Mares Hurdle Tips & Picks

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.

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Mares Hurdle Key Facts

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

 Mares Hurdle Date & Time 2020

The Mares Hurdle is the fifth race run on Day 1 of the Cheltenham Festival. That falls on Tuesday March 11, 2020 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 2020 Betting Tips

2020 Mares Hurdle 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

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.