Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle Betting Tips – Expert Predictions

The Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle is the penultimate race run on day three of the Cheltenham Festival and is open to four-year-olds and above and is run over a distance 2m 179y. Here at GG we are looking to try and point you in the right direction of the winner of the event with some key information and tips for the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle.

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Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle Bookmaker Odds – Race 6,  Thursday 14th March 4:50

The Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle has been kept on home shores against all odds for three years running. Odds for the 2025 renewal may well be more generous to those trained in Great Britain like Golden Ace, who is shown to have won the 2024 running below.

Ryanair Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 2) (Registered As The Dawn Run Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle) (GBB)

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All About the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle in 2025

Some really exciting mares are set to line up in the 2025 renewal of the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle, though we do not yet the know the field for the event at this stage.

The Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle is open to fillies and mares aged four years and over and despite being open to the youngest age group, there has never been a four-year-old winner of this contest. The Grade 2 race has only been ran seven times and was won for the first five seasons by Irish trainer Willie Mullins, before Henry De Bromhead landed the contest in 2021 and Love Envoi became the first British-trained horse to win in 2022. 

It had obviously not been the best of events for British trained runners prior to Love Envoi’s victory last year, as only two runners had found the frame in previous renewals – those were Fergal O’Brien’s Cap Soleil (2018 finished 2nd) and Phil Kirby’s Rayna’s World (2020 finished 3rd).  

The Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle has only thrown up one big market shock in its history and that was when Eglantine Du Seuil (2019) won at 50/1, with fellow stablemate Concertista back in second at 66/1, who ironically won the race 12 months later (at much shorter odds of 9/2).

Five of the eight winners of this race had previously contested in graded company. Willie Mullins’ Limini (2016) and Laurina (2018) had both landed the Grade 3 Solerina Hurdle at Fairyhouse before going on to festival success in March. Lets Dance (2017) also won at Fairyhouse earlier in the season but was successful in the former Grade 2 Golden Cygnet Hurdle which has subsequently been upgraded to Grade 1 status. Love Envoi’s prep run for the race last year was in the Grade 2 Jane Seymour Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle, where she stayed on strongly to land the honours, while 2023 winner You Wear It Well also took the same route.

Concertista finished 2nd in 2019 before going one better in 2020, giving trainer Willie Mullins a fifth successive win in the race.

Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle Prize Money in 2025 

£105,000 was on offer in last year’s Mares Novices’ Hurdle, with connections of Golden Ace claiming the top prize of over £59,000. 

The prize pot for the 2025 renewal should be around the same.

Mares Novices’ Hurdle History 

The Grade 2 contest for mares and fillies was first run back in 2016 and is known as the Dawn Run Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle in honour of the superstar mare who is the only horse in history to win the Champion Hurdle and Gold Cup. The race was originally created in order to expand The  Cheltenham Festival to an even 28 races across the four days.  

Retired jockey Ruby Walsh won this contest twice for trainer Willie Mullins but both Paul Townend and Rachael Blackmore have both recorded one win in the contest and will be looking to equal that record at this year’s Festival for their respected yards.  

Winners since 2016 

2016Limini J:Ruby Walsh
T:Willie Mullins
2017Let’s DanceJ:Ruby Walsh
T:Willie Mullins
2018LaurinaJ:Paul Townend
T:Willie Mullins
2019Eglantine Du SeuilJ:Noel Fehily
T:Willie Mullins
2020Concertista J:Daryl Jacob
T:Willie Mullins
2021TelmesomethinggirlJ:Rachael Blackmore
T:Henry De Bromhead
2022Love Envoi J:Jonathan Burke
T:Harry Fry
2023You Wear It WellJ:Gavin Sheehan
T:Jamie Snowden
2024Golden AceJ:Lorcan Williams
T:Jeremy Scott

Cheltenham Festival Racing Schedule 

1:30Turners Novices’ ChaseRead Tip
2:10Pertemps Network Final Handicap HurdleRead Tip
2:50Ryanair ChaseRead Tip
3:30Stayers’ HurdleRead Tip
4:10Craft Irish Whiskey Co. PlateRead Tip
4:50Mares’ Novices’ HurdleRead Tip
5:30Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge TrophyRead Tip