Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle Betting Tips

  • 14/03/2019
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Telmesomethinggirl was one of numerous Festival winners for both Henry De Bromhead and Rachael Blackmore last season.

Telmesomethinggirl was one of numerous Festival winners for both Henry De Bromhead and Rachael Blackmore last season.

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 there was a popular winner in Telmsomethinggirl for trainer Henry de Bromhead, ridden to success by Rachael Blackmore.

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.


A race trainer Willie Mullins has dominated in recent years, Dinoblue appears to be his strongest chance out of his six-strong runners. Although only seen once on the track, Dinoblue created a favourable impression when running away from the field at Clonmel back in January, jumping slickly and winning by 15l without coming off the bridle. The mare looks an exciting prospect and with improvement to come on just her second racecourse outing, the five-year-old looks a worthy market leader and can take this on route to bigger targets ahead.

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 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.

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.

Mares Novices’ Hurdle Runners – Thursday, 17th March 4.50

1 Impervious T: Colm Murphy

J: Brian Hayes

2 Love Envoi T: Harry Fry

J: Jonathan Burke

3 Party Central T: Gordon Elliott

J: Davy Russell

4 Statuaire T: Willie Mullins

J: Jordan Gainford (3)

5 Choice Of Words T: Martin Brassil


6 Nina The Terrier T: Alan King

J: Tom Bellamy

7 Tweed Skirt T: Nicky Henderson

J: James Bowen

8 Ahorsewithnoname T: Nicky Henderson

J: Nico De Boinville

9 Braganza T: Willie Mullins


10 Brandy Love T: Willie Mullins


11 Dinoblue T: Willie Mullins


12 Grangee T: Willie Mullins


13 Heia T: Willie Mullins


14 Hidden Land T: Andrew Kinirons

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

15 Hors Piste T: Willie Mullins


16 Mayhem Mya T: Chris Honour

J: Bryan Carver

17 Mighty Blue T: Joseph O’Brien

J: J J Slevin

18 Monishter Are Mwee T: Jayne Hearne

J: Ian Power

19 Nurse Susan T: Dan Skelton

J: Harry Skelton

20 Say Goodbye T: Gordon Elliott

J: Robbie Power

21 The Player Queen T: Rose Dobbin

J: Craig Nichol

22 Walk In Clover T: Dan Skelton



Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle Odds 2023

Horse/Form Silks Jockey/Trainer Odds


J:Mark Walsh
T:Willie Mullins
Brandy Love


J:Paul Townend
T:Willie Mullins
Party Central


J:Davy Russell
T:Gordon Elliott


J:Patrick Mullins
T:Willie Mullins


J:Brian Hayes
T:Colm Murphy
Love Envoi


J:Jonathan Burke
T:Harry Fry


J:Danny Mullins
T:Willie Mullins
Choice Of Words


J:Darragh O’Keeffe
T:Martin Brassil
Mighty Blue


J:J J Slevin
T:Joseph O’Brien
Nurse Susan


J:Harry Skelton
T:Dan Skelton


J:Rachael Blackmore
T:Willie Mullins

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 six 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 6 Mares Novices’ Winners Odds

  • 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 has won all six previous editions of the Mares Novices’ Hurdle. Trainer Willie Mullins has had a heavy hand in this contest so far.

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

Each of the six winners had run in Ireland last time out. In addition, each had made between 1 and 3 starts in the previous 180 days before the race.

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.

Mares Novices’ Hurdle Odds 2023

(Odds to follow)

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 Parnell Properties 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 six 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.

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, Telmesomethinggirl, took £37,982.25. The rest of the race payouts were 2nd £14,310, 3rd £7,161.75, 4th £3,577.50, 5th £1,795.50, 6th £897.75, 7th £445.50, 8th £229.50

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, last year’s winner Telmesomethinggirl stands out. She has been pushed on to significant challenges against the opposite sex in pattern company since landing last year’s Mares Novices’ win.

Year Horse Odds Jockey Trainer
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)