David Nicholson Mares Hurdle

Date Time Class Distance
Tue 12th March 2019 16:10 Grade 2 2 miles 4 furlongs

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About the David Nicholson Mares Hurdle

The David Nicholson Mares Hurdle is the UK’s premier mares hurdle race. Run over a distance of 2 miles 4 furlongs it attracts the top 4-year-old and above mare and filly hurdlers in the UK, and star mares will often run in this race in preference to the Champion Hurdle. The race features 9 fences, and is contested over the Cheltenham Old Course.

Named after legendary jockey and trainer, David Nicholson, the Mares Hurdle set the scene for one of the most impressive winning runs in National Hunt history. Star mare Quevega won the Mares hurdle six seasons in a row between 2009 and 2013. Quevega’s run, along with a couple of other wins has allowed trainer Willie Mullins to virtually monopolize the race since its inception in 2008.

Betting on the David Nicholson Mares Hurdle

When a top class filly swerves the Champion Hurdle to run in this race you’re looking at as good a banker as you’d like, as a horse of this quality will often outshine the more modest talents in the field. In practise this is exactly what has happened in the race’s short history.

The betting markets are alert to this trend, which means the David Nicholson Mares Hurdle has a fairly impressive success rate when it comes to singling out the eventual winner as an antepost favourite. Even when weaker fields run, only one or two horses will stand out, in which case it’s always an idea to get behind the one who offers each-way value.

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