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The Grade 1 races keep coming thick and fast on the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival, with the Mares’ Hurdle up next



2EGX0P2 Horse Racing - Cheltenham Festival - Cheltenham Racecourse, Cheltenham, Britain - March 13, 2018 Benie Des Dieux ridden by Ruby Walsh during the 16:10 OLBG Mares' Hurdle Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Boyers

In the next instalment of our Cheltenham Festival previews, the team take a look at the final Grade 1 contest on the opening day in the form of the Mares’ Hurdle.

TELMESOMETHINGGIRL (11/4) is the current market favourite, as she aims to claim back-to-back Cheltenham Festival victories following her performance in the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle last season.

The seven-year-old has been slightly underwhelming this season over the smaller obstacles, finishing fifth in Listed company at Punchestown before showing some improvement in the Grade 3 Mares Hurdle at Leopardstown over Christmas.

The mare will need to be at her best in this contest here and her Cheltenham form from last year shouldn’t be discredited either.

Henry De Bromhead’s Telmesomethinggirl aims for another Cheltenham Festival success in the Mares’ Hurdle

CONCERTISTA (11/4) is also a favourite in the market, but trainer Willie Mullins has confirmed she will very likely go to the Mares’ Chase on the Friday.

Instead, it looks like the leading Mullins duo will come in the form of STORMY IRELAND (5/1) and BURNING VICTORY (13/2).

Stormy Ireland carries some interesting course form after getting the better of McFabulous in the Relkeel Hurdle while Burning Victory was the, albeit fortunate, winner of the 2020 Triumph Hurdle.

Burning Victory Cheltenham
Burning Victory is aiming for a second Festival success, this time in the Mares’ Hurdle

Both hold chances in this contest and they could well hint at value in this contest after Mullins confirmed the pair will be running in the 2m4f race.

Stablemates DYSART DIAMOND (25/1), ECHOES IN RAIN (7/1), FINEST EVERMORE (14/1), GAULOISE (20/1) and MY SISTER SARAH (25/1) all hold entries in the contest.

ROYAL KAHALA (5/1) has been impressive this season for Peter Fahey, with the seven-year-old winning two of her three starts for her connections this season.

The mare just got up in the final strides to win the Grade 3 Mares Hurdle at Leopardstown and then followed that up with success in the Galmoy Hurdle in January.

She looks in cracking form heading to Cheltenham, with the only concern being her poor performance in the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle last season when she finished ninth of 15 runners.

QUEENS BROOK (5/1) could be given her chance in Grade 1 company, with the mare showing some consistency in her three outings this season.

Gordon Elliot at the 2019 Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England
Gordon Elliot is aiming for the Mares’ Hurdle with Queens Brook

The seven-year-old does hold an entry in the Coral Cup and the Martin Pipe, but trainer Gordon Elliott has confirmed that this contest is the target.

She clearly has ability, but she will need to show some improvement in the step up in class here.

HEAVEN HELP US (8/1) could be given another chance in Grade 1 company after claiming success in the Coral Cup last season for Paul Hennessy while Paul Nolan’s MRS MILNER (8/1) hopes to land back-to-back Cheltenham successes following her victory in the Pertemps last year.

Lucy Wadham’s MARTELLO SKY (10/1) has won four of her last five runs over hurdles including two wins at Prestbury Park, while INDEFATIGABLE (16/1) is a previous Cheltenham Festival winner and could well be cracking each-way value if at her best for Paul Webber.

A seriously interesting renewal of the Mares’ Hurdle, if all the previous Cheltenham winners feature in this contest.


  • Royal Kahala @ 5/1
  • Indefatigable E/W @ 16/1

*Odds courtesy of Spreadex and correct at time of writing

Reece Charlton is a Content Writer at Low6 that specializes in horse racing. He is an avid hunter of value in the racing world, picking out longshots six days a week across the National Hunt and Flat cards on offer across the UK and Ireland. He keeps punters and race fans in the know with his racing expertise with previews and value picks for all the big cards and meetings.