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

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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.


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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.

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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.

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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

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