Mares Hurdle betting tips, predictions, trends and free bets (DAY 1 - March 13, 2018)

  • Written by Simon Bettarini
  • Share  
The Mares Hurdle is one of the newest races at the Cheltenham Festival, run over two and a half miles and, as the name would suggest, for mares only. Willie Mullins has dominated this race down the years but Gordon Elliott's Apple's Jade was a fine winner of the 2017 renewal. This article contains our Mares Hurdle race preview with free predictions, tips, betting trends, best odds, free bets and no deposit bonuses on the 2018 Cheltenham Festival.


Are you looking for all the 2018 Cheltenham predictions? Visit our Cheltenham betting tips section here!

Betway Betting Bonus


The Mares Hurdle was first run at the Cheltenham Festival in 2008. We have seen some great winners over the past few seasons and the race quality is seemingly getting better every year. It's a Grade 1 National Hunt hurdle, run over two miles and four furlongs, for fillies and mares aged four and upwards. Prize money has been boosted to £120,000 this year. The history of this race all revolves around the wonderful mare Quevega, who won the race six times from 2009 to 2014. Reigning champion Apple's Jade (Gordon Elliott) and 2016 winner Vroum Vroum Mag (Willie Mullins) will renew their rivalry in this year's contest.

And now we'll take a closer look at this year's Mares' Hurdle and try to determine which horse is likely to prevail.

APPLE JADE has won 9 from 13 over hurdles in her career so far and is the current champion having won last'years editioin. She saw off Vroum Vroum Mag and Limini there under a positive ride from the front. Gordon Elliott's top class mare has thrived since on winning her next four starts in Ireland at short prices.

LA BAGUE AU ROI was a shade disappointing when behind Let’s Dance in the Trull House of 2017 but has bounced back this season with a succession of career best.

BENIE DES DIEUX has looked a talented mare on her first three wins in Ireland. She could emerge as the big danger if she can translate her smart chasing form to hurdles and her yard has dominated this race. Many experts think this horse could upset the company and grab at least a place.

£25 Money back as a free bet if your horse falls

Place a win or each way single of £/€1+ on a Cheltenham Festival race from 6pm the day prior to the race & if your horse falls, is brought down, or unseats the jockey - you will get up to £/€25 of your stake back as a free bet.
Claim Now

Nicky Henderson's KAYF GRACE is a Grade 2 bumper winner in 2015/16. She has four wins, one second and two third places from her eight runs so far. She bounced back to win at Kempton at the Winter Festival after a poor showing to start the season at Ascot.

JER'S GIRL was a dual Grade 1 winner over 2m4f a couple of years ago and can't be ruled out. This season she chased home Apple's Jade at Navan in November before running La Bague Au Roi close at Ascot.

MIDNIGHT JAZZ is a useful hurdler but held in this last year and impossible to see her in contention on known form.

INDAN STREAM, MIDNIGHT TOUR and PRAVALAGUNA are long-shot options but they all look well beaten in this company.

The section below contains the most backed entries at the moment:

  • Coral betting bonusApple's Jade 1.62Bet
  • Betfair Sportsbook Betting BonusBenie Des Dieux  5.00Bet
  • Boylesports Betting BonusLa Bague Au Roi  9.00Bet
  • BetVictor Betting BonusKayf Grace  17.00Bet
  • Sportingbet Betting BonusJers Girl 21.00Bet
  • Winner Sports Betting BonusMidnight Jazz  67.00Bet
  • Ladbrokes Betting BonusMidnight Tour  67.00Bet

All the bookmakers we recommend are offering No Runner No Bet on every Cheltenham Festival race.

Sportingbet betting bonus


This race is being run for the 11th time in 2018 so there is not much to look at in terms of race trends considering that Quevega has won six times.

  • 7 of the last 10 favourites have won
  • 9 of the last 10 winners had at least five previous runs over hurdles and at least three wins over hurdles.
  • 9 of the last 10 winners had previously won over 2m 4f or further
  • 8 of the last 10 winners had won on their previous start.
  • Ruby Walsh has won this seven times, six more than any other
  • Willie Mullins have trained 8 of the last 9 winners

28/1 Apple's Jade to win the Mares' Hurdle

Get 28/1 Apple's Jaded to win the Mares' Hurdle at Cheltenham with Paddy Power!
Claim Now
New Customers can get Apple's Jade at an enhanced 28/1 to win the Mares' Hurdle. Max Stake £1. Winnings paid in free bets, valid for 7 days, only deposits with cards/Paypal count. Exchange and multiple bets excluded. T&C’s Apply. 18+|Gamble Aware.


Read below our recommended bets on the Mares' Hurdle 2018. Feel free to copy our Cheltenham Festival predictions and get the best odds available on the market by clicking the 'Bet' button!

