Mares Hurdle Betting Tips

  • 15/03/2022
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Black Tears ridden by Jack Kennedy jumps the last on the way to victory in the Close Brothers Mares’ Hurdle during day one of the Cheltenham Festival.

The Mares Hurdle tips for the Cheltenham Festival 2023 will take an in-depth look at this exciting field from the opening day.

As one of the day’s big Grade 1 highlights, our racing experts will examine the list of declared runners once the final declarations are announced ahead of the fixture.

We will also be looking through some of this popular fillies & mares contest’s history and looking at prior trends to put together predictions.

This year’s field has yet to be announced, but taking the top honours for the 2021 edition was Black Tears for trainer Denise Foster, ridden to the win by Jack Kennedy. 

(Tips to follow)

Mares Hurdle Tips – Overlooked Outsiders

As part of our big Mares Hurdle betting tips from this year’s Cheltenham Festival, we are taking a look at some of the dark horses in the field.

We will have a clearer picture of who those will be in Mares Hurdle odds, closer to the start of the Festival, when the market is shaping up better. 

Last year’s winner Black Tears came home at a fair 11/1 SP, having opened the market slightly longer than that. The 2019 winner Roksana had drifted out to 10/1 SP as he beat the field.

So the field does need to be examined deeply, and our racing experts will have some outsider Mares Hurdle betting tips.

A look at this year’s underdogs will be available closer to the race.

Mares Hurdle Runners – Tuesday 15th March 4:10

1 Burning Victory T: Willie Mullins

J: Sean O’Keeffe

2 Echoes In Rain T: Willie Mullins

J: Patrick Mullins

3 Heaven Help Us T: Paul Hennessy

J: Danny Mullins

4 Indefatigable T: Paul Webber

J: Rex Dingle

5 Marie’s Rock T: Nicky Henderson

J: Nico De Boinville

6 Martello Sky T: Lucy Wadham

J: Bryony Frost

7 Mrs Milner T: Paul Nolan

J: Bryan Cooper

8 Nada To Prada T: Michael Scudamore

J: Richard Patrick

9 Queens Brook T: Gordon Elliott

J: Jack Kennedy

10 Stormy Ireland T: Willie Mullins

J: Paul Townend

11 Telmesomethinggirl T: Henry De Bromhead

J: Rachael Blackmore

12 Western Victory T: Emma Lavelle

J: Tom Bellamy

Mares Hurdle Odds 2023

Horse/Form Silks Jockey/Trainer Odds


J:Rachael Blackmore
T:Henry De Bromhead
Queens Brook


J:Jack Kennedy
T:Gordon Elliott
Stormy Ireland


J:Paul Townend
T:Willie Mullins
Burning Victory


J:Sean O’Keeffe
T:Willie Mullins
Echoes In Rain


J:Patrick Mullins
T:Willie Mullins
Mrs Milner


J:Bryan Cooper
T:Paul Nolan
Marie’s Rock


J:Nico De Boinville
T:Nicky Henderson
Heaven Help Us


J:Danny Mullins
T:Paul Hennessy
Martello Sky


J:Bryony Frost
T:Lucy Wadham


J:Rex Dingle
T:Paul Webber
Western Victory


J:Tom Bellamy
T:Emma Lavelle
Nada To Prada


J:Richard Patrick
T:Michael Scudamore

When the complete runner’s list is declared for the 2023 Mares Hurdle betting, our tipsters will give their calls on his fantastic contest. 

There are ante-post Mares Hurdle betting odds to look through, with some of those who could be going in the fixture getting priced up early.

Among those in the 2023 Mares Hurdle odds, Irish contender Telmesomethinggirl from Henry de Bromhead has taken some interest. She has been making progress in this sphere, paired up with jockey Rachael Blackmore. 

Telmesomethinggirl returns to Cheltenham this season looking for a title defence after winning the 2021 renewal by five and a half lengths over Magic Daze.

Willie Mullins’ Stormy Ireland opened her 2023 calendar year with a win at Cheltenham in a Grade 2. She has previous experience with a fifth-place back in the 2020 renewal.

Another Irish raider is Heaven Help Us, hoping to make a winning return to the Festival. Last year, she convincingly took the Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle and looks set for further progress at a higher grade.

Watch for our Mares Hurdle betting tips as well as recommendations for all of the races from this year’s Cheltenham Festival. The Mares Hurdle runs on Tuesday, 15th March 2023.

How to pick a Mares Hurdle winner

For the next part of this racing preview, we consider how to pick a Mares Hurdle winner. One of the first ports of call would be to arm yourself with some of the top betting tips, like the ones from our dedicated tipsters.

