Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle Betting Tips

  • 16/03/2023
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One of the top races in the National Hunt season brings attention to Cheltenham’s Mares Novices’ Hurdle betting tips in this racing preview.

Our betting experts provide top Mares Novices’ racing tips, all of which will be uploaded on this page.

We aren’t quite at the point of knowing the final declarations and just how the starting line-up will look for this big Grade 2 race.

But there is plenty to look through still, as this Mares Novices’ Hurdle betting preview scours through some history and trends of the race.

Last year saw a minor shock as a British-trained winner won the race for the first time. Harry Fry’s Love Envoi got the better of Nicky Henderson’s Ahorsewithnoname to give the Brits a 1-2 in the race. 

Who will follow in her footsteps? Will it be another of the strong market favourites, or will an underdog pull through? Follow our Mares Novices’ tips for more.

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Tip – LUCCIA

The Brits were victorious in the race last year and we’re back another British victory with Nicky Henderson’s impressive mare LUCCIA. Having won her two NHF races with ease, she’s currently 2/2 over hurdles and looks to have a huge chance of winning here. She oozed class when winning a Listed race at Exeter last time out, and her jumping (aside from the last at Exeter) has been almost faultless. Nicky Henderson has a strong squad at Cheltenham this year and Luccia looks to be one of his best chances of the week.


Mares Novices’ Hurdle – Overlooked Outsiders

It is worth giving credit to longer-priced outsiders in a horse racing field. Even if it’s an each-way value that you are looking for.

Some do warrant respect, and with that in mind, our tipsters (we cover the Cheltenham tips for every race) will examine the entire field once it has been declared for Mares Novices’ Hurdle betting.

This is one of the newer races at the Cheltenham Festival, but already it has produced a winner at massive odds.

In 2019, one of the overlooked outsiders, Eglantine Du Seuil, romped home first with a 50/1 SP for trainer Willie Mullins.

There was also a 50/1 second in the race last year, as Ahorsewithnoname chased home the eventual winner Love Envoi.

Look for our top outsider tips for Mares Novices’ betting at the Cheltenham Festival when we get a little closer towards the start of this year’s 4-day event.


2023 Mares Novices’ Hurdle Runners + Odds – Thursday, 16th March 4.50

Horse/Form Silks Jockey/Trainer Odds
Luccia

11-11

Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Nico de Boinville
T: Nicky Henderson
15/8
Lot Of Joy

221

Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Paul Townend
T: Willie Mullins
9/2
Under Control

11

Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Mark Walsh
T: Nicky Henderson
25/1
You Wear It Well

1-1121

Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Gavin Sheehan
T: Jamie Snowden
12/1
Magical Zoe

1-11

Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: A P Heskin
T: Henry De Bromhead
7/1
Princess Zoe

1

Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Danny Mullins
T: Anthony Mullins
17/2
Halka Du Tabert

1-113

Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Davy Russell
T: Gordon Elliott
11/1
Ahorsewithnoname

2232-P

Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Sean Bowen
T: Nicky Henderson
25/1
Jetara

032122

Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Sean O’Keeffe
T: Mrs John Harrington
25/1
Foxy Girl

2-21

Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Rachael Blackmore
T: Henry De Bromhead
10/1
Nikini

3-4112

Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Patrick Mullins
T: Willie Mullins
33/1
The Model Kingdom

113132

Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: B J Cooper
T: Noel Meade
25/1
Ladybank

81

Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Aidan Coleman
T: Henry De Bromhead
66/1
Mullenbeg

211162

Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Harry Cobden
T: Milton Harris
80/1
Endless Escape

-51111

Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Ben Jones
T: Ben Clarke
100/1
Shecouldbeanything

1-1132

Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Jordan Gainford
T: Gordon Elliott
40/1
Banntown Girl

23-423

Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Keith Donoghue
T: Stephen Gerard Carey
80/1
Poetic Music

6-1321

Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Paddy Brennan
T: Fergal O’Brien
80/1
Belle The Lioness

31-221

Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Darragh O’Keeffe
T: Henry De Bromhead
150/1
Still Ciel

B22105

Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Shane Fitzgerald
T: Henry De Bromhead
250/1
Inspiratrice

601U3

Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Sam Twiston-Davies
T: Nicky Martin
200/1

 

How to pick a Mares Novices’ Hurdle Winner

The tips from our racing experts can help narrow the field when it comes to picking a winner for Mares’ Novice hurdle betting at Cheltenham 2023.

Some key trends should point you in the right direction, and here are some of the trends that our tipsters will look at.

There have been three favourites in the seven previous editions of this race to come home with a win. But, unfortunately, those were in each of the first three editions, and it hasn’t happened since. So the racing trend has just gone the other way.

