2021 Mares' Chase Tips & Predictions


A brand new race will be run on Gold Cup day at the Cheltenham Festival in 2021, as a field of classy mares takes part in the inaugural Mares' Chase.

The introduction of this Grade Two has been met with great positivity from the horse racing world, and staging the Mares' Chase on the fourth and final day of this prestigious meeting will help thrust the race into the Gold Cup spotlight.

2021 Mares' Chase Key Facts

Date Friday 19th March, 2021
Time 4:50pm
Course Cheltenham Festival
Status Grade Two
Distance 2m 4f
Prize Pool Unknown
Age 5YO+
Sex  Mares' Only

2021 Mares' Chase Odds

Name
Best Odds
Top Bookie
Salsaretta6/1Paddy Power
Elfile8/1Paddy Power
Put The Kettle On8/1Paddy Power
Benie Des Dieux10/1Paddy Power
Elimay10/1Paddy Power
Bar12/1

2021 Mares' Chase Tips

We'll publish our full guide to the 2021 Mares' Chase when the final field has been confirmed a little closer to the Cheltenham Festival.

Mares' Chase Day Card

Time
Title
Status
Distance
1:30pm Triumph Hurdle Grade One 2m
2:10pm County Hurdle Grade Three Handicap 2m
2:50pm Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle Grade One 3m
3:30pm Gold Cup Grade One 3m 2f
4:10pm Foxhunter Chase Class Two 3m 2f
4:50pm Mares' Chase Grade Two 2m 4f
5:30pm Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle Class Two Handicap 2m 4f

2021 Mares' Chase History

Organisers at the Cheltenham Festival announced in 2020 that a Grade Two Mares' Chase would be introduced to the Festival schedule the following year.

After weeks of deliberation, it was decided that the Northern Trust Novices' Handicap Chase, run on day one, would be the race to make way for the Mares' Chase.

A reshuffle to the race schedule followed, with the Boodles Juveniles Handicap Hurdle moving to day one, and the Grand Annual being pushed back to day two, in order to run in Mares's Chase in the penultimate slot on Gold Cup day.

Bookmakers Paddy Power was revealed as the main sponsor behind the race, which will be titled the Mrs Paddy Power Mares' Chase.

Willie Mullins will have been delighted when news of a Mares' Chase at Cheltenham reached his ears. Ireland's Champion Trainer has dominated in the other two mares events at the Festival, winning nine of the 13 editions of the Mares' Hurdle, and all five runnings of the Mares' Novices' Hurdle. He will already have a couple of his best mares earmarked for a run in the first-ever Mares' Chase.

Mares' Chase FAQs

When is the Mares' Chase

The 2021 Mares' Chase will be run on day four of the Cheltenham Festival on Friday 19th March.

What is the Mares' Chase?

The Mares' Chase is a new race which has been added to the Cheltenham Festival schedule for 2021. This Grade Two chase will be open only to mares, and run over a trip of two-and-a-half-miles.

What race has the Mares' Chase replaced?

To make room for the Mares' Chase, the Northern Trust Novices' Handicap Chase was removed from the Cheltenham festival schedule for 2021. The Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle was moved to day one, and the Grand Annual was pushed back to day two, to allow the Mares' Chase to be run on Gold Cup day.

Who's the favourite for the 2021 Mares' Chase?

Willie Mullins trains five of the top six at the head of the 2021 Mares' Chase betting, with Salsaretta sitting on the shortest price with race sponsors Paddy Power.

Where can I watch the 2021 Mares' Chase?

The 2021 Mares' Chase will be shown live on ITV Racing and RacingTV. If you want to stream the race via your mobile or tablet, then visit the Live Streaming page on our website.