018 and looked sure to follow up 12 months ago until suffering a crashing fall at the final flight.

When is the Cheltenham Mares' Hurdle 2021?

The 2021 Mares' Hurdle will take place on Tuesday March 16th 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 2021 Mares' Hurdle at Cheltenham?

The Mares' Hurdle is due off at 3.40pm on Tuesday March 16th 2021. It is the fifth race on the opening day of Day One at the Cheltenham Festival.

Who is the best Mares' Hurdle bet?

The Mares’ Hurdle is a Grade 1 hurdle run over 2m4f and restricted to mares. Nine of the last 12 runnings have been won by Irish champion trainer Willie Mullins, including the six in a row with star mare Quevega.