2021 Mares' Novices' Hurdle Tips

The newest race on day three's card at the Cheltenham Festival is the Mares' Novices' Hurdle. Named after the legendary former Gold Cup winner Dawn Run, there have only been five runnings of this Group Two race, and Irish trainer Willie Mullins has won all of them.

2021 Mares' Novices' Hurdle Key Facts

Date Thursday 18th March, 2021
Time 4:50pm
Course Cheltenham Festival
Status Grade Two
Distance 2m 1f
Prize Pool £90k
Age 4YO+

2021 Mares' Novices' Hurdle Odds

Name
Best Odds
Top Bookie
Gypsy Island 8/1 William Hill
Princess Zoe 10/1 888Sport
Queen's Brook 12/1 Paddy Power
Shewearsitwell 14/1 BetVictor
Bar 20/1

2021 Mares' Novices' Hurdle Tips

Gypsy Island, who was forced to miss the entirety of last season through injury, is the early favourite for the 2021 Mares' Novices' Hurdle. Listed winner, Princess Zoe is second-favourite for Anthony Mullins. Champion Bumper third, Queen's Brook comes next, with Willie Mullins' Shewearsitwell the only other entrant carrying a price lower than 25/1.

We'll have a range of tips for the 2021 Mares' Novices' Hurdle live on the website when the new National Hunt season starts.

2020 Mares' Novices' Hurdle Result

Position
Name
SP
1st Concertista 9/2
2nd Dolcita 9/1
3rd Rayna's World 100/1
4th Yukon Lil 20/1
5th Colreevy 4/1

Mares' Novices' Hurdle Day Card

Time
Title
Status
Distance
1:30pm Marsh Novices' Chase Grade One 2m 4f
2:10pm Pertemps Final Handicap Hurdle Listed Handicap 3m
2:50pm Ryanair Chase Grade One 2m 4f
3:30pm Stayers' Hurdle Grade One 3m
4:10pm Brown Advisory Plate Handicap Chase Grade Three Handicap 2m 4f
4:50pm Mares' Novices' Hurdle Grade Two 2m 1f
5:30pm Kim Muir Handicap Chase Class Two Handicap 3m 2f

Mares' Novices' Hurdle History

The Mares' Novices' Hurdle is the newest race at the Cheltenham Festival. This Grade Two was created in 2016. It's open only to mares who are novices over hurdles, and is run over a trip of 2m and 1f.

The race was initially known as the Trull House Stud Mares' Novices' Hurdle. The name of legendary mare and Gold Cup winner, Dawn Run was attached to the race in 2020, and is now called the Dawn Run Mares' Novices' Hurdle.

The Mares' Novices' Hurdle has been dominated by one man, Willie Mullins. Mullins has won all five runnings of the Mares' Novices' Hurdle, since Limini won the inaugural renewal in 2016.

Limini was followed into the winners' enclosure by Let's Dance. The following season, 4/7 favourite Laurina destroyed her rivals with an excellent 18-length success.

It looked like Mullins didn't have a strong hand to play in 2019. Ireland Champion Trainer then went on to saddle the first two past the post, as 50/1 shot Eglantine Du Seuil headed 66/1 shot Concertista.

Having failed to win a race over hurdles, Concertista was free to enter the Mares' Novices' Hurdle for the second time in 2020. Daryl Jacob's mount proceeded to bolt up, as Willie Mullins saddled four of the first five horses over the line.

Mares' Novices' Hurdle Winners

Year
Winner
2020 Concertista
2019 Eglantine Du Seuil
2018 Limini
2017 Let's Dance
2016 Limini

Mares' Novices' Hurdle FAQs

When is the Mares' Novices' Hurdle?

The 2021 Mares' Novices' Hurdle will take place at 4:40pm on day three of the Cheltenham Festival on Thursday 18th March.

What is the Mares' Novices' Hurdle?

The Mares' Novices' Hurdle is a Grade Two race staged during the Cheltenham Festival. Open only to mares who are novices over hurdles, and is run over a trip of 2m and 1f.

Who won the Mares' Novices' Hurdle?

Willie Mullins continued his 100% record in the Mares' Novices' Hurdle when Concertista, runner-up the year before, powered home to win the 2020 renewal.

Who's the favourite for the Mares' Novices' Hurdle?

Group One winning bumper performer, Gypsy Island is the favourite for the 2020 Mares' Novices' Hurdle, having missed all of last season through injury.

Where can I watch the Mares' Novices' Hurdle?

The 2021 Mares' Novices' Hurdle will be shown live on ITV Racing. If you want to stream the race live on your mobile or tablet then visit our Live Streaming page for more details.