Last Mares Novices’ Winners Odds

  • 2022 Love Envoi 15/2
  • 2021 Telmesometinggirl 5/1
  • 2020 Concertista 9/2
  • 2019 Eglantine Du Seuil 50/1
  • 2018 Laurina 4/7F
  • 2017 Lets Dance 11/8F
  • 2016 Limini 8/11F

Being one of the newer additions to the Cheltenham Festival, this Grade 2 fixture will only get stronger and stronger as the renewals tick by.

An Irish runner had won all the six previous editions of the Mares Novices’ Hurdle before last year, when Harry Fry’s Love Envoi gained a deserved victory for the Brits. Trainer Willie Mullins has had a heavy hand in this contest so far, winning five of the seven renewals.

Four of the seven Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle winners have been aged five years old, but the last three have been won by six-year-olds.

Six of the seven winners had run in Ireland last time out, with the exception being last years winner Love Envoi. In addition, the first six winners of the race each had made between 1 and 3 starts in the previous 180 days before the race. Love Envoi bucked that trend last year though, as she had four starts in the past 180 days. 

All but one had previously placed in at least a Grade 3 before, while no winner had been beaten by more than three lengths on their debut. So those are some pointers to help paint a picture.

But there is a lot more to browse through to get a finer, more nuanced view of the Mares Novices’ Hurdle betting landscape, which is what our tipsters will be providing when uploading tips closer to the start of the Festival.


All About The Mares Novices’ Hurdle: Past and Present

The race only entered the Cheltenham Festival scene in 2016 as the 4-day event grew to 28 races. As a result, the fixture was launched specifically for the Festival.

The official name is the Dawn Run Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle, but it is currently the Ryanair Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle because of sponsorship reasons.

It’s a Grade 2 contest featuring eight hurdles on the New Course at Cheltenham at a distance of 2m 1f. It’s open to fillies and mares of at least four years of age.

4-year-olds have a weight of 10st 9lb, while 5-year-olds and above are at 11st 5lb. 

Some penalties affect weights in this Grade 2 contest. Any former Class 1 weight for age winners have an extra 5lb, while there is 3lb for winners of a Class 2 weight for age or Class 1 handicap hurdle.

There isn’t a lot of history then for the Mares Novices’ Hurdle, but one piece of outstanding form has come from trainer Willie Mullins. He has produced five of the seven previous winners.

His winning streak, which started in the inaugural 2016 edition with Limini, was snapped in 2021 when Henry de Bromhead’s Telmesomethinggirl got the win, and again last year when Harry Fry’s Love Envoi took the honours. 

The leading jockey is Ruby Walsh, who won the first two editions on Limini and Let’s Dance.


How Do Horses Qualify for the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle Race?

Entry for runners in the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle is a minimum age of four years old. This is a race for novice hurdlers, those who haven’t won in the sphere before the start of the current season.


What is the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle Prize Money in 2023?

While we await details of the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle prize money for 2023, last year’s winner, Love Envoi, took £59,083.50. The rest of the race payouts were 2nd £22,260, 3rd £11,140.50, 4th £5,565, 5th £2,793, 6th £1,396.50, 7th £693 and 8th £357.

Mares Novices’ Hurdle Past Winners

In terms of notable winners of the Mares’ Novices’, which can only be won once by a horse in her career, 2021 winner Telmesomethinggirl stands out. After winning at the Festival, she was tested against the boys in the Grade 1 Irish Mirror Novice Hurdle at Punchestown the following month, and did well to finish fifth. 

Year Horse Odds Jockey Trainer
2022 Love Envoi 15/2 Jonathan Burke Harry Fry
2021 Telmesomethinggirl 5/1 Rachael Blackmore Henry de Bromhead
2020 Concertista 9/2 Daryl Jacob Willie Mullins
2019 Eglantine Du Seuil 50/1 Noel Fehily Willie Mullins
2018 Laurina 4/7F Paul Townend Willie Mullins
2017 Let’s Dance 11/8F Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins
2016 Limini 8/11F Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins

Other Races on Day 3 of the Cheltenham Festival

The Mares Novices’ Hurdle is part of the St Patricks’ Day celebration on Day 3, and it is the penultimate race of the day. Here are the rest of the races for Thursday at the Festival:

13:30 The Turners Novices’ Chase (Grade 1)

14:10 The Pertemps Network Final (A Handicap Hurdle Race) (Listed)

14:50 The Ryanair Steeplechase (Grade 1)

15:30 The Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle (Grade 1)

16:10 The Paddy Power Plate (A Handicap Steeple Chase) (Grade 3)

16:50 The Mares Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 2)

17:30 Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup (sponsored by the JRL Group) (0-145)