Mares' Hurdle Tips

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 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.

2021 Cheltenham Festival Day One Card

Cheltenham Day 1 Tips 2021 (Tuesday)

TimeTuesday RacesTips / 2020 ResultPlace Bet / Watch Replay
13:30Supreme Novices' HurdleWinner: Shiskin 6/1
14:10Arkle Challenge TrophyWinner: Put The Kettle On 16/1
14:50Ultima Handicap ChaseWinner: The Conditional 15/2
15:30Champion HurdleWinner: Epatante 2/1 Fav
16:10Mares' HurdleWinner: Honeysuckle 9/4
16:50Novices' Handicap ChaseWinner: Imperial Aura 4/1
17:30National Hunt ChaseWinner: Ravenhill 12/1

2021 Mares' Hurdle Odds

Best Odds
Top Bookie
Honeysuckle4/1William Hill
Benie Des Dieux5/1bet365
Concertista10/1William Hill
Dame De Compagnie12/1Unibet
Burning Victory16/1Unibet
Elfile25/1William Hill

2021 Mares Hurdle Betting, Best Bookmakers & Free Bets

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2020 Mares' Hurdle Result

Mares' Hurdle 2020 Runners & Best Odds

RunnerBest OddsPlace Bet
Winner: Honeysuckle9/4 2nd F
2nd Place: Benie Des Dieux4/7 F
3rd Place: Elfile16/1
4th Place: Roksana14/1
5th Place: Stormy Ireland12/1
Lady Buttons33/1
Cap Soleil150/1
Desaray Girl200/1
Non Runner No BetBest Odds Guaranteed
E/W Terms1/5 Odds - 3 PlacesSee all Runners

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
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 Champion Hurdle is due off at 4.10pm 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.

Who will win the Mares Hurdle?

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