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

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We look at the Mares Novices Hurdle ahead of the next renewal, a race contested over 2m1f 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 Mares Novices Hurdle.

Mares Novices 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.

2025 Mares Novices Hurdle Preview

In July 2015 it was announced that the Cheltenham Festival would be benefiting from a new novice hurdle race restricted to just mares and fillies with the introduction of the Dawn Run Mares Novice Hurdle.

This Grade 2 race is run over 2m1f on the new course and it is expected that Willie Mullins, who has dominated the Mares' Hurdle previously sponsored by OLBG, will be the trainer to follow, especially after winning the inaugural event with Limini and then the following four renewals with Let's Dance (2017), Laurina (2018), Eglantine Du Seuil (2019) and Concertista (2020).

Be sure to head over to the Best Bookie for Cheltenham before placing any of your bets to make sure you get the most out of your betting.

Mares Novices Hurdle Information:

We also have a dedicated Cheltenham tips page that will cover this race as well as all of the other races on the day of the race, see which runners the OLBG racing tipsters are predicting to win this race and the others on the cards. 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 Mares Novices Hurdle market? When looking at the over-rounds for the last 9 renewals, the most competitive market was in 2024 when the race had an over-round of 115%. The race in 2023 was a race that was most in the bookie's favour with an over-round of 135%, whilst on average over the last 9 renewals of the Mares Novices Hurdle, the over-round has been 126%, which means the bookie expects to pay out £100 for every £126 which is bet.

Mares Novices Hurdle Trends:

Looking at the future form, is the winner worth following next time out? From the past 9 if you had followed the winner of the Mares Novices Hurdle next time out then you would have backed a total of 2 winners. Backing all 8 runners who have been out since to win at SP next time out, would have returned an LSP of -4.32. Before placing your bet on the 2025 Mares Novices Hurdle see which other runners today are being backed on the racing predictions page.

Over the last 9 renewals, it was the W P Mullins trained Limini ridden by R Walsh who set the fastest winning time in the Mares Novices Hurdle, the runner won the race in a time of 3:58.00 was set when winning the race in 2016. At the other end of the scale, it was the combination of trainer Jeremy Scott and jockey Lorcan Williams with Golden Ace who set the slowest winning time, the race-winning time was 4:20.60 in the 2024 renewal.

These are the top three quickest-run Mares Novices Hurdle over the last 9 renewals:

  1. Limini (3:58.00) in 2016
  2. Lets Dance (4:02.00) in 2017
  3. Eglantine Du Seuil (4:02.74) in 2019
What the expert says...
Still early days for the Mares Novices Hurdle with just nine renewals completed but one thing which stands out already is you want a mare who has a bit of speed about her, only 49% of the runners competing in this race had achieved a TS of at least 85 last time out and those have produced all nine of the winners so far, those who achieved a TS of under 85 last time out are currently 0-78.

Andy Powell - Horse Racing Betting Expert -

Mares Novices Hurdle Past Winners

Here are the Mares Novices Hurdle past winners for the last 9 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 Mares Novices Hurdle as well as the jockey is also displayed along with the starting price the horse was sent off.

Golden Ace (GB)
6yo 11-2 10/1
Lorcan Williams
Jeremy Scott (GB)
You Wear It Well (GB)
6yo 11-7 16/1
Gavin Sheehan
Jamie Snowden (GB)
Love Envoi (IRE)
6yo 11-7 15/2
Jonathan Burke
Harry Fry (GB)
Telmesomethinggirl (IRE)
6yo 11-2 5/1
Rachael Blackmore
Henry De Bromhead (IRE)
Concertista (FR)
6yo 11-2 9/2
Daryl Jacob
W P Mullins (IRE)
Eglantine Du Seuil (FR)
5yo 11-2 50/1
Noel Fehily
W P Mullins (IRE)
Laurina (FR)
5yo 11-7 4/7F
Paul Townend
W P Mullins (IRE)
Lets Dance (FR)
5yo 11-7 11/8F
R Walsh
W P Mullins (IRE)
Limini (IRE)
5yo 11-7 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 Mares Novices Hurdle have been based:

