Mares Hurdle Tips 2022

Another of the Grade 1 fixtures on the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival brings our Mares’ Hurdle tips into focus. This is one of the newer races at the Festival, but it is already hugely popular and has produced some fascinating contests. Our betting experts pull together history and the latest odds in this Cheltenham Mares’ Hurdle Preview 2022.

Mares’ Hurdle Potential Runners & Favourites

The early days of the Mares’ Hurdle were pretty much all dominated by the brilliant Quevega, who won it for six straight years. Her tremendous feat is now consigned to history, and no horse since has won the race twice. That said, there is a competitive field to look through in the Mares’ Hurdle betting tips 2022.

TELMESOMETHINGGIRL heads things up as the favourite, so is an obvious starting point on the shortlist for our Mares’ Hurdle betting tips. She was a winner at last year’s Festival, earning the victory in the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 2). The Henry de Bromhead-trained mare hasn’t won since then but brings leading claims nonetheless

QUEENS BROOK should come on for her recent second to BURNING VICTORY, and her third in last year’s Champion Bumper shows she runs well at Cheltenham. She will surely be in the mix as they head over the final hurdle.

Paul Townend has chose to ride STORMY ISLAND from the Willie Mullins runners in the race, which is a tip in itself. She won here on her most recent, in the Relkeel Hurdle and could be hard to catch in this.

The Mares’ Hurdle offers an excellent competitive field, and there are interesting claims elsewhere, with the likes of HEAVEN HELP US, who placed at Leopardstown against some of these rivals, and MRS MILNERwho appears to have plenty of ability as an each-way contender if she comes up with a clear round.

Mares’ Hurdle Confirmed Runners

TelmesomethinggirlHorse Profile - Jockey ColoursJ: Rachael Blackmore
T: Henry De Bromhead
Queens BrookHorse Profile - Jockey ColoursJ: Jack Kennedy
T:Gordon Elliott
Stormy IslandHorse Profile - Jockey ColoursJ: Paul Townend
T: Willie Mullins
Burning VictoryHorse Profile - Jockey ColoursJ: Sean O’Keeffe
T: Willie Mullins
Echoes In RainHorse Profile - Jockey ColoursJ: P W Mullins
T: Willie Mullins
Mrs MilnerHorse Profile - Jockey ColoursJ: B J Cooper
T: Paul Nolan
Marie’s RockHorse Profile - Jockey ColoursJ:Nico de Boinville
T: Nicky Henderson
Heaven Help UsHorse Profile - Jockey ColoursJ: Danny Mullins
T: Paul Hennessy
Martello SkyHorse Profile - Jockey ColoursJ: Bryony Frost
T: Lucy Wadham
IndefatigableHorse Profile - Jockey ColoursJ: Rex Dingle
T: Paul Webber
Western VictoryHorse Profile - Jockey ColoursJ: Tom Bellamy
T: Emma Lavelle
Nada To PradaHorse Profile - Jockey ColoursJ: Richard Patrick
T: Michael Scudamore

*Odds Correct as of 11am 14/03/22*

How Often Does a Favourite Horse Win The Mares’ Hurdle Race 

Four of the last ten Mares’ Hurdles winners have done so as the favourite on the day. That’s a little lopsided, though, because three of the races featured the untouchable Quevega. 

Since she stepped away from the scene after her sixth success in the 2014 edition as the 8/11F, there has been only one winning favourite in the last seven renewals. That was Vroum Vroum Mag in 2016. 

In the last 10 renewals, only on two occasions did the race favourite finish outside the top three in the Mares’ Hurdle, and both of those occasions were due to a fall.

The last three editions have also seen a bit of a swing towards longer-priced options, with two winners of at least 10/1 odds coming home in that span.

Mares Hurdle Favourites vs Winners in The Past 10 Years

YearFavourite Horse*Winning Horse
2021Concertista (2nd)Black Tears (11/1)
2020Benie Des Dieux (2nd)Honeysuckle (9/4)
2019Benie Des Dieux (F)Roksana (10/1)
2018Apple’s Jade (3rd)Benie Des Dieux (9/2)
2017Vroum Vroum Mag (2nd)Apple’s Jade (7/2)
2016Vroum Vroum MagVroum Vroum Mag (4/6) 
2015Annie Power (F)Glens Melody (6/1)
2014QuevegaQuevega (8/11)
2013QuevegaQuevega (8/11)
2012QuevegaQuevega (4/7)

*(-) = Finishing Position, UR = Unseated Rider, F = Faller, RO = Ran Out, PU = Pulled Up

Mares’ Hurdle History & Present Time

It’s a Grade 1 fixture that we are looking at here in this Mares’ Hurdle preview for Cheltenham. However, it’s more commonly known as the Close Brothers Mares’ Hurdle because of sponsorship. 

The race is a trip of 2m 4f (thereabouts) for the runners involved, and it is hosted on the Old Course, with ten hurdles to get over.

The official name of the race is the David Nicholson Mares’ Hurdle. It was moved to the opening day in 2009 after its inauguration in 2008 on the New Course as part of Friday’s card. The race was a Grade 2 contest until it was moved up to Grade 1 in 2015. This year’s purse is £120,000.

Mares’ Hurdle Jockey & Trainer Records

Again, this is a race where the statistics and records don’t quite tell the whole story. Ruby Walsh, for example, is the leading jockey in the relatively short history of the Mares’ Hurdle, with eight victories. Six of those were on the back of Quevega. No other jockey has won the race more than once.

Willie Mullins, also because of his connection to the great Quevega, is the leading trainer in the Mares’ Hurdle. He has nine winners under his belt, and six were with Quevega. But since 2015, he has taken three more with Glens Melody, Vroum Vroum Mag and Benie Des Dieux.

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