Cheltenham Day 1 Tips: Mares Hurdle
2020 Mares’ Hurdle Tips
Henry De Bromhead and his team have really missed a trick not going for the Champion Hurdle with Honeysuckle. Rarely have we seen a more open renewal of day one’s highlight. Soft ground would bring Honeysuckle’s stamina to the fore and she has more than enough to class to beat the likes of Epatante and Pentland Hills.
Honeysuckle may be better suited to two-and-a-half-miles, but she’ll have her work cut out beating BENIE DES DIEUX. Willie Mullins’ mare is a horse of the highest calibre and Honeysuckle’s presence only makes the favourite’s price more appealing.
The only defeat Mullins’ mare has suffered in the colours of Rich Ricci was here last year, where the favourite fell at the last when cruising to victory. Benie Des Dieux bounced back with a win at Punchestown and a surprise triumph in the French Stayers’ Hurdle. Following a nonchalant return victory in the Galmoy Hurdle, there were clamours for Benie to take on Paisley Park in the Stayers. Quotes from Willie Mullins’ stable tour, however, suggest the Mares’ is almost certainly where she’ll end up.
She’ll be the Irish banker on Tuesday, and easily the most popular Cheltenham Festival day one tips. If you want to back Benie Des Dieux, then you’re better off waiting to see if she features in any Cheltenham Festival free bet offers. You could get your hands on a tasty price boost!
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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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