2019 Mares Hurdle - Apple's Jade to get the better of fierce rival in Mares Hurdle showdown at Cheltenham

Apple's Jade and Benie Des Dieux square off again in the Mares Hurdle
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2019 Mares Hurdle Preview, Predictions & Betting Tips


Date: Tuesday March 12, 2019 
Track: Cheltenham 
Distance: 4,005m 
Status: Grade 1 
Prize Money: £110,000 
Age: 4YO+ Mares

It has been a great rivalry between Apple's Jade and Benie Des Dieux over the past few seasons and the two former champions will go head-to-head this March in the 2019 Mares Hurdle at Cheltenham.

A Day 1 Cheltenham Festival feature, the Mares Hurdle looks a race in two this year with the 2017 and 2018 champions squaring off in what could be one of the best races this festival.

Bookmakers also have Laurina and Verdana Blue well-favoured in the market but we firmly believe this will be a match race between Apple's Jade and Benie Des Dieux over the concluding stages.

2019 Mares Hurdle Best Bet - Apple's Jade @ 2.10


The seven-year-old trained by Gordon Elliott has yet to miss a placing from 19 starts and her incredible record shouldn't be tarnished in the Mares Hurdle. She has won 13 of those 19 starts and her recent form has been superb.

She has scored her last three wins by a combined margin of 57 lengths and she didn't give anything else a look in the Grade 1 Christmas Hurdle at Leopardstown on December 28. That was a terrific display of hurdling and we're not surprised to see Apple's Jade so short in betting.

Bookmakers had her as the 1.50 favourite when running third in this race last year but we'll forgive that run and go on her 2017 performance when she scored by 1.5 lengths over the talented Vroum Vroum Mag.

Apple's Jade
Apple's Jade jumping in style. (Getty Images)

2019 Mares Hurdle Best Each Way - Benie Des Dieux @ 4.00


Good each-way value with Benie Des Dieux despite having raced only once since winning the 2018 Mares Hurdle. Trained by master trainer Willie Mullins, the eight-year-old scored a win in the Grade 1 Champion Hurdle following her Cheltenham success but that came in April 2018.

Having such a long lay off isn't ideal coming into a feature race during the Cheltenham Festival but Mullins is no stranger to pulling off incredible feats and this mare still has enough ability to get the better of Apple's Jade late in the piece.

2019 Mares Hurdle Best Roughie - Limini @ 17.00


Limini represents value for place punters. The Mullins-trained mare scored a good win at Leopardstown five starts back but hasn't run well since. She has placed at her last two starts, with one coming 22 lengths behind Apple's Jade, but she could run top three.

Her jockey will likely sit off the pace and try work into the race late. That could be a good tactic and punters will get good place odds.

Best Bet: Apple's Jade @ 2.10
Best Each Way: Benie Des Dieux @ 4.00
Best Roughie: Limini @ 17.00
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Daryl Curnow 15 February 2019

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