Cheltenham Day 1 Tips: Mares Hurdle
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2020 Mares’ Hurdle Tips
Honeysuckle is clearly a very good quality mare and two-and-a-half-miles looks to be her best trip. However, I’m shocked that connections didn’t chose to enter a wide-open Champion Hurdle, as I can’t see Honeysuckle being strong enough to deny BENIE DES DIEUX.
Along with Paisley Park and Tiger Roll, Benie Des Dieux is one of my bankers of the 2020 Cheltenham Festival. She should be part of everyone’s day one Cheltenham Festival bets. While she features in many of my multiples, events 12 months ago and the fact three places will be available means some profit could be made from an each-way punt too.
The Mares’ Hurdle Race
Once the Champion Hurdler has finished doing his rounds in the winners’ enclosure, the mares take center-stage. A field of fearsome females will battle for supremacy in the Mares’ Hurdle, all bidding to establish themselves as the dominant mare within their sex and lift the trophy bearing the name of David Nicholson – a beloved figure in the sport who saddled 17 Cheltenham Festival winners during his time as a trainer.
The Mares’ Hurdle will always be associated with Willie Mullins’ Quevega, who fended off her fellow females to win the David Nicholson trophy for six successive seasons between 2009 and ’14.
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