  • IRE: 6 winners with an additional 12 placings from 83 runners
  • GB: 3 winners with an additional 6 placings from 67 runners
  • FR: 0 winners with an additional 0 placings from 3 runners

Mares Novices Hurdle Trainer Statistics

The leading trainer in the Mares Novices Hurdle over the last 9 renewals is W P Mullins who has won the race five times with those five winners coming from Limini (2016), Lets Dance (2017), Laurina (2018), Eglantine Du Seuil (2019) and Concertista (2020). Two trainers have not had the best of times over the last 9 renewals in the Mares Novices Hurdle, Nicky Henderson has sent a total of 14 runners to the race without recording any wins whilst Gordon Elliott has sent out 11 without a winner.

Here are some of the top Mares Novices Hurdle trainer statistics over the last 9 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):

W P Mullins32-5-8+30.18+3.15
Henry De Bromhead14-1-4-8.00-5.30
Harry Fry2-1-1+6.50+2.75
Jamie Snowden1-1-1+16.00+8.00
Jeremy Scott1-1-1+10.00+6.00
Nicky Henderson14-0-2-14.00-13.00
Gordon Elliott11-0-4-11.00-8.92
Alan King6-0-2-6.00-5.00
Dan Skelton3-0-0-3.00-3.00
Mrs John Harrington3-0-0-3.00-3.00

Mares Novices Hurdle Jockey Statistics

Here are some of the top Mares Novices Hurdle jockey statistics over the last 9 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):

Paul Townend8-1-2-6.43-6.16
Rachael Blackmore7-1-2-1.00-1.50
Gavin Sheehan4-1-1+13.00+5.00
Jonathan Burke2-1-1+6.50+2.75
Daryl Jacob2-1-1+3.50+1.25
Lorcan Williams1-1-1+10.00+6.00
Danny Mullins6-0-1-6.00-5.50
Robbie Power5-0-2-5.00-1.80
Nico de Boinville5-0-1-5.00-4.50
Sam Twiston-Davies5-0-0-5.00-5.00

Mares Novices Hurdle Trend Analysis

The trend factor which had produced 5+ winners and shows the best LSP, an LSP of +41.88 is when runners ran on Good ground when last winning. The worst performing factor that has failed to produce a single winner is when runners ran on Soft ground when last winning, when backing these the trend shows a record of 0-59.

The course which has produced the most winners of the Mares Novices Hurdle is Leopardstown, there has been a total number of 3 winners of this race who ran at Leopardstown last time out.

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

  • Flemensfirth (0 Wins from 7 runners)
  • Getaway (0 Wins from 7 runners)
  • Doctor Dino (0 Wins from 5 runners)
  • Martaline (0 Wins from 5 runners)
  • Yeats (0 Wins from 5 runners)

Looking at the winning odds over the last 9 renewals, the biggest-priced winner was Eglantine Du Seuil in 2019, winning for W P Mullins at odds of 50/1 under the guidance of Noel Fehily. Looking at the runners at the head of the market over the last 9 renewals there have been 3 winning favourites in the race. Whilst we wait for the 2025 Mares Novices 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.

RaceLast WinnerInfo
13:30 Cheltenham
Supreme Novices Hurdle
Slade Steel (IRE)
6yo - 7/2
Henry De Bromhead
Rachael Blackmore
14:10 Cheltenham
Arkle Challenge Trophy
Gaelic Warrior (GER)
6yo - 2/1
W P Mullins
Paul Townend
14:50 Cheltenham
Ultima Handicap Chase
Chianti Classico (IRE)
7yo - 6/1
Kim Bailey
David Bass
15:30 Cheltenham
Champion Hurdle
State Man (FR)
7yo - 2/5
W P Mullins
Paul Townend
16:10 Cheltenham
Close Brothers Mares Hurdle
Lossiemouth (FR)
5yo - 8/13
W P Mullins
Paul Townend
16:50 Cheltenham
Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle
Lark In The Mornin (GER)
4yo - 9/1
Joseph Patrick O'Brien
J J Slevin
17:30 Cheltenham
National Hunt Chase Challenge Cup
Corbetts Cross (IRE)
7yo - 15/8
Emmet Mullins
Mr Derek O'Connor

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!

