The Parnell Properties Mares Novices Hurdle is the newest race at the Cheltenham Festival and this will only be the seventh running of the race. Hearry Fry's Love Envoi produced a fine display under Jonathan Burke to claim victory in last year's Mares' Novices' Hurdle at odds of 15/2. This article contains our Mares Novices Hurdle betting preview with free predictions, tips, best odds, free bets and no deposit bonuses on the 2023 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 take a closer look at this year's Dawn Run Mares Novices Hurdle and try to determine which horse is likely to prevail.
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Who will win the Mares Novices Hurdle 2023?
LUCCIA has been heavily backed. She’s won two flat contests in 2022 by a wide margin and followed that form over hurdles beating She’s A Saint and Palace Boy in Class 1 events. She won at Exeter last month, finishing ahead of Lallygag and Western Zephyr, and remains unbeaten in two bumpers as she also won a graded bumper at Sandown this time last year. Her jumping (aside from the last at Exeter) has been almost faultless
Henry De Bromhead’s MAGICAL ZOE is unbeaten in three starts. She began life over hurdles with an effortless victory at Cork last September, then won the Grade 3 Mares Novice Hurdle at Down Royal back in November.
YOU WEAR IT WELL has won three of her four starts over obstacles this season, with her only loss coming when a decent second to the highly-regarded Ballymore Novices' Hurdle favourite Hermes Allen in the Challow Novices' Hurdle at Newbury.
ASHROE DIAMOND, who suffered a life-threatening injury following her bumper victory at Aintree last season. This season she recorded a Grade Three victory against her fellow mares at Fairyhouse and placed third in both the Royal Bond and the Future Champions at Leopardstown.
LOT OF JOY broke her national hunt duck when a 12L winner of a Fairyhouse maiden hurdle in February while JETARA ran well on her hurdles debut at Leopardstown behind High Definition and confirmed she was no fluke when finishing second to Ashroe Diamond at Fairyhouse.
PRINCESS ZOE is a former group one flat winner who dead heated on her jumping debut at Punchestown. Tony Mullins' will be one to watch here for sure.
MULLENBEG thrashed You Wear It Well in a bumper at Ludlow last January, before following up in the Listed flat race on Trials Day at Cheltenham winning by eight widening lengths. She also had an excellent run against the geldings in the Adonis Hurdle at Kempton.
Other possible contenders are HALKA DU TABERT, ZENTA, LADYBANK, SHECOULDBEANYTHING, BELLE THE LIONESS and ENDLESS ESCAPE.
At the moment, the most backed horses are the following:
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MARES NOVICES HURDLE TRENDS
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.
- 3 of the 7 favourites won
- 5 of the 7 winners returned 5/1 or shorter
- 4 of the last 7 winners won last time out
- 6 of the 7 winners were trained in Ireland - five by Willie Mullins
- All 7 winners had never won at Cheltenham before - only two had run
- 5 of the 7 winners were rated 140 or higher
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2023 MARES' NOVICES HURDLE FAQs
What time is the Mares' Novices Hurdle?
The Mares' Novices Hurdle is the 6th race run on Day 3 of the Cheltenham Festival. That falls on Thursday March 16, 2023 and the official starting time is 4:50pm.
How many obstacles are jumped in the Mares' Novices Hurdle?
There are 8 obstacles to jump for the Mares' Novices Hurdle runners
What is the distance of the Mares' Novices Hurdle?
The Mares' Novices Hurdle is run on a distance of 2 miles and 1 furlong
What is the prize money for the Mares' Novices Hurdle?
The total prize money on offer for the Mares' Novices Hurdle at the 2023 Cheltenham Festival will be £90,000.
Who won the Mares' Novices Hurdle last year?
Last year's renewal was won by Love Envoi at SP of 15/2, trained by Harry Fry and ridden by Jonathan Burke.
What weights are carried for the Mares' Novices Hurdle?
11 st 2 lb (5yo+). 10 st 9 lb (4yo).
Who is the leading jockey in the Mares' Novices Hurdle?
The now retired Ruby Walsh has won the first two editions of the race. His substitute Paul Townend won the 2018 renewal.
Who is the leading trainer in the Mares' Novices Hurdle?
Willie Mullins trained 5 out of 7 winners so far. Two years ago Henry de Bromhead saddled the first and second.