|Date||Tuesday, March 16, 2021|
|Where to Watch||Cheltenham live stream at MansionBet|
|Horses’ Age||4+ Years.|
The Grade 1 Mares’ Hurdle was added to the Cheltenham Festival programme in 2008, providing a much-needed platform for the fairer sex on this grandest of jumps racing stages.
Cheltenham’s all-time leading trainer Willie Mullins has farmed this race since its inception, with the fabulous Quevega winning six years on the spin from 2009 onwards, toppling Golden Miller’s record of five Festival wins in the process.
Mullins’ domination has continued since, with three wins in the last six, but there’s also been heartache as Annie Power (2015) crashed out at the final flight with the race at her mercy, a feat eerily repeated by Benie Des Dieux four years later.
Henry De Bromhead’s Honeysuckle maintained her unbeaten record when fending off Benie Des Dieux to win a memorable 2020 renewal.
Mares’ Hurdle Race: Betting Odds
|Benie Des Dieux||11/2|
|Dame De Compagnie||10/1|
Mares’ Hurdle Race: Tips, Predictions and Previews
Honeysuckle won this race in 2020 under an inspired ride from Rachel Blackmore and remained unbeaten when she claimed victory. The jockey got the better of a tag-team from the Willie Mullins yard, sneaking up the inside of Stormy Ireland and gamely holding off Benie Des Dieux in a sustained battle to the line. She may be back in 2021 and will be a tough nut to crack.
This is far from the strongest division and ‘Benie’ may return for a fourth crack at this race, while her Mullins-trained stablemate Concertista routed her rivals in the Grade 2 Mares’ Novice at this Festival last season and is an obvious candidate for graduation.
Triumph Hurdle winner Burning Victory and former winner Roksana are others that could have this race in their plans.
Mares’ Hurdle Race: Recent Winners
|2020||Honeysuckle||Rachel Blackmore||Henry De Bromhead|
|2019||Roksana||Harry Skelton||Dan Skelton|
|2018||Benie Des Dieux||Ruby Walsh||Willie Mullins|
|2017||Apple’s Jade||Bryan Cooper||Gordon Elliott|
|2016||Vroum Vroum Mag||Ruby Walsh||Willie Mullins|