2021 Mares' Hurdle Tips

Named in honour of the late, great David Nicholson, the Mares' Hurdle has been a popular inception since it was introduced to the Cheltenham Festival schedule in 2008. Some fantastic mares have won this prize over the last few decades, including the great Quevega, who won the Mares' Hurdle six years in a row between 2009 and 2014.

2021 Mares' Hurdle Key Facts

Date Tuesday 16th March, 2021
Time 4:10pm
Course Cheltenham Festival
Status Grade One
Distance 2m 4f
Prize Pool £120k
Age 4YO+

2021 Mares' Hurdle Odds

Name
Best Odds
Top Bookie
Honeysuckle 7/2 William Hill
Benie Des Dieux 5/1 BetVictor
Concertista 10/1 Paddy Power
Dame De Compagnie 12/1 William Hill
Burning Victory 20/1 BetVictor
Bar 25/1

2021 Mares' Hurdle Tips

The top two from last year's Mares' Hurdle, Honeysuckle and Benie Des Dieux dominate the market for the 2021 renewal. There is a strong chance either could be pointed at the newly created Mares' Chase on day two, though.

We'll have our Mares' Hurdle tips live on the site when the new National Hunt season starts.

2020 Mares' Hurdle Result

Position
Name
SP
1st Honeysuckle 9/4
2nd Benie Des Dieux 6/4f
3rd Elfile 16/1
4th Roksana 12/1
5th Stormy Ireland 7/1

Mares' Hurdle Day Card

Time
Title
Status
Distance
1:30pm Supreme Novices' Hurdle Grade One 2m
2:10pm Arkle Challenge Trophy Novice's Chase Grade One 2m
2:50pm Ultima Handicap Chase Grade Three Handicap 3m 1f
3:30pm Champion Hurdle Grade One 2m
4:10pm Mares' Hurdle Grade One 2m 4f
4:50pm Northern Trust Novices' Handicap Chase Listed Handicap 2m 4f
5:30pm National Hunt Chase Grade Two 3m 6f

Mares' Hurdle History

Following on from the Champion Hurdle is the Mares' Hurdle. As the name suggests, this race is only open to fillies and mares, and is run over a two-and-ahalf-mile trip.

When the Mares' Hurdle was established in 2008, it only held Grade Two status. In 2015, the Mares' Hurdle became a Grade One, making it the fourth and final Grade One on day one of the Cheltenham Festival.

Shortly after his passing in 2006, the Mares' Hurdle was renamed to honour the great David Nicholson. Nicholson enjoyed plenty of success at the Cheltenham Festival throughout his career, celebrating five wins as a jockey and 17 after he became a trainer.

Along with Nicholson, there are two names who're synonymous with the Mares' Hurdle; Willie Mullins and Quevega.

Willie Mullins' has won nine of the 13 runnings of this race, with his most recent triumph coming with Benie De Dieux in 2018.

Mullins' first Mares' Hurdle winner was Quevega, who won is as a five-year-old in 2009. Quevega then won the Mares' Hurdle for six years in a row, lifting the trophy for the final time in 2014. Quevega remains the winning-most horse in this history of the Cheltenham Festival.

Annie Power was expected to extend Willie Mullins' winning run in the Mares' Hurdle in 2015. Instead, it was Glens Melody who brought the trophy back to Ireland, capitalising when her stablemate, Annie Power fell at the final flight.

Apple's Jade and Vroum Vroum Mag then traded victories in 2016 and '17. Benie Des Dieux scored the following season, and looked on course to defend her crown in 2019, only for Ruby Walsh to suffer another final flight fall, handing the race to Dan Skelton's Roksana.

Benie Des Dieux returned to Cheltenham on a redemption mission in 2020. She was, however, upstaged by Henry De Bromhead's unbeaten mare Honeysuckle, who produced a superb performance under Rachael Blackmore to beat the short-priced favourite.

Mares' Hurdle Winners

Year
Winner
2020 Honeysuckle
2019 Roksana
2018 Benie Des Dieux
2017 Apple's Jade
2016 Vroum Vroum Mag
2015 Glen Melody
2014 Quevega
2013 Quevega
2012 Quevega
2011 Quevega
2010 Quevega
2009 Quevega
2008 Whiteoak

Mares' Hurdle FAQs

When is the Mares' Hurdle?

The Mares' Hurdle will be run at 4:10pm on day one of the Cheltenham Festival on Tuesday 16th March.

What is the Mares' Hurdle?

The Mares' Hurdle is the four Group One race on day one of the Cheltenham Festival. It's open only to fillies and mares and is run over a 2m 4f trip.

Who won the Mares' Hurdle?

Honeysuckle defeated Benie Des Dieux in a thrilling finish to win the 2020 Mares' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.

Which Willie Mullins' horses will run in the Mares' Hurdle?

Former winner, Benie Des Dieux could run in the 2021 Mares' Hurdle. As could 2020 Mares' Novices' Hurdle winner, Concertista. Elfile and Stormy Ireland could also appear.

Where can I watch the Mares' Hurdle?

The 2021 Mares' Hurdle will be shown live on ITV Racing. If you want to watch the race live on your mobile or tablet, check out our Live Streaming page.