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. Henry de Bromhead's Telmesomethinggirl produced a fine display under Rachael Blackmore to claim victory in last year's Mares' Novices' Hurdle at odds of 5/1. This article contains our Mares Novices Hurdle betting preview with free predictions, tips, best odds, free bets and no deposit bonuses on the 2022 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 Parnell Properties Mares Novices Hurdle and try to determine which horse is likely to prevail.
Who will win the Mares Novices Hurdle 2022?
DINOBLUE has only raced once and, despite making a huge impression, she will take on some much more experienced rivals in this event. In her only outing she won her hurdling debut at Clonmel in January, beating a subsequent winner by 15 lengths in totally dominant fashion.
BRANDY LOVE, trained by Willie Mullins, bolted up on Hurdles debut but was beaten by stablemate Allegorie De Vassy at Fairyhouse when she hung and jumped badly left. She wasn’t seen again until the Grade 2 Mares Bumper at the Dublin Racing Festival, when was unable to quicken up when the taps were turned, and finished third.
After finishing behind Impervious at Down Royal, PARTY CENTRAL rocketed back into form with a Listed win at Punchestown and then a handicap success at Leopardstown few weeks ago, beating stablemate Say Goodbye that day.
SAY GOODBYE is yet to win in four starts so far this season. Gordon Elliott’s mare was picked off by the vastly more experienced French Made on her first hurdles start, before finishing second to 137-rated Western Victory in a Listed race at Gowran Park in October. Jordan Gainford’s mount was then well-beaten behind Lunar Display at Wexford.
The Colm Murphy-trained IMPERVIOUS won a Grade 3 race at Down Royal earlier in the season, beating Party Central in the process.
GRANGEE arrives here with plenty of credentials after a good effort in last year’s Champion Bumper and a credible fourth in a Grade 1 earlier this season, as well as MIGHTY BLUE, who stayed on from the rear to place third in this race 12 months ago.
STATUAIRE was a shock Grade 1 winner of the Royal Bond Novice Hurdle earlier in the season, but she was below par when finishing well behind Sir Gerhard last time out.
Dark Horses?LOVE ENVOI is unbeaten in five races including when winning at Sandown in the grade 2 Jane Seymour Mares Novices’ Hurdle. That was a Grade 2 mares novices’ event, and she may well catch the eye.
Dan Skelton's NURSE SUSAN cantered to two easy victories earlier in the season but was comfortably put in her place by Love Envoi when they met at Lingfield in January.
NINA THE TERRIER, HEIA and HORS PIST also deserve a mention.
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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 6 favourites won
- 5 of the 6 winners were in the top 3 in the betting
- All 6 winners were trained in Ireland - five by Willie Mullins
- All 6 winners had never won at Cheltenham before - only two had run
- 4 of the 6 winners were rated 141 or higher
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2022 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 17, 2022 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 2022 Cheltenham Festival will be £90,000.
Who won the Mares' Novices Hurdle last year?
Last year's renewal was won by Telmesomethinggirl at SP of 5/1, trained by Henry de Bromhead and ridden by Rachael Blackmore.
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 6 winners so far. Last year's winning trainer was Henry de Bromhead - he saddled the first and second.