Mares Hurdle Betting Odds 2021 | Winner Cheltenham
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This article looks at the latest Mares Hurdle odds with leading bookmakers. We examine the prospects for the first and second favourites who are leading contenders. There is also plenty of background information for this race on the Tuesday of the Cheltenham Festival. It is run on the first day of the four-day meeting in March. The race has a short history with Quevega a multiple winner.
Mares Hurdle Betting Odds Winner – Favourites 2021
This table compares the Mares Hurdle odds for the winner with leading bookmakers. The Mares Hurdle odds in bold highlight the best odds under the best odds bookmaker banner. The table shows the Mares Hurdle favourites 2021.
Mares Hurdle Tips
Here is an assessment of the chances of the first and second favourites in ante post betting for the Mares Hurdle Cheltenham race. Concertista and Honeysuckle have the best form and bookmakers cannot identify a clear favourite in the Mares Hurdle favourites 2021 list. They are rightly our Mares Hurdle tips.
There is very little to choose between Concertista and Honeysuckle in the Mares Hurdle odds.
There are different favourites across the leading bookmakers and some have joint favourites in the betting Concertista is a seven-year-old mare trained by Willie Mullins and ridden most recently by Paul Townend who is the Mullins’ stable jockey.
Concertista has run four races from 13 starts so has an average strike rate for a Mares Hurdle Cheltenham race leading contender. The horse has an Official Rating of 152 and a Racing Post Rating (RPR) of 153. She won the mares’ novices’ event at the Cheltenham Festival in 2020. Concertista won her first two races of the season in Ireland before Christmas at Grade 3 and Grade 2 level.
Honeysuckle is another mare aged seven, trained by Henry de Bromhead and usually ridden by Rachael Blackmore, who is the best female jockey in Ireland. The horse has run to an Official Rating of 159 and RPR of 160. Therefore, she has something in hand over Concertista on both sets of figures and in theory, should be a shorter price in the Mares Hurdle favourites 2021 betting.
Honeysuckle is unbeaten in nine races over hurdles and has amassed over £380,000 in prize money. She is the Mares Hurdle defending champion and the race produced the multiple winner Quevega who won the race six times.
Her last win came in a Grade 1 hurdle at Fairyhouse last November and strictly on the book, Honeysuckle should have the measure of Concertista at Cheltenham in March but they are both Mares Hurdle tips.
Mares Hurdle Cheltenham Festival
Here is more information about the Mares Hurdle:
The Mares Hurdle was first run in 2008 and has been run on the opening day of Cheltenham since the following year. The first winner was trained in Britain but the next 10 winners were Irish-trained. There have been 13 Mares Hurdle races and all but two winners were trained in Ireland.
Quevega won the race every year from 2009 to 2014. She was trained by Willie Mullins and ridden by Ruby Walsh at those six Cheltenham Festivals. Mullins also won the race in 2016 and 2018. Since the first renewal seven has been the winning most age with five wins. Concertista and Honeysuckle are both that age so fit the profile of past winners and are worthy Mares Hurdle favourites 2021.
At the time of writing, the prize money for the Mares Hurdle Cheltenham has not been confirmed so here is the prize money for the race in 2020:
- 1st: £67,524.00
- 2nd: £25,440.00
- 3rd: £12,732.00
- 4th: £6,360.00
- 5th: £3,192.00
- 6th: £1,596.00
- 7th: £792.00
- 8th: £408.00
There is generous four-figure prize money down to the eighth place and it is the richest mares only race in the British racing season.
The famous winner can only be Quevega who won the Mares Hurdle in six successive years. In some races, she was not going well and struggled to stay with the leaders. However, from 2009 to 2014 she came through and found a way to win the race. It was a great achievement for Mullins to get the horse to Cheltenham in peak condition over this spell.
No other horse has won so many of the same Grade 1 race in the UK and Ireland. Quevega was aged 5 to 10 in those six winning years. Her achievement in winning a race six times in six years is unlikely to be matched or beaten. The sport and Cheltenham have become more competitive in recent years.
The record is dominated by Quevega. She is the only multiple winner and won six Mares Hurdles in six years. Mullins is the leading trainer and Walsh is the leading jockey and that is purely down to Quevega’s winning run. The combination was involved in each of those six years.
No other jockey has won the race more than once and Mullins is the only multiple winning trainer. Obviously, Quevega’s owner has won the race more times than anyone else. She was usually prominent in the Mares Hurdle odds.
Mares Hurdle – FAQs
Here are the answers to some common questions related to the Mares Hurdle at Cheltenham:
What Time is the Mares Hurdle Cheltenham 2021?
The Mares Hurdle is scheduled to take place at 16.10 on the first day of Cheltenham in March but that race time could be changed nearer the time. There are four days of racing at the meeting in the spring and 28 races in total during the fixtures.
Who Won the Mares Hurdle Last Year?
Honeysuckle won the 2020 Mares Hurdle, trained by Henry de Bromhead and ridden by Rachael Blackmore. She is the only female to ride the winner of the race.
The trainer bypassed the Champion Hurdle to contest the more winnable race and that decision was right. The winner was the favourite in the Mares Hurdle odds and one of the Mares Hurdle tips.
Which Horse is the Favourite to Win in 2021?
The current favourite for in the 2021 Mares Hurdle odds is Concertista but Honeysuckle is close in the betting. The third Mares Hurdle odds favourite is Benie Des Dieux, the winner in 2018 when trained by Willie Mullins and ridden by Ruby Walsh.