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2020 Mares Novice Hurdle - Can Gypsy Island stay off a strong charge in mares feature?

The Mares Novice Hurdle is always a great race and there is a quality field lining up in 2020
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The Mares Novice Hurdle should be another headline race at Cheltenham. (Getty Images)

2020 Mares Novice Hurdle Betting Tips, Best Bookmakers & Free Bets

The Mares Novice Hurdle is always a fantastic race and we can’t wait to see the best in show.

Held during the Cheltenham Festival, the 2020 Mares Novice Hurdle will attract a quality field, especially if the ante-post market is anything to go by.

Bookmakers have framed an extremely tight market which currently has three mares sharing favouritism.

We look at the best 2020 Mares Hurdle Betting Tips for the March feature.

2020 Mares Novice Hurdle Odds

Gypsy Island9.00
Royal Illusion9.00
Minella Melody11.00
Gin On Lime11.00
The Glancing Queen15.00
Santa Rossa21.00
Estelle Ma Belle26.00
Odds courtesy of bet365

2020 Mares Novice Hurdle Best Bet – Gypsy Island @ 9.00

Form from Gypsy Island has been impressive to date and she’s the clear top pick in the even betting market.

The five-year-old has won four of her five career starts and although her only defeat came over hurdles, she’ll only improve with more experience.

The daughter of Jeremy has been scoring her wins in impressive fashion. She won by five lengths on May 1 and that followed an 11-length win at Fairyhouse.

Conditions are going to suit her nicely and given that she has started as the short-odds favourite in every start, the 9.00 on offer is clearly value.

2020 Mares Novice Hurdle Best Each Way – Minella Melody @ 11.00

Minella Melody was a winner at her only hurdle start and that’s going to stack up nicely in this race.

She scored by 2.75 lengths at Cork and that followed some solid form on the flat.

The Henry De Bromhead-trained mare won by 10 lengths on debut and backed that up with a 12-length win at Gowran Park.

She’s an Irish runner with plenty of upside and having winning form over the hurdles will hold her in good stead.

Punters are getting good odds for the five-year-old and we’d be surprised if she ran at double-figure odds come race day.

2020 Mares Novice Hurdle Best Roughie – The Glancing Queen @ 15.00

The Glancing Queen isn’t quite young and sweet anymore, but she could be a winner at Cheltenham.

She’s a five-year-old mare which has won two of her four career starts to date and she was able to beat Minella Melody last time out.

That’s going to be a good form guide for the Mares Novice Hurdle and she was able to score it by a margin of 2.25 lengths.

She was good enough to run fifth in the Champion Bumper in 2019 and that’s another good form guide for this.

15.00 is certainly worth taking. 

Mares Novice Hurdle FAQ

When is the 2020 Mares Novice Hurdle?

The 2020 Mares Novice Hurdle runs on March 12 2020. It's one of the feature races on the third and penultimate day of the Cheltenham Festival.

What time is the 2020 Mares Novice Hurdle?

The 2020 Mares Novice Hurdle is run at 4:50pm, which is one of the later races held during the festival.

What track is the Mares Novice Hurdle raced at?

Cheltenham hosts the Mares Novice Hurdle, which is a part of the Cheltenham Festival in March.

Who won the 2019 Mares Novice Hurdle?

Eglantine Du Seuil won the 2019 Mares Novice Hurdle at odds of 51.00. She defeated Concertista and Tingtangle.


Gypsy Island has the talent to win the Mares Novice Hurdle and she has been well backed in early betting markets.

Minella Melody shapes up well for this and The Glancing Queen has recorded a win over Minella Melody, so respect her chances as well.

Best Bet: Gypsy Island @9.00 at bet365 - 1 Unit
Best Each Way: Minella Melody @11.00 at bet365 - 1 Unit
Best Roughie: The Glancing Queen @15.00 at bet365 - 1 Unit

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