Mares Novice Hurdle Tips 2021 – Trends, Odds, Preview and Ante-post Tip (Day 3 4.50pm)

The Daylesford 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 Odds

Royal Kahala7/1bet365
Gypsy Island10/1bet365
The Glancing Queen14/1bet365
Echoes In Rain20/1William Hill
Skyace20/1William Hill
Hook Up20/1bet365
Queens Brook25/1William Hill
Pink Sheets 25/1bet365


Mares Novices’ Hurdle Preview

  • Willie Mullins’ contenders
  • Royal Kahala & Gypsey Island
  • The Glancing Queen
  • Roseys Hollow
  • Mrs Hyde


Willie Mullins’ contenders

The pick of his entries this year appear to be 5-year-old Gauloise (5/1) and the 6-year-old Shewearsitwell (7/1) who, unsurprisingly, head the ante-post betting. Both mares have similar credentials insofar as they are both unbeaten, neither has yet to be fully tested and, by that very fact, both fall into the ‘could be anything’ category. It will be interesting to see which, if either, is the choice of stable jockey Paul Townend in due course.


Royal Kahala & Gypsy Island

Of course, Mullins has no God-given right to win again and, why that may not prevent him from doing so, compatriot Peter Fahey also holds a very strong hand with Royal Kahala (9/1) and Gypsy Island (10/1). Royal Kahala is unbeaten over hurdles and completed a hat-trick when comfortably taking the scalp of another Mullins-trained mate, Hook Up (20/1), at Fairyhouse in early January. Gypsy Island, on the other hand, has not been seen in public since May, 2019, and despite four wins in ‘bumpers’, was beaten on her sole start over hurdles the previous November. However, that narrow defeat, at the hands of subsequent Arkle Challenge Trophy winner Put The Kettle On, was the subject of a stewards’ enquiry and she retains immeasurable potential.


The Glancing Queen

According to the bookmakers, The Glancing Queen (14/1), trained by Alan King, may well spearhead the home challenge. The stoutly-bred 7-year-old has already run at the Cheltenham Festival twice before, finishing unplaced in the Weatherbys Champion Bumper in 2019 and again last year. She proved no match for Bravemansgame when third, beaten 10½ lengths, in the Grade One Challow Novices’ Hurdle at Newbury in December, but has been mightily impressive in lesser company on either side of that effort.


Roseys Hollow

County Cork trainer Jonathan Sweeney only has a small string of horses but has developed a reputation for ‘punching above his weight’, particularly with mares, so Roseys Hollow (33/1), owned by J.P. McManus, is definitely worth a second look. The daughter of dual purpose sire Beat Hollow has been restricted to four starts, spread over three seasons, so far, but was the comfortable winner of a mares’ maiden hurdle at Fairyhouse in January and remains open to significant improvement.


Mrs Hyde

At longer odds, Mrs. Hyde (40/1) has made steady progress since joining Brian Ellison from Mick Channon in July, 2020. She has won four of her six starts for her new yard and lowered the colours of the 155-rated Verdana Blue, to whom she was conceding 2lb, in a Listed race at Wetherby in October. She has been absent since finishing a 3¾-length third behind Pink Sheets (25/1) and Ahorsewithnoname (40/1) in a similar contest at Newbury the following month, but remains one to consider.


Mares Novices Hurdle Betting Tips

Mullins’ monopoly on the Daylesford Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle may be hard to break but, in search of value-for-money, the suggestion is Roseys Hollow, whose proven stamina should prove an asset up the infamous Cheltenham hill.

EACH-WAY BET: Roseys Hollow – 33/1 with William Hill.

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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

TimeRaceCurrent Odds
1.20pmMarsh Novices' Hurdle10/11
1.55pmPertemps Network Final10/1
2.30pmRyanair Chase12/1
3.05pmStayers Hurdle4/1
3.40pmBrown Advisory Plate25/1
4.15pmMares' Novices Hurdle33/1
4.50pmKim Muir Handicap20/1