The Mares Novices Hurdle is run as part of the Cheltenham Festival.
The Dawn Run Mares Novices Hurdle is a Grade 2 race for fillies and mares at the Cheltenham Festival in March. It is over an extended two miles and was first run in 2016 when the festival was extended to 28 races. Willie Mullins trained the first five winners including the impressive Limini (2016), Laurina (2018) and Concertista (2020). Harry Fry’s Love Envoi became the first British-trained winner in 2022.
Find out more about the Mares Hurdle now:
- 1 Mares Novices Hurdle Overview
- 2 Mares Novices Hurdle 2023 Odds
- 3 Mares Novices Hurdle Previous Winners
- 4 Famous Dawn Run Mares Novices Hurdle Winners
- 5 Key Dawn Run Mares Novices Hurdle Trials
- 6 Dawn Run Mares Novices Hurdle Betting Trends
- 7 Dawn Run Mares Novices Hurdle – Top Trainers and Jockeys
- 8 Betting on the Dawn Run Mares Novices Hurdle
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Mares Novices Hurdle Overview
The Dawn Run Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle, renamed the Parnell Properties Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle for sponsorship reasons, is a Grade 2 National Hunt hurdle event held for fillies and mares aged four and up.
It is run over a distance of around 2 miles and 1 furlong on the New Course at Cheltenham, and there are eight hurdles to jump during the race.
The race is for novice hurdlers, and it takes place every year in March during the Cheltenham Festival.
Mares Novices Hurdle 2023 Odds
Listed below are the 2023 odds for Mares Novices Hurdles:
- Luccia – 10-1
- Mullenbeg – 16-1
- Bombay Sapphire – 20-1
- Foxy Girl – 25-1
- Walk In The Brise – 33-1
- Night And Day – 33-1
Mares Novices Hurdle Previous Winners
|2016||Limini||5||Ruby Walsh||Willie Mullins|
|2017||Let’s Dance||5||Ruby Walsh||Willie Mullins|
|2018||Laurina||5||Paul Townend||Willie Mullins|
|2019||Eglantine Du Seuil||5||Noel Fehily||Willie Mullins|
|2020||Concertista||6||Daryl Jacob||Willie Mullins|
|2021||Telmesomethinggirl||6||Rachael Blackmore||Henry de Bromhead|
|2022||Love Envoi||6||Jonathan Burke||Harry Fry|
Famous Dawn Run Mares Novices Hurdle Winners
The inaugural running in 2016 was won in brilliant fashion by the highly-touted Limini, trained by Willie Mullins and ridden by Ruby Walsh. She was made odds-on favourite on the strength of an effortless victory in a Grade 3 race at Leopardstown on her previous start. Walsh had her perfectly poised behind the leaders and she quickened impressively to win by four and a half lengths.
Limini never quite lived up to the hype but she was a grand mare and finished a close third to Apple’s Jade the following year in the Mares Hurdle. She had enough speed to switch back to the flat and win an £80,000 handicap in 2018.
Let’s Dance followed up for Mullins and Walsh in 2017 and another potential star was unveiled in Laurina in 2018. Paul Townend took the reins and she was even shorter than Limini in the betting at 4-7. She justified the odds when cantering to an 18 lengths victory. The Champion Hurdle was her aim in 2019 and she started 5-2 after easy wins at Sandown and Punchestown. She faded to finish a well beaten fourth behind Espoir D’Allen.
Mullins duly made it 4/4 in 2019 but it did not go the way that the market had predicted. He saddled a 1-2 with 50-1 chance Eglantine Du Seuil beating 66-1 chance Concertista by a short head. The disappointment of the race was Nicky Henderson’s Epatante who trailed in only ninth. She would of course bounce back to claim the Champion Hurdle the following year.
The Mullins nap-hand of five winners was completed by Concertista the following season. She won by 12 lengths in the hands of Daryl Jacob. The mare took the same route as Limini and started favourite for the Mares Hurdle in 2021, losing out by a head to Black Tears in a pulsating finish.
Key Dawn Run Mares Novices Hurdle Trials
The best trial for the Dawn Run Novices Hurdle has been the Solerina Mares Hurdle at Fairyhouse. Two of the last seven winners of that race have run here, both being successful. Two winners of the Mares Handicap Hurdle at Leopardstown have also run in this race but both were beaten.
Three of the first six winners returned to the Cheltenham Festival the following season to contest the Mares Hurdle. Concertista (2020) and Limini (2016) finished second and third respectively and Telmesomethinggirl (2021) was brought down.
Dawn Run Mares Novices Hurdle Betting Trends
The first three winners of this race were all heavily-backed favourites; Limini (2016) 8-11, Let’s Dance (2017) 11-8 and Laurina (2018) 4-7. Bookmakers feared this race would become a Mullins benefit and so it proved, although they had few complaints when the stable won with 50-1 chance Eglantine Du Seuil in 2019.
Normal service was resumed in 2020 with Concertista a well-supported 9-2 chance. Henry De Bromhead’s Telmesomethinggirl (2021) was 5-1 second favourite and Love Envoi (2022) a 15-2 chance.
Dawn Run Mares Novices Hurdle – Top Trainers and Jockeys
Willie Mullins enjoyed a monopoly in this race for the first five years; Limini (2016), Let’s Dance (2017), Laurina (2018), Eglantine Du Seuil (2019) and Concertista (2020). He ran four in the 2021 renewal but none could land a blow behind the Henry de Bromhead duo of Telmesomethinggirl and Magic Daze. Ruby Walsh rode the first two winners of this race with the next five winners all ridden by different jockeys. Rachael Blackmore won on Telmesomethinggirl in 2021.
Betting on the Dawn Run Mares Novices Hurdle
The Dawn Run Mares Novices Hurdle is still a relatively new race in the Cheltenham Festival programme. The domination of Willie Mullins was temporarily halted by the victories of Telmesomethinggirl and Love Envoi but he is sure to have plenty of firepower for future editions. Apart from the 50-1 shock result in 2019, this race has gone the way of fancied horses.
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What distance is the Mares Novices Hurdle?
The Mares Novices Hurdle is around 2 miles long.
What date is the Mares Novices Hurdle?
The Mares Novices Hurdle takes place on Thursday the 17th of March 2022.
Summary of Mares Novice Hurdle
The Mares Novice Hurdle is a new race recently added to the Cheltenham Festival.
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