Mares Novice Hurdle Tips 2022 – Trends, Odds, Preview and Ante-post Tip (Day 3 4.50pm)

The Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle, a.k.a. the Dawn Run Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle, is a Grade Two contest run over 2 miles 1 furlong on the New Course at Cheltenham.

As the name suggests, the race is restricted to mares and fillies which, before the start of the current season, had yet to win a race over hurdles; it was added to the Cheltenham Festival schedule in 2016.

Since its inception, the Daylesford Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle has been dominated by Willie Mullins, who has saddled 19 runners – more than double the number of any other trainer – and won all five renewals so far.


Mares Novices Hurdle Betting Tip

The Mares Novice Hurdle had been a Willie Mullins benefit in its first 5 runnings with the Closutton handler saddling the first 5 winners in the race (including 4 of the first 5 in 2020) until Telmesomesomethinggirl scored for the woman of the moment Rachel Blackmore last year.

Mullins again holds the key in this year’s renewal, despite the late defection of the hugely impressive Allegorie de Vassy whose victory in the Solerina had propelled her to the top of the Market. Second that day was current favourite Brandy Love, who would surely have won bar jumping left at every hurdle, culminating in her almost joining the patrons in the Bobbyjo Bistro at the second last. Although many would see a return to going left-handed as a tonic to that problem, and despite the fact that she clearly has massive ability, the violent nature of some of those jumps would be a concern and at prohibitive odds, I will cautiously look elsewhere.

I am also dubious about next in the betting Dinoblue who is a talking horse from the Cheltenham Festival preview circuit and whose form in her one run does not justify her skinny price. Previous winner Concertista was a second season novice having her second go in the race, a profile similar to Joseph O’Brien’s Mighty Blue, who travelled sweetly into last year’s race. However, she fell when seemingly held on her only start over hurdles this year and is far from a certain participant. (A 20/1 NRNB price would tempt me though).

The last 2 winners of this race have come 3rd in the Paddy Mullins Mares Handicap at the DRF, and the winner of this year’s renewal, Party Central, has attracted support. However, she is a Tricky ride and was actually beaten in the DRF mares bumper last year by my selection GRANGEE (8/1). She was far from disgraced against Supreme horses Mighty Potter and Three Stripe Life at Christmas and according to Brian Cooper, was travelling well when coming down in the previously mentioned Solerina. She will have to defy some stats (6/6 winners had come in the top 3 in their previous start and had also placed in a graded/listed race) but with the race in its infancy, those stats could be misleading and I think she will go very close at an each-way price.

GRANGEE (8/1 with bet365)

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Mares Novices Hurdle Recent Winners

Year Horse Jockey Trainer
2016 Limini Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins
2017 Let’s Dance Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins
2018 Laurina Paul Townend Willie Mullins
2019 Eglantine Du Seuil Noel Fehily Willie Mullins
2020 Concertista Daryl Jacob Willie Mullins


Mares Novice Hurdle 2020 Result

1st – Concerista (9/2)

2nd – Dolcita (9/1)

3rd – Rayna’s World (100/1)

4th – Yukon Lil (20/1)


Cheltenham 2021 Day 3 Tips

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