  • Coral betting bonus
    Apple's Jade to win  1.62Bet
  • BetVictor Betting Bonus
    Kayf Grace to win & each-way 17.00Bet


28/1 Apple's Jade to win the Mares' Hurdle

Get 28/1 Apples' Jade to win the Mares' Hurdle at Cheltenham with Betfair!
+ up to £100 in free bets!
Claim Now


    £5 No Deposit Free Bet
    18+. Promotion is only valid for new UK customers who registered using special promotion links and banners. Wagering requirements 7x turnover of the bonus amount, only accumulator bets with final odds of minimum 3/4. Minimum odds for each event 1/4. Players can withdraw up to £50 from the bonus amount granted after the wagering requirements have been met. Bonus valid for 30 days. T&Cs apply.
    Bet £5 Get £20 - Bonus code 20FREE
    18+ New UK+IRE customers. Paypal and certain deposit types and bet types excluded. Min £5 bet within 14 days of account reg at min odds 1/2 = 4 x £5 free bets. Free bets valid for 4 days on sports, stake not returned, restrictions apply. T&Cs apply.
    up to £100 in bet credits
    Up to £100 in Bet Credits for new customers at bet365. Min deposit £5 and 1x settled bet requirement to release Bet Credits. Min odds, bet and payment method exclusions apply. Returns exclude Bet Credits stake. Time limits and T&Cs apply.
    100% deposit bonus up to £200
    18+, UK residents only. Deposit and bet from £30 to £200 on any sport market at odds of at least 1.5, and receive a matching bonus of 100% once your bet is settled. You must wager your “BET PLUS BONUS” amount 8 times at odds of at least evens (2.0). Ante-post, each-way, handicap and virtual bets do not qualify for matching bonus or wagering requirements. Only 1 qualifying bet per event counts towards wagering requirements. Deposits made using Skrill, Neteller, PaySafeCard and Ukash do not qualify. Wagering is with real money first. Bonus can never be withdrawn. T&Cs Apply
    Bet £10, Get £30 + 30 free spins
    Only available to new customers from UK & Northern Ireland. You must stake £10 or more at single/cumulative odds of Evens (2.0) or greater on your first bet. Free bet balance of £30 credited within 48 hours of your first bet being settled. Free Bets expire after 7 days. E-Wallet restrictions apply. Minimum 5 game rounds. Game restrictions apply. Maximum 30 Free Spins on selected games. Free Spins expire after 7 days. Full T&Cs apply.
    Up to £100 welcome bonus
    New customers only, receive a free bet up to the value of your first qualifying bet. Minimum stake €5, minimum odds 1/5 (1.2). If your first bet is an accumulator, at least one selection must meet the min odds requirement. Qualifying bet must be placed in first 30 days of account opening. Offer is only available to customers who deposit using Debit/Credit or Paypal. Max free bet €50 – valid for 7 days. T&s apply.
    50% up to £100 bonus
    New Customers; Min. deposit £15 (no Skrill/Neteller); Bonus amount is 50% of deposit up to £100; 6x deposit and bonus turnover (min. odds 3/5 on singles and 2/5 per selection on acca bets), in 30 days, for bonus release; Some bet types don’t contribute to turnover; Withdrawal before turnover results in bonus cancellation; Terms apply; 18+
    Bet £5, get £30 free bets
    New Customers Only. Deposit via Credit/Debit card only and bet £5 @ odds 2.0+ within 7 days of registering; Cashed out bets excluded. Get 2x £10 free bets, valid for set types (1 @ odds 2.0+ or greater) & a £10 casino bonus, wagered 40x to withdraw; Bonuses expire in 7 days; Geographical restrictions apply. Click for T&C’s. 18+|
    Bet £10, get £30 free bets. Bonus code: C30
    Bet £10 Get £30. New William Hill online customers only. Min. unit stake of £10/€10 at odds of 1/2 or greater. Only the “win” part from EW bets will count. Free bet terms, payment method & country restrictions apply. Free bets credited as 3 x £10/€10. Free bet stakes are not returned as part of the settlement of successful free bets. All Free Bets must be wagered within 30 days.
    €/£30 free bet bonus
    New customers only. Min qualifying bet £10. 100% Free Bet credited to Free Bet Balance upon a successful deposit. To activate the Free Bet a customer MUST place bets totalling the value of their 1st deposit (up to £30). Min odds 3/4 (single), 2/5 (EW), 2/5 (system bets) or greater. 1x Wagering. Free Bet expires after 7 days. Offer is only available to customers who deposit using Debit/Credit or Paypal. T&Cs Apply.
    Bet £20, get £20 in free bets
    New BetStars customers only. Place a bet of £20 on any sportsbook market with odds of at least 2.0 (evens) and you'll receive 2x £10 free bets. 18+. T&Cs apply.
    Bet £20 Get £40
    New customers only. 18+, Minimum deposit £10. Place any sportsbook bet (except Racing) of £20+ at minimum odds of 1.40 (2/5) to receive your free bets and casino bonus. 35x wagering on casino bonus. Free bet will expire 7 days after opt in. £20 Casino bonus will expire after 30 days of opt-in.
    Bet £5, get £20 in free bets
    18+. UK+IRE only. Min first bet £5. Must be placed within 14 days of account reg. £20 credited as 4 x £5 free bets. Not valid with CashOut. Free bet valid for 4 days. Free bet stake not returned. T&Cs Apply.
    Bet £10, get £30 in free bets
    New customers only – Minimum deposit of £10 using deposit code 30f - A qualifying bet is a ‘real money’ stake of at least £10 placed on any sports market - Minimum odds of 1/2 (1.5) - Free bets credited upon qualifying bet settlement and expire after 7 days - Free bet stakes not included in returns - Deposit balance is available for withdrawal at any time. General deposit method & withdrawal restrictions apply & full T&C’s apply.
T&Cs apply. 18+. Gamble responsibly.

Let your friends know about this article! Share it on your favourite social media!

User Rating: no ratingno ratingno ratingno ratingno rating / 0

Poor  Best 


Betting Tips

Free Bets

Follow Us