Close Brothers Mares Hurdle Preview, Tips, Runners & Trends (Cheltenham Festival)

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We look at the Close Brothers Mares Hurdle ahead of the next renewal, a race contested over 2m4f at Cheltenham during the Cheltenham Festival to see which runners, trainers and jockeys have previously won the race and which trends can you use to find the winner of the Close Brothers Mares Hurdle.

Close Brothers Mares Hurdle Preview, Tips, Runners & Trends (Cheltenham Festival)
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Andy Powell Content Editor

Horse Racing stats man, Andy has contributed to OLBG for 18 years - An Ipswich fan and F1 fanatic, he also contributes EFL football and Motor Sport opinion.

2024 Close Brothers Mares Hurdle Preview

The Close Brothers Mares Hurdle grew in strength during the period when OLBG took up the sponsorship and developed the supporting 'OLBG Mares Road to Cheltenham' programme. Now a Grade 1 contest and with the Mares Novice race having been added to the festival in 2016, mares racing in the UK is looking stronger than ever.

Below we highlight some pointers, looking at trends and discussing the form to help you to find the winner of the Close Brothers Mares Hurdle. Who are our racing tipsters tipping to win this year's Close Brothers Mares Hurdle? You can find their picks on the Cheltenham tips page or the main daily racing picks page. Additionally, have a read of the Best Bookies for the Cheltenham Festival to get the most out of your bettings.

Close Brothers Mares Hurdle Information:

Our dedicated Cheltenham tips page will not only bring you predictions from the OLBG racing tipsters for the upcoming card that includes the Close Brothers Mares Hurdle but will also have predictions for each meeting at Cheltenham throughout the season so be sure to head over there. We cover every race at the Cheltenham Festival and below you can find links to all of the races for each of Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday

How competitive is the Close Brothers Mares Hurdle market? When looking at the over-rounds for the last 16 renewals, the most competitive market was in 2022 when the race had an over-round of 115%. The race in 2009 was a race that was most in the bookie's favour with an over-round of 127%, whilst on average over the last 16 renewals of the Close Brothers Mares Hurdle, the over-round has been 121%, which means the bookie expects to pay out £100 for every £121 which is bet.

Close Brothers Mares Hurdle Trends:

Looking at the future form, is the winner worth following next time out? From the past 16 if you had followed the winner of the Close Brothers Mares Hurdle next time out then you would have backed a total of 9 winners. Backing all 13 runners who have been out since to win at SP next time out, would have returned an LSP of +16.86. Before placing your bet on the 2024 Close Brothers Mares Hurdle see which other runners today are being backed on the racing predictions page.

When looking over the past 16 renewals, a time of 4:44.60 was set by Quevega in 2014, which is the quickest time over that period, the runner was trained by W P Mullins and ridden by R Walsh. The slowest winning time was set in 2018 when Benie Des Dieux won in a time of 5:10.10, booked to ride was R Walsh on this W P Mullins trained runner.

These are the top three quickest-run Close Brothers Mares Hurdle over the last 16 renewals:

  1. Quevega (4:44.60) in 2014
  2. Vroum Vroum Mag (4:45.00) in 2016
  3. Maries Rock (4:45.40) in 2022
What the expert says...
Had you followed the winners of the last thirteen renewals, backing them next time out would have returned nine winners (two not run since) and an LSP of +18.86. The only two which lost went on to finish runner-up.

Andy Powell - Horse Racing Betting Expert - OLBG.com

Mares Hurdle 03 Mar @ 21:19 - AntePost
Lossiemouth 1.67
Ashroe Diamond 5.50
Echoes In Rain 15.00
Love Envoi 17.00
Magical Zoe 17.00
Maries Rock 17.00
Hispanic Moon 17.00
Gala Marceau 21.00
Under Control 26.00
Zenta 26.00

Close Brothers Mares Hurdle Past Winners

Here are the Close Brothers Mares Hurdle past winners for the last 10 renewals. Each row details the year of the race, the horse which won along with the age & weight of the horse. The trainer of the horse at the time of winning the Close Brothers Mares Hurdle as well as the jockey is also displayed along with the starting price the horse was sent off.

