2020 Mares Hurdle - Apple's Jade to get the better of fierce rival in Mares Hurdle showdown at Cheltenham

Benie Des Dieux squares off again in the Mares Hurdle
Mares Hurdle Cheltenham
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2020 Mares Hurdle Preview, Predictions & Betting Tips

DateTuesday March 11, 2020
StatusGrade 1
Prize Money£110,000
Age4YO+ 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 result

2ndStormy Ireland8.00
3rdGood Thyne Tara26.00

2020 Mares Hurdle betting odds & field

2Benie Des Dieux1.83
3Cap Soleil26.00
4Champayne Lady51.00
6Good Thyme Tara29.00
7Jester Jet21.00
8Lackaneen Leader53.00
9Lady Buttons11.00
11Mia's Storm23.00
15Stormy Ireland9.50

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

2020 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.

2020 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 Each Way: Benie Des Dieux - 4.00 @ bet365
Best Roughie: Limini - 17.00 @ bet365

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