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 

Held only for mares aged four and over, the Mares Hurdle is a feature race on Day 1 of the Cheltenham Festival

With a registered name of the David Nicholson Mares’ Hurdle, named in memory of the successful National Hunt trainer and jockey. He scored five wins as a jockey and 17 as a trainer during the festival. 

Some progressive mares have won the nine-hurdle contest since its inception into the carnival in 2008. 

Mares Hurdle Date & Time 2019

The Mares Hurdle is the fifth race run on Day 1 of the Cheltenham Festival. That falls on Tuesday March 12, 2019 and the official starting time is 4:10pm. 

The Day 1 card also includes the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, Arkle Chase and the Champion Hurdle 

2:10 – Arkle Chase 
2:50 – Ultima Handicap Chase 
3:30 – Champion Hurdle 
4:10 – Mares Hurdle 
4:50 – National Hunt Chase Cup 
5:30 – Close Brothers Novices Chase

Mares Hurdle 2019 Betting Tips

2019 Mares Hurdle odds

2017 champion Apple’s Jade heads the betting market for 2019, which features only 18 runners currently priced.

2018 champion Benie Des Dieux is also framed in the betting as the second elect with bookmakers. 

Below are the top 18 runners in the market. 

  • Apple’s Jade - 2.10 
  • Benie Des Dieux - 4.00 
  • Laurina – 5.00 
  • Verdana Blue – 7.00 
  • La Bague Au Roi – 13.00 
  • Stormy Ireland – 13.00 
  • Limini – 17.00 
  • Mia’s Storm – 17.00 
  • Cap Soleil – 34.00 
  • Momella – 34.00 
  • Sensulano – 34.00 
  • Midnight Tour – 41.00 
  • Irish Roe – 51.00 

2019 Mares Hurdle field

The field hasn’t been confirmed but we will post an updated 2019 Mares Hurdle field when it is released.

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.

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. 

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. 
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.

2018 Mares Hurdle replay

The 2018 Mares Hurdle was taken out by Benie Des Dieux for trainer Willie Mullins and jockey Ruby Walsh. 

See below for the 2018 Mares Hurdle replay.