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. Denise Foster's Black Tears was a shock winner of the Mares' Hurdle at 11/1, beating the red-hot favourite Concertista by a narrow margin. This article contains our Mares Hurdle race preview with free predictions, tips, betting trends, best odds, free bets and no deposit bonuses on the 2022 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.
We take a closer look at this year's David Nicholson Mares’ Hurdle and try to determine which horse is likely to prevail.
Who will win the Mares' Hurdle 2022?
TELLMESOMETHINGGIRL failed to build on her impressive Mares' Novices' Hurdle at last year's Cheltenham Festival when she upped to three miles at Punchestown the following month. Anyway, her latest third-placed effort at Leopardstown, under the biggest penalty in the field, was very encouraging and we know she loves Prestbury Park.
STORMY IRELAND won the Punchestown Festival’s equivalent of this race last season. She disappointed then but looked back to something like her best with Willie Mullins and took the Grade 2 Relkeel Hurdle at this venue on New Year’s Day.
Willie Mullins’ BURNING VICTORY also has Grade 1-winning form in the book having won the 2020 Triumph Hurdle. She finished in front of some talented rivals when third in the Christmas Hurdle in December but doubts remains about her stamina.
Gordon Elliott's QUEENS BROOK, who finished third in the 2020 Champion Bumper, recorded a four-length victory over Ciel De Neige in November. We expect her to be in the mix.
ECHOES IN RAIN enjoyed a purple patch last spring where a hat-trick of wins was capped by Grade 1 honours in a Punchestown Festival novice hurdle. This season she was no match for Sharjah but finished 7 lenghts behind Honeysuckle albeit in a steadily run contest.
MARIE'S ROCK ran a creditable race without troubling the judge in the Greatwood Hurdle in November. Then she stepped up to this range, and won either side of a non-completion at Kempton Park when badly hampered by a faller.
HEAVEN HELP US split Royal Kahala and Telmesomethinggirl at Leopardstown, losing out by just a neck. Paul Hennessy’s stable star boasts a strong record around Cheltenham, winning the Coral Cup 12 months ago.
MRS MILNER won last year's Pertemps Final Handicap over 3m with a stylish finishing effort up the Cheltenham hill. She may lack the turn of foot required to trouble some speedier types in the race.
After finishing well-beaten behind Telmesomethinggirl in the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle last year, MARTELLO SKY has won four of her last five starts, including two races at Cheltenham. Anyway, her official rating of 144 surely leaves her vulnerable in Grade 1 company, even in mares-only company.
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MARES HURDLE TRENDS
- 7 of the 14 favourites won (6 of those were Quevega)
- 12 of the 14 winners were Irish trained (9 by Willie Mullins)
- 13 of the 14 winners had previously won over 2½ miles or further
- 11 of the 14 winners won on their last run before the Mares Hurdle
- 10 of the 14 winners were rated at least 150
- 5 of the last 7 winners were aged 7
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MARES' HURDLE FAQs
What is the distance of the Mares' Hurdle?
The Mares' Hurdle is run on a distance of 2 miles, 3 furlongs and 200 yards
How many obstacles are jumped in the Mares' Hurdle?
There are 9 obstacles to jump for the Mares' Hurdle runners
What time is the Mares' Hurdle?
The Mares' Hurdle is the 5th race run on Day 1 of the Cheltenham Festival. That falls on Tuesday March 15, 2022 and the official starting time is 4:10pm.
What is the prize money for the Mares' Hurdle?
The total prize money on offer for the Mares' Hurdle at the 2022 Cheltenham Festival will be £120,000.
Who won the Mares' Hurdle last year?
Last year's renewal was won by Black Tears at SP of 11/1 trained by Gordon Elliott and ridden by Denise Foster.
What weights are carried for the Mares' Hurdle?
11 st 5 lb (5yo+). 10 st 10 lb (4yo).
Who is the leading jockey in the Mares' Hurdle?
Ruby Walsh rode 8 winners in the last 10 years before retirement. All 8 of these winners was for Willie Mullins. Paul Townend took over that Ruby Walsh's position.Harry Skelton is another jockey worth noting with a winner (Roksana in 2019) and two places from five rides in the race.
Who is the leading trainer in the Mares' Hurdle?
Willie Mullins has dominated the race to date, albeit Quevega represents 6 of his 9 wins. Denise Foster (2021), Henry De Bromhead (2020), Dan Skelton (2019), Gordon Elliott (2017), and Donald McCain (2008) have trained the other five winners.