Mares Hurdle Betting Tips 2021 – Trends, Odds, Racecard and Predictions

The Mares Hurdle was one of the races of the Cheltenham Festival last season. We saw a titanic battle between Honeysuckle and Benie Des Dieux with neither horse giving the other an inch.

Honeysuckle had cleverly nipped up the inside of the field before they turned for home and outpaced her main rival Benie Des Dieux to maintain her unbeaten streak under rules.

Since its inception at the festival in 2008, the Mare’s Hurdle has been dominated by Ireland, and specifically Willie Mullins.

Mullins holds nine winning titles, six of which were won by the superb Que Vega consecutively from 2009 to 2014.


Mares Hurdle 2021 Odds

Benie Des Dieux8/1bet365
Dam De Compagnie12/1William Hill
Veranda Blue14/1William Hill
Great White Shark20/1bet365
Elimay20/1William Hill


2021 Mares Hurdle Preview

This is one of those races where it is a nightmare for punters to bet ante-post. Hopefully, the new declaration rules will help but none the less, it is a tough betting heat. Three years ago we had the debacle surrounding Limini and Vroom Vroom Mag with Rich Ricci not deciding which race they would run in.

Willie Mullins has dominated this race with superstar Quevega, Glen’s Melody in that infamous Annie Power fall race and then Vroom Vroom Mag in 2016. Apple’s Jade was a beaten 1/2 favourite in 2019 and Benie Des Dieux was turned over at 4/6 in 2020.


Mares Hurdle Main Contenders

  • Honeysuckle
  • Concertista
  • Minella Melody
  • Benie Des Dieux
  • Dame De Compagnie
  • Floressa



Honeysuckle is class, it is as simple as that. She can both run all over the field and battle on tenaciously to grind out a tough win.

She was last seen doing just that, with Ronald Pump coming late on, to win the Hatton’s Grace Hurdle at Fairyhouse in November.

Honeysuckle already has five Grade-One honours, beating a host of top-class challengers along the way.

Honeysuckle could yet have a tilt at the Champion Hurdle but with regards to the Mare’s Hurdle, Willie Mullins carries a very serious threat as well.



Concertista can be found with some bookies as the joint-favourite for the Mare’s Hurdle in March, and you couldn’t argue against this based on what we’ve seen this season.

Paul Townend delivered her perfectly in the Advent Insurance Irish EBF Mares Hurdle at Leopardstown at the end of December, this horse has serious pace.

Townend waited patiently and let his rivals make the running before he and his rapid mount struck in the home straight.

This description could be used for her win in the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle at last year’s festival too, it was very impressive and she has kicked on this season.

Concertista has deservingly earned joint-favouritism for the Mare’s Hurdle with Honeysuckle; they are two very fast horses that would produce a mouthwatering affair.


Minella Melody

Minella Melody was a valiant runner-up to Concertista last time out at Leopardstown, she kept on up the home straight having led with two flights to jump.

She is lightly raced for a seven-year-old and has beaten top horses in the past, including the Grade One-winning Colreevey.

Henry De Bromhead’s mare was poor in the Mare’s Novice’s Hurdle at the last festival, she has come on this season with three consecutive second-place finishes.

Minella Melody has been beaten by Concertista on her last two appearances so at a price of 28/1 for the Mare’s Hurdle, an each-way bet might not go a miss.


Benie Des Dieux

You also must not forget about the fantastic Benie Des Dieux. Since moving to the Mullins stable in 2016, this superb mare has won four Grade Ones.

She won the Mare’s Hurdle at the festival in 2018 and heartbreakingly fell in 2019 when on course to defend her crown.

The 10-year-old Benie Des Dieux is yet to race this season and has different options in terms of entries at the festival.

The mare had a great showdown with Honeysuckle in last year’s Mare’s Hurdle, both runners produced fine leaps at the last and the former champion could only manage second.


Dame De CompagnieFloressa

Nicky Henderson will have to lead the British challenge for this race, as former Mare’s Hurdle champion Roksana will likely go to the Stayer’s Hurdle for Dan Skelton.

Dame De Compagnie and Floressa could represent the yard at Seven Barrows, but both would need to perform like never before.

Dame De Compagnie was superb when winning the Coral Cup at last year’s festival but we are yet to see the mare this season.


Mares Hurdle Ante-post Betting Tip

It is very hard to oppose Honeysuckle as she has been so brilliant under rules. She is versatile, fast and very tough to beat.

Concertista can blow away fields in the same way as Honeysuckle but she hasn’t beaten the horses that Honeysuckle has.

Both top mares have proven they can perform on the big stage at Cheltenham too so we could be set for another superb showdown in the Mare’s Hurdle.

WIN BET – Honeysuckle: 3/1 with Betfred.

DANGER – Concertista: 3/1 with bet365.

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Mares Hurdle Trends

  • Age – 9 of the last 12 winners were aged 5-7
  • Price – 7 of the last 12 winners have been favourite, 11/12 winners were in the top 3 in the betting
  • Last Run – 9/12 winners won on their last run before the Mares Hurdle, 7/12 winners ran within the last 52 days
  • Previous Course Form – 7/12 winners had at least 1 previous run at Cheltenham, 5/12 had at least 1 previous win at Cheltenham
  • Previous Distance Form – 12/12 winners had at least 2 previous runs over 19-21 furlongs, 10/12 winners had at least 3 previous runs over 19-21 furlongs, 12/12 had at least 1 previous win over 19-21 furlongs, 10/12 winners had at least 2 previous wins over 19-21 furlongs
  • Previous Hurdle Form – 11/12 winners had at least 5 previous runs over hurdles, 11/12 had at least 3 previous wins over hurdles
  • Rating – 10/12 winners had a rating of 150 or higher
  • Graded Wins – 10/12 winners had at least 1 previous win in a Grade 1-3 race


Mares Hurdle Last 10 Winners

Year Horse Jockey Trainer
2009 Quevega Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins
2010 Quevega Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins
2011 Quevega Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins
2012 Quevega Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins
2013 Quevega Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins
2014 Quevega Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins
2015 Glens Melody Paul Townend Willie Mullins
2016 Vroum Vroum Mag Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins
2017 Apple’s Jade Bryan Cooper Gordon Elliott
2018 Benie Des Dieux Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins
2019 Roksana Harry Skelton Dan Skelton
2020 Honeysuckle Rachael Blackmore Henry De Bromhead


Mares Hurdle 2020 Result

1st – Honeysuckle (9/4)

2nd – Benie Des Dieux (4/6)

3rd – Elfile (16/1)

4th – Roksana (12/1)


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