One of the most anticipated events on the National Hunt horse racing calendar is The Cheltenham Festival which takes place every March and often coinciding with St. Patrick’s Day – 2021 being a perfect example.
Only second to The Grand National in terms of prize money, The Festival offers over a million pounds every day to placing horses and their teams, with featured races offering the biggest single payouts.
The first-ever Cheltenham Festival was titled The Grand National Hunt Meeting and took place at several different destinations across the UK before finding its permanent home at Cheltenham Racecourse, the home of jump racing, in 1911.
There’s a total of 28 exhilarating races over the course of the four-day event, including The Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy, The Betway Queen Mother Champion Steeple Chase, The Ryanair Steeple Chase, The Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle and The Cheltenham Gold Cup Steeple Chase.
This year’s Cheltenham Festival is scheduled to take place from Tuesday the 16th until Friday the 19th of March 2021. The penultimate race of St. Patrick’s Thursday on the 18th of March will be The Daylesford Mares Novices Hurdle.
About the Race
The Daylesford Mares Novices Hurdle is a Grade 2 National Hunt hurdle race open to mares and fillies aged 4 and above.
The race covers a total distance of 2 miles and 179 yards on the ‘new course’ at Cheltenham and features 8 hurdles for the Ladies to jump.
This race has only been run 5 times previously after being added to The Festival in 2016, and so far, Willie Mullins has been the trainer of every one of its winners.
The total purse for this race is £90,000, with £50,643 going to the first-place finisher. Can Willie Mullins guide yet another horse to this prize in 2021?
The Daylesford Mares Novices Hurdle will be the penultimate race of St. Patrick’s Thursday at The Cheltenham Festival 2021, commencing at 16:50.
The top 10 predicted runners and their ante-post odds for The Daylesford Mares Novices Hurdle at The Cheltenham Festival 2021 are the following:
- Gauloise (FR) – 9/2 ante-post favourite – will be 6 years old – weighing in at 10-10 (20/12/20) – trained by Willie Mullins
- Royal Kahala (IRE) – 7/1 ante-post odds – 6 years old – weighing in at 11-5 (03/01/21) – trained by Peter Fahey
- Gypsy Island (IRE) – 8/1 ante-post odds – will be 8 years old – weighing in at 11-9 (01/05/19) – trained by Peter Fahey
- Brandy Love (IRE) – 12/1 ante-post odds – 5 years old – weighing in at 11-9 (12/12/20) – trained by Willie Mullins
- Gannat (FR) – 12/1 ante-post odds – will be 6 years old – weighing in at 10-3 (09/11/20) – trained by Alain Couetil
- Genola (FR) – 12/1 ante-post odds – 5 years old – weighing in at 10-1 (30/10/30) – trained by Alain Couetil
- The Glancing Queen (IRE) – 12/1 ante-post odds – will be 8 years old – weighing in at 11-4 (14/01/21) – trained by Alan King
- My Whirlwind (IRE) – 14/1 ante-post odds – will be 7 years old – weighing in at 10-12 (03/02/21) – trained by Nicky Henderson
- Echoes In Rain (GB) – 14/1 ante-post odds – 5 years old – weighing in at 10-9 (17/01/21) – trained by Willie Mullins
- Finest Evermore (IRE) – 16/1 ante-post odds – 5 years old – weighing in at 11-0 (06/12/20) – trained by Willie Mullins
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All 28 races of The Cheltenham Festival will, as usual, provide fantastic odds on the horses participating. Not only will the starting prices be generous, but the added promotions from the bookies like boosted odds and paid extra places can really enhance your takings.
Those that like to back the outsiders had a field day in 2019 when 50/1 Eglantine Du Seuil was the first past the final post. Each-way gamblers would have also profited well from each of the placement finishers with a 66/1 second place, a 40/1 third place and a 25/1 fourth.
Here are the previous 4 winners of The Daylesford Mares Novices Hurdle, including their odds, closest competitors and race stats:
Last year it was 9/2 third-favourite that won The Daylesford Mares Novices Hurdle, ridden by jockey Daryl Jacob and trained by Willie Mullins.
11/4 race favourite Minella Melody finished in 18th place after an impressive start but struggled towards the end. This freed up placement positions for 9/1 Dolcita in second, 100/1 Rayna’s World in third and 20/1 Yukon Lil in fourth.
In 2019, the winner of The National Hunt Breeders Supported By Tattersalls Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle was 50/1 outsider Eglantine Du Seuil, ridden by jockey Noel Fehily and trained by Willie Mullins.
This incredible race was dominated by outsiders, with 66/1 Concertista finishing in second place, followed by 40/1 Tintangle in third and 25/1 Black Tears in fourth. 15/8 race favourite Epatante finished down in 8th after an early mistake, just behind 3/1 second-favourite Posh Trish in 7th.
4/7 race favourite Laurina won The Trull House Stud Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle in 2018, ridden by jockey Paul Townend and trained by Willie Mullins.
18 lengths behind the leader was 10/1 Cap Soleil in second place, followed by 80/1 Champayne Lady in third and 9/2 second-favourite Maria’s Benefit in fourth.
Back in 2017, 11/8 race favourite Let’s Dance won The Trull House Stud Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle, ridden by jockey Ruby Walsh and trained by Willie Mullins.
Again, placement places were taken up by impressive outsiders, with 12/1 Barra in second place, followed by 20/1 Dusky Legend in third and 25/1 Verdana Blue in fourth.