Mares’ Hurdle Preview: Tips, Betting Offers and Odds, Cheltenham, 4.10, 12th March 2019
The David Nicholson Mares’ Hurdle is yet another Grade 1 race on the first day of the Cheltenham Festival. Open to mares aged four or older, the Mares’ Hurdle is run over two miles, four furlongs and has nine hurdles along the way.
In the 10 previous renewals of this race, Willie Mullins has trained all but two of the winners (Quevega accounts for six of those wins) but it’s the 2017 champion, Apple’s Jade for Gordon Elliott, who is at the head of the market.
Mares’ Hurdle Betting Tips 2019
Odds correct at the time of writing and are subject to change.
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2019 Mares’ Hurdle Betting Offers
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Mares’ Hurdle Tips and 2019 Race Preview
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Mares’ Hurdle Previous Winners
- 2018 – Benie Des Dieux – jockey Ruby Walsh, trainer Willie Mullins
- 2017 – Apple’s Jade – jockey Bryan Cooper, trainer Gordon Elliott
- 2016 – Vroum Vroum Mag – jockey Ruby Walsh, trainer Willie Mullins
- 2015 – Glen’s Melody – jockey Paul Townend, trainer Willie Mullins
- 2014 – Quevega – jockey Ruby Walsh, trainer Willie Mullins
- 2013 – Quevega – jockey Ruby Walsh, trainer Willie Mullins
- 2012 – Quevega – jockey Ruby Walsh, trainer Willie Mullins
- 2011 – Quevega – jockey Ruby Walsh, trainer Willie Mullins
- 2010 – Quevega – jockey Ruby Walsh, trainer Willie Mullins
- 2009 – Quevega – jockey Ruby Walsh, trainer Willie Mullins
- 2008 – Whiteoak – jockey Jason Maguire, trainer Donald McCain, Jr.
Mares’ Hurdle History
Having been added to the festival offering in 2008, this contest is one of the newer events to appear over the four days. Originally taking place on the final day, the race was moved to its current opening day slot the year after. Despite its relative youth this 2m4f contest has already featured its fair share of scintillating performances and drama.
Initially known as the David Nicholson Mares’ Hurdle, the race is still officially registered under this title despite the sponsorship provided by OLBG from 2011. David Nicholson certainly earned his right to have a festival contest named in his honour given the remarkable success he enjoyed at the jewel in jumps racing’s crown. The man who affectionately came to be known as “The Duke” won five festival races as a jockey and 17 as a trainer.
The inaugural running of the race was won by a short head in a thrilling finish by Donald McCain Jr’s five-year-old Whiteoak. The race was taken by a five-year-old again in 2009 but this time the race was over a long way before the finish line, as Willie Mullins’ Quevega sauntered to a 14 length success. Little did we know at the time but this was just the beginning of a record breaking sequence for this superstar mare.
Nothing could touch this daughter of Robin Des Champs from 2009-2014 as she rattled in six consecutive wins in this race. When collaring stablemate Glens Melody close home in 2014, she surpassed the Cheltenham Festival record of the legendary Golden Miller who won five consecutive Gold Cups in the 1930’s. On the back of Quevega’s heroics the race was upgraded to Grade 1 status in 2015 having previously been a Grade 2 contest.
Quevega was retired in 2014 but the Mullins dominance was set to continue into 2015. The 2015 Mares Hurdle will live long in the memory of both punters and bookmakers. Following a stellar opening day at the festival for supporters of Willie Mullins, as his hotpots, Douvan, Un de Sceaux and Faugheen all won, there was a fortune running on to the heavily favoured Annie Power in this race.
The bookies hid behind their satchels as Annie Power strode away from the field approaching the final fence… only to completely misjudge it and crash to the turf. A fall which it is estimated saved the bookies around £40 million. It was 2014 second Glens Melody who was left to pick up the pieces and provide Mullins with his seventh win in the first eight editions of this race. Mullins followed up in 2016 with yet another win, this time with Vroum Vroum Mag.
In 2017 we had something remarkable though: a winner not trained by Willie Mullins, as Apple’s Jade romped home for Gordon Elliott. Mullins restored the natural order for the race the following year though as he saddled Benie Des Dieux to success in 2018, giving him his ninth win from just 11 renewals!