RaceLast WinnerInfo
13:30 Cheltenham
Baring Bingham Novices Hurdle
Ballyburn (IRE)
6yo - 1/2
W P Mullins
Paul Townend
14:10 Cheltenham
Brown Advisory Novices Chase
Fact To File (FR)
7yo - 8/13
W P Mullins
Mark Walsh
14:50 Cheltenham
Coral Cup
Langer Dan (IRE)
8yo - 13/2
Dan Skelton
Harry Skelton
15:30 Cheltenham
Queen Mother Champion Chase
Captain Guinness (IRE)
9yo - 17/2
Henry De Bromhead
Rachael Blackmore
16:10 Cheltenham
Cross Country Chase
Delta Work (FR)
10yo - 11/10
Gordon Elliott
Keith Donoghue
16:50 Cheltenham
Johnny Henderson Grand Annual
Unexpected Party (FR)
9yo - 12/1
Dan Skelton
Harry Skelton
17:30 Cheltenham
Champion Bumper
Jasmin De Vaux (FR)
5yo - 9/2
W P Mullins
Mr P W Mullins

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.

RaceLast WinnerInfo
13:30 Cheltenham
Turners Novices Chase
Grey Dawning (IRE)
7yo - 5/2
Dan Skelton
Harry Skelton
14:10 Cheltenham
Pertemps Network Final
Monmiral (FR)
7yo - 25/1
Paul Nicholls
Harry Cobden
14:50 Cheltenham
Ryanair Chase
Protektorat (FR)
9yo - 17/2
Dan Skelton
Harry Skelton
15:30 Cheltenham
Stayers Hurdle
Teahupoo (FR)
7yo - 5/4
Gordon Elliott
Jack Kennedy
16:10 Cheltenham
Festival Plate
Shakem UpArry (IRE)
10yo - 8/1
Ben Pauling
Ben Jones
16:50 Cheltenham
Mares Novices Hurdle
Golden Ace (GB)
6yo - 10/1
Jeremy Scott
Lorcan Williams
17:30 Cheltenham
Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup
Inothewayurthinkin (IRE)
6yo - 13/8
Gavin Cromwell
Mr Derek O'Connor

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.

RaceLast WinnerInfo
13:30 Cheltenham
Triumph Hurdle
Majborough (FR)
4yo - 6/1
W P Mullins
Mark Walsh
14:10 Cheltenham
County Handicap Hurdle
Absurde (FR)
6yo - 12/1
W P Mullins
Paul Townend
14:50 Cheltenham
Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle
Stellar Story (IRE)
7yo - 33/1
Gordon Elliott
Sam Ewing
15:30 Cheltenham
Cheltenham Gold Cup
Galopin Des Champs (FR)
8yo - 10/11
W P Mullins
Paul Townend
16:10 Cheltenham
Foxhunter Chase Challenge Cup
Sine Nomine (GB)
8yo - 8/1
Fiona Needham
Mr John Dawson
16:50 Cheltenham
Mrs Paddy Power Mares Chase
Limerick Lace (IRE)
7yo - 3/1
Gavin Cromwell
Keith Donoghue
17:30 Cheltenham
Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys Handicap Hurdle
Better Days Ahead (IRE)
6yo - 5/1
Gordon Elliott
Danny Gilligan

Article Contributor Information

We are blessed with an excellent team of specialists and experts at OLBG. Contributing to creating and maintaining this Mares Novices Hurdle Preview are at hand, Andy and Darren. 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.

Darren Brett

Darren Brett

Tipster competition manager

Darren has worked in the horse racing industry for decades bringing to OLBG for the last 20 years a wealth of knowledge, creating much of our content on these sports. Darren also manages our Grand National Guide and is the go-to font of knowledge for the world's greatest steeplechase.
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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