YearHorseInfo
2023
5:05.13
Honeysuckle (GB)
9yo 11-5 9/4F
Rachael Blackmore
Henry De Bromhead (IRE)
2022
4:45.40
Maries Rock (IRE)
7yo 11-5 18/1
Nico de Boinville
Nicky Henderson (GB)
2021
4:56.51
Black Tears (GB)
7yo 11-5 11/1
Jack Kennedy
Mrs Denise Foster (IRE)
2020
5:08.73
Honeysuckle (GB)
6yo 11-5 9/4
Rachael Blackmore
Henry De Bromhead (IRE)
2019
5:00.26
Roksana (IRE)
7yo 11-5 10/1
Harry Skelton
Dan Skelton (GB)
2018
5:10.10
Benie Des Dieux (FR)
7yo 11-5 9/2
R Walsh
W P Mullins (IRE)
2017
4:50.20
Apples Jade (FR)
5yo 11-5 7/2
B J Cooper
Gordon Elliott (IRE)
2016
4:45.00
Vroum Vroum Mag (FR)
7yo 11-5 4/6F
R Walsh
W P Mullins (IRE)
2015
4:51.10
Glens Melody (IRE)
7yo 11-5 6/1
Paul Townend
W P Mullins (IRE)
2014
4:44.60
Quevega (FR)
10yo 11-5 8/11F
R Walsh
W P Mullins (IRE)

Where have the winning runners come from?

Here are the countries where the winning trainers of the Close Brothers Mares Hurdle have been based:

  • IRE: 13 winners with an additional 17 placings from 78 runners
  • GB: 3 winners with an additional 14 placings from 150 runners
  • FR: 0 winners with an additional 1 placing from 5 runners

Close Brothers Mares Hurdle Trainer Statistics

The leading trainer in the Close Brothers Mares Hurdle over the last 16 renewals is W P Mullins who has won the race nine times with those nine winners coming from Quevega (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014), Glens Melody (2015), Vroum Vroum Mag (2016) and Benie Des Dieux (2018). The only other trainer to have recorded multiple wins in the Close Brothers Mares Hurdle is Henry De Bromhead (2 wins).

Here are some of the top Close Brothers Mares Hurdle trainer statistics over the last 16 renewals (R = Runners, W = Winners, P = Places including winners, Win LSP is based on 1pt Win and EW LSP is based on 0.5pt Win & 0.5pt Place):

TrainerR-W-PWinEW
W P Mullins33-9-17-6.47-5.12
Henry De Bromhead5-2-2+1.50-0.30
Nicky Henderson17-1-4+2.00-2.47
Dan Skelton6-1-2+5.00+1.80
Gordon Elliott6-1-4-1.50+0.30
Donald McCain5-1-1+16.00+8.00
Mrs Denise Foster1-1-1+11.00+6.60
Alan King8-0-2-8.00-3.70
Mrs John Harrington8-0-1-8.00-7.50
Harry Fry7-0-2-7.00-3.30

Close Brothers Mares Hurdle Jockey Statistics

The leading jockey in the Close Brothers Mares Hurdle over the last 16 renewals is Rachael Blackmore who has won the race two times with those two winners coming from Honeysuckle (2020 & 2023).

