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Mares Novices Hurdle Betting Tips, Predictions, Preview & Free Bets (Cheltenham 2019 - DAY 3)

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The Dawn Run Mares Novices Hurdle is the newest race at the Cheltenham Festival and this will only be the fourth running of the race. Last year, Laurina was one of the most impressive winners of the Festival as the 4/7 favourite destroyed her rivals by no less than 17 lengths for trainer Willie Mullins. This article contains our Mares Novices Hurdle betting preview with free predictions, tips, best odds, free bets and no deposit bonuses on the 2019 Cheltenham Festival.

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It's a Grade 2 National Hunt hurdle race open to mares and fillies, run over two miles and one furlong, for horses aged four years and upwards. This race was created to attract the top novice mares in the United Kingdom, and presents a showcase of future mare talent that will be aimed at either the Mares Hurdle or the Champion Hurdle.

Hence, it is a great starting point for mares who are just short of top class, and unable to take on the boys in one of the open novice races.

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

EPATANTE bolted up at Kempton in November. The five-year-old won the Novices Hurdle by 3 ½ lengths from Ey Up Rocky and has made a blemish-free start to life over hurdles. Two comfortable victories have followed, the most recent of which came around Exeter, where Epatante jumped beautifully before cruising home to claim a four-length victory without ever coming off the bridle.

POSH TRISH only started her hurdling career back in October, where she won the Novice Hurdle qualifier by a distance of four lengths from Festival Dawn. She recovered well from a surprising defeat at Newbury in November, winning the Ladbrokes Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle on the same track on the opening day in December. As a result, she has won four of her five starts.

SINORIA has secured some fine results running against the boys. Under an excellent ride from Rachael Blackmore, De Bromhead’s six-year-old fought back to beat Chosen Mate to a Listed prize on her last start. Anyway, she could head to either the Ballymore or the Martin Pipe.

ELUSIVE BELLE made a very good impression on her debut at Wincanton in January. The 5yo travelled well and ended up trouncing the opposition, she came home clear by 19 lengths and looks a very exciting prospect indeed.

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LUST FOR GLORY has some ground to make up on Posh Trish, but she bounced back from a head-to-head loss with a good win up at Newcastle

QUEENOHEARTS and is now 2-3 over hurdles after an impressive win at Sandown last time out when she was 13/8 favourite. Since meeting with defeat on her hurdling debut at Chepstow, the six-year-old has rattled up a hat-trick of wins – culminating with victory in a Grade Two at Sandown. She also won a Listed bumper last year, and 2m3f race at Haydock back in December.

SANCTA SIMONA won her first two starts over hurdles including a Grade 3 contest at Down Royal in November. She reappeared at Leopardstown at the Christmas meeting and was a second to Aramon in a Grade 1.

INDEFATIGABLE has come out and placed second to Lady Buttons in another mares contest. Paul Webber’s mare undoubtely has the quality to out-run her odds.

Gordon Elliott's BLACK TEARS was a good second in the Punchestown Mares Flat Race in April. She has been a heavily backed favourite in both of her starts over hurdles so far and has yet to win.

EMILY MOON scored in impressive fashion at Naas on her last run - by twelve lengths pulling up, and her time was faster than the other two-mile races that day. Two-miles suits her very well and every drop of rain will suit her really well.

Winner of three of her four starts in ordinary company, Willie Mullins' MY SISTER SARAH has a stone to find on ratings. But these are highly progressive youngsters and one has to respect the trainer.

Other names to follow?


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

  • Ladbrokes Betting BonusEpatante  9/4Bet
  • Paddy Power Betting BonusPosh Trish  13/2Bet
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  • Unibet Betting BonusElusive Belle  16/1Bet
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The Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle is one of the newest additions to the Cheltenham Festival, having only been introduced in 2016. Of course, there are not so many trends to take into account.

  • All 3 winners were favourites
  • All 3 winners were trained by Willie Mullins
  • All 3 past winners won last time out
  • All 3 winners had won at least a Grade Three previously
  • All 3 winners were French-bred and started their jumping careers in France
  • All 3 winners were aged five


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