With horse racing betting, it’s all about wading through those trends and the form. Here are a few pointers to help get you started, but our racing experts will look through these and a whole lot more to make recommendations.

There have been four favourites taking a win in the last ten renewals of this race. But none of the previous five have been, so the trend has slipped away a bit. Granted, three of the four wins by a favourite were delivered by the great Quevega.

Looking at that a little bit deeper, only one of the last seven winners of the fixture have done so at a quote of odds-on. 

Last 10 Mares Hurdle Winner Odds

  • 2021 Black Tears 11/1
  • 2020 Honeysuckle 9/4
  • 2019 Roksana
  • 2018 Benie Des Dieux 9/2
  • 2017 Apples Jade 7/2
  • 2016 Vroum Vroum Mag 4/6
  • 2015 Glens Melody 6/1
  • 2014 Quevega 8/11F
  • 2013 Quevega 8/11F
  • 2012 Quevega 4/7

There is one clear contender for the leading trainer for the Mares Hurdle. That is Willie Mullins, who has won 9 of the last 14 editions. No other trainer has managed more than one victory in that sequence.

There isn’t a jockey trend as such, with no jockey having won the Mares’ Hurdle more than once in any of the last fourteen renewals. But Paul Townend has won once and placed in each of his other six appearances in the fixture.

Each of the last fourteen winners have been bay horses, and each of those had won at least once in their three previous starts. However, none of the last 14 winners of this fixture did so at a price of more than 20/1.

The one final trend, which ties in with the preference for Willie Mullins, is that all but two of the fourteen Mares’ Hurdle winners at the Cheltenham Festival have been from Ireland. 

There are fascinating trends to browse through for the Mares Hurdle, so keep a keen eye out for the top Mares Hurdle tips from our expert tipsters.

All About The Mares Hurdle: Past and Present

The Mares Hurdle is officially registered as the David Nicholson Mares’ Hurdle. The Close Brothers Group currently sponsors it.

The Mares Hurdle is on the turf of Cheltenham’s Old Course and is a 2m 3f 200 yard trip for the runners. Around the course, there are ten10hurdles that the competitors have to clear on Day 1 of the Cheltenham Festival.

This is also one of the newer races at the Festival – first being run in 2008. The first time it was held was on the New Course on the Festival’s final day, but it was moved to Day 1 the following year.

The Mares Hurdle was moved up to its current Grade 1 status in 2015.

How Do Horses Qualify For the Mares Hurdle Race?

The Mares Hurdle is open to runners that are four years and older. However, 4-year-olds are set at a weight of 10st 11lb while 5-year-olds plus will carry 11st 5lb. 

What is the Mares Hurdle Prize Money in 2023?

Black Tears got herself in front for the win in the 2021 Mares Hurdle and collected the first prize of £50,643. The rest of the purse was completed with payouts of 2nd £19,080, 3rd £9,549, 4th £4,770, 5th £2,394, 6th £1,197, 7th £594, 8th £306.

Mares Hurdle Past Winners 

5-year-old Whiteoak won the inaugural 2008 Mares Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival. Then came along one of the extraordinary Cheltenham Festival horses, Quevega, trained by Willie Mullins.

Quevega, with jockey Ruby Walsh on her back each time, won the Mares hurdle for six straight years. It was a phenomenal streak of form from her. Other notable winners have been Apple’s Jade, Benie Des Dieux and Honeysuckle.

Year Horse Odds Jockey Trainer
2021 Black Tears 11/1 Jack Kennedy Mrs Denise Foster
2020 Honeysuckle 9/4 Rachael Blackmore Henry De Bromhead
2019 Roksana 10/1 Harry Skelton Dan Skelton
2018 Benie Des Dieux 9/2 Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins
2017 Apples Jade 7/2 B J Cooper Gordon Elliott
2016 Vroum Vroum Mag 4/6F Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins
2015 Glens Melody 6/1 Paul Townend Willie Mullins
2014 Quevega 8/11F Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins
2013 Quevega 8/11F Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins
2012 Quevega 4/7F Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins
2011 Quevega 5/6F Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins
2010 Quevega 6/4F Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins

Other Races on Day 1 of the Cheltenham Festival

The Mares Hurdle betting will be in focus on Day 1 of the Cheltenham Festival 2023, and it is the fifth of seven races on the day’s card. Here’s the complete list of races for Day 1.

13:30 The Supreme Novices’ Hurdle

14:10 The Arkle Challenge Trophy

14:50 The Ultima Handicap Steeple Chase

15:30 The Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy

16:10 The Close Brothers Mares’ Hurdle

16:50 The Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle Race

17:30 The National Hunt Challenge Cup Novices’ Steeple Chase