Jane Seymour Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle

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Mares must be four years old or older to compete in the Grade 2 Jane Seymour Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle.

The Jane Seymour Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle takes place on the 15th of February 2024.

The Jane Seymour Mares Novices Hurdle is a Grade 2 race for mares aged four and upwards over two and a half miles.

It takes place at Sandown Park in February and has produced the last two winners of the Dawn Run Mares Novices Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival; Love Envoi (2022) and You Wear It Well (2023).

This is a big race in February 2024.

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Jane Seymour Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle

Race Overview – Jane Seymour Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle

There are nine hurdles to clear throughout the event, which is raced at Sandown Park over a distance of around 2 miles and 4 furlongs (2 miles, 3 furlongs, and 173 yards, or 3,980 metres).

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Famous Jane Seymour Mares Novices Hurdle Winners

The Jane Seymour Mares Novices Hurdle was first run in 2013 as a Listed race and was awarded Grade 2 status in 2016. The inaugural running was won by Nicky Henderson’s Utopie Des Bordes who finished a respectable fifth in the Albert Bartlett at Cheltenham next time. She then finished runner-up in the Grade 2 Mersey Novices’ Hurdle at Aintree.

In 2014 the race was won by Tagrita for Paul Nicholls with the event staged at Wincanton after Sandown was abandoned. Willie Mullins then won it for Ireland with Ulranna, ridden by Ruby Walsh before Harry Fry trained the winner for the first time with Jessber’s Dream. She ran the race of her life next time to chase home Jer’s Girl in a Grade 1 at Fairyhouse.

Fry would claim the prize for a second time with Love Envoi in 2022, the first mare to win here and at the Cheltenham Festival. She started at odds of 15-2 at Cheltenham when beating 50-1 outsider Ahorsewithnoname by a length and a quarter in the Dawn Run. The tough and consistent mare returned to Prestbury Park in 2023 and gave dual Champion Hurdle winner Honeysuckle a scare when second in the David Nicholson Mares’ Hurdle.

You Wear It Well then repeated the feat in 2023, trained by Jamie Snowden and ridden by Gavin Sheehan. She had been a comfortable winning favourite here but was allowed to start at 16-1 for the Dawn Run. She was given a great front-running ride and came home unchallenged ahead of Magical Zoe and Halka Du Tabert.

Key Jane Seymour Mares Novices Hurdle Trials

There are no obvious trials for the Jane Seymour with mares coming from various races. What is significant is that seven of the last eleven winners had been successful on their previous outing. Four of the last five winners have run in the Mares Novice Hurdle at Cheltenham next time with Love Envoi (2022) and You Wear It Well (2023) both successful.

Favourites have an exceptional record in this event with nine winners in the past eleven seasons. Only one of those returned odds-on and that was Love Envoi at 10-11. The only shock result so far in the history of this race was the 18-1 victory of Anythingforlove. She, like You Wear It Well, was trained by Jamie Snowden with Page Fuller doing the steering.

Jane Seymour Mares Novices Hurdle – Top Trainers and Jockeys

Harry Fry and Jamie Snowden have each trained the winner twice. Fry was successful with Jessber’s Dream (2016) and Love Envoi (2022). Snowden trained Anythingforlove (2021) and You Wear It Well (2023). No jockey has ridden the winner of this race more than once in its short history to date.

Betting on the Jane Seymour Mares Novices Hurdle

The Jane Seymour Mares Novices Hurdle has so far proved very lucrative for favourite backers. Until 2022 the winners weren’t really underlining the form but the Cheltenham victories of Love Envoi and You Wear It Well have put this race firmly on the radar for Festival clues.

Summary of the Jane Seymour Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle

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