Here are some of the top Close Brothers Mares Hurdle jockey statistics over the last 16 renewals (R = Runners, W = Winners, P = Places including winners, Win LSP is based on 1pt Win and EW LSP is based on 0.5pt Win & 0.5pt Place):

JockeyR-W-PWinEW
Rachael Blackmore5-2-3+1.50+2.70
Paul Townend9-1-6-2.00-1.04
Harry Skelton6-1-2+5.00+1.80
Nico de Boinville4-1-1+15.00+7.80
Jack Kennedy3-1-3+9.00+6.05
Aidan Coleman9-0-0-9.00-9.00
Daryl Jacob8-0-1-8.00-7.50
Paddy Brennan7-0-0-7.00-7.00
Robbie Power6-0-2-6.00-5.00
Danny Mullins5-0-1-5.00-2.90

Close Brothers Mares Hurdle Trend Analysis

The trend factor which had produced 8+ winners and shows the best LSP, an LSP of +5.28 is when runners finished in 1st last time out. The worst performing factor that has failed to produce a single winner is when runners had recorded 1 career fall, when backing these the trend shows a record of 0-46.

The course which has produced the most winners of the Close Brothers Mares Hurdle is Punchestown, there has been a total number of 7 winners of this race who ran at Punchestown last time out.

Looking over the past renewals, these are the stallions whose offspring have produced multiple winners of the Close Brothers Mares Hurdle:

  • Robin Des Champs (6 Wins)
  • Sulamani (2 Wins)

These are the stallions whose offspring have not produced a winner of the Close Brothers Mares Hurdle despite multiple attempts:

  • Kayf Tara (0 Wins from 10 runners)
  • Midnight Legend (0 Wins from 9 runners)
  • Flemensfirth (0 Wins from 8 runners)
  • Alflora (0 Wins from 7 runners)
  • Beneficial (0 Wins from 7 runners)

Looking at the winning odds over the last 16 renewals, the biggest-priced winner was Whiteoak in 2008, winning for Donald McCain at odds of 20/1 under the guidance of Jason Maguire. Looking at the runners at the head of the market over the last 16 renewals there have been 8 winning favourites in the race. Whilst we wait for the 2024 Close Brothers Mares Hurdle remember you can get daily racing predictions from the top racing tipsters on the best racing tipsters page.

Schedule for Tuesday at the Cheltenham Festival

Prepare for the ROAR of the Cheltenham Festival on the opening day when the tape goes up for the Supreme Novices Hurdle, the feature on Tuesday is the Champion Hurdle.

Race2023 WinnerInfo
13:30 Cheltenham
Supreme Novices Hurdle
Marine Nationale (IRE)
6yo - 9/2
Barry Connell
Michael O'Sullivan
14:10 Cheltenham
Arkle Challenge Trophy
El Fabiolo (FR)
6yo - 11/10
W P Mullins
Paul Townend
14:50 Cheltenham
Ultima Handicap Chase
Corach Rambler (IRE)
9yo - 6/1
Lucinda Russell
Derek Fox
15:30 Cheltenham
Champion Hurdle
Constitution Hill (GB)
6yo - 4/11
Nicky Henderson
Nico de Boinville
16:10 Cheltenham
Close Brothers Mares Hurdle
Honeysuckle (GB)
9yo - 9/4
Henry De Bromhead
Rachael Blackmore
16:50 Cheltenham
Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle
Jazzy Matty (FR)
4yo - 18/1
Gordon Elliott
Michael O'Sullivan
17:30 Cheltenham
National Hunt Chase Challenge Cup
Gaillard Du Mesnil (FR)
7yo - 10/11
W P Mullins
Mr P W Mullins

Schedule for Wednesday at the Cheltenham Festival

The dust has settled on the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival and now on to day two. The feature on the second day is the Queen Mother Champion Chase. We also have the cross country scheduled on Wednesday, a race like Marmite, some love it and some don't!

Race2023 WinnerInfo
13:30 Cheltenham
Ballymore Novices Hurdle
Impaire Et Passe (FR)
5yo - 5/2
W P Mullins
Paul Townend
14:10 Cheltenham
Brown Advisory Novices Chase
The Real Whacker (IRE)
7yo - 8/1
Patrick Neville
Sam Twiston-Davies
14:50 Cheltenham
Coral Cup
Langer Dan (IRE)
7yo - 9/1
Dan Skelton
Harry Skelton
15:30 Cheltenham
Queen Mother Champion Chase
Energumene (FR)
9yo - 6/5
W P Mullins
Paul Townend
16:10 Cheltenham
Cross Country Chase
Delta Work (FR)
10yo - 11/10
Gordon Elliott
Keith Donoghue
16:50 Cheltenham
Johnny Henderson Grand Annual
Maskada (FR)
7yo - 22/1
Henry De Bromhead
Darragh O'Keeffe
17:30 Cheltenham
Champion Bumper
A Dream To Share (IRE)
5yo - 7/2
John E Kiely
Mr J L Gleeson

Schedule for Thursday at the Cheltenham Festival

Halfway through the festival and onto day three where the Stayers Hurdle is the feature race. A hurdle race to test the stamina and see how can last best up the Cheltenham hill.

Race2023 WinnerInfo
13:30 Cheltenham
Turners Novices Chase
Stage Star (IRE)
7yo - 15/2
Paul Nicholls
Harry Cobden
14:10 Cheltenham
Pertemps Network Final
Good Time Jonny (IRE)
8yo - 9/1
A J Martin
Liam McKenna
14:50 Cheltenham
Ryanair Chase
Envoi Allen (FR)
9yo - 13/2
Henry De Bromhead
Rachael Blackmore
15:30 Cheltenham
Stayers Hurdle
Sire Du Berlais (FR)
11yo - 33/1
Gordon Elliott
Mark Walsh
16:10 Cheltenham
Festival Plate
Seddon (IRE)
10yo - 20/1
John C McConnell
Ben Harvey
16:50 Cheltenham
Mares Novices Hurdle
You Wear It Well (GB)
6yo - 16/1
Jamie Snowden
Gavin Sheehan
17:30 Cheltenham
Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup
Angels Dawn (IRE)
8yo - 10/1
S Curling
Mr P A King

Schedule for Friday at the Cheltenham Festival

The final day of the festival and feature race that we have all been waiting for, the Cheltenham Gold Cup in which the Irish have been fairly dominant in recent years.

Race2023 WinnerInfo
13:30 Cheltenham
Triumph Hurdle
Lossiemouth (FR)
4yo - 11/8
W P Mullins
Paul Townend
14:10 Cheltenham
County Handicap Hurdle
Faivoir (FR)
8yo - 33/1
Dan Skelton
Bridget Andrews
14:50 Cheltenham
Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle
Stay Away Fay (IRE)
6yo - 18/1
Paul Nicholls
Harry Cobden
15:30 Cheltenham
Cheltenham Gold Cup
Galopin Des Champs (FR)
7yo - 7/5
W P Mullins
Paul Townend
16:10 Cheltenham
Foxhunter Chase Challenge Cup
Premier Magic (IRE)
10yo - 66/1
Bradley Gibbs
Mr Bradley Gibbs
16:50 Cheltenham
Mrs Paddy Power Mares Chase
Impervious (IRE)
7yo - 15/8
C A Murphy
Brian Hayes
17:30 Cheltenham
Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys Handicap Hurdle
Iroko (FR)
5yo - 6/1
Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero
Aidan Kelly

Article Contributor Information

We are blessed with an excellent team of specialists and experts at OLBG. Contributing to creating and maintaining this Close Brothers Mares Hurdle Preview are at hand, Andy and James. They both work on the Horse racing tips team team looking after the tipsters and managing the tips settlement, whilst also creating and managing all of the horse racing event previews for National Hunt Racing.

James Banting

James Banting

Tipster competition assistant

James Banting, a passionate horse racing enthusiast and aficionado, brings a wealth of experience to OLBG, having attended numerous race meetings over the years. His background working with the Jockey Club provides him with a unique insider's perspective on the industry.
Andy Powell

Andy Powell

Content editor

Andy, a seasoned horse racing expert with over 15 years of experience, possesses a comprehensive understanding of the sport, from delving into complex statistical data for jump racing in the UK and Ireland to crafting insightful national hunt racing blogs for OLBG.

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