Cheltenham Mares' Hurdle 2021 Trends

As with the majority of Cheltenham Festival races, there are certain trends that can help punters to find the winner. Our horse racing experts at Bookmakers.co.uk have taken a look at the most important pointers from the last 12 years which will help you find the best horse to follow in the 2021 renewal of the Cheltenham Mares' Hurdle.

Cheltenham Mares' Hurdle 2021 Trends
Cheltenham Mares' Hurdle 2021 Trends

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2021 Cheltenham Mares' Hurdle Trends

Need some help finding the winner of the 2021 edition of the Close Brothers Mares’ Hurdle? Well, look no further because our team of experts at Bookmakers.co.uk have done the hard work for you by pinpointing the most critical trends and pointers from the last ten renewals in order to help you find the winner of this Grade 1 contest.

The last 12 winners:

  • Were not bred in Britain
  • Had won within their last 3 runs
  • At least 4 starts over hurdles
  • At least 2 wins over hurdles

11 of the last 12 winners:

  • Rated 147 or higher.
  • Had won over 2 miles & 4 furlongs before.
  • At least two wins on a galloping track.
  • Top 4 in the betting
  • Trained in Ireland

10 of the last 12 winners:

  • Trained in Ireland
  • Won at a left handed track

Key Trials from the last 10 years

  • The Warwick Mares' Hurdle has thrown up 1 winner and 4 places in the kast 10 years.
  • The Warfield Mares’ Hurdle at Ascot is another good quality mares’ race that has thrown up a winner in the last 10 years (Vroum Vroum Mag).
  • The Quevega Mares Hurdle at Punchestown was used as a springboard for Apples Jade to go on to win the 2017 Mares' Hurdle.
  • The Grade 3 Mares’ Hurdle run at Leopardstown over Christmas has been dominated by Willie Mullins in recent years and his Concertista, who is ante-post favourite for the 2021 Cheltenham contest, was a very impressive winner of that.
  • Honeysuckle, winner of the race in 2020, is one of the classiest ever winners of the race as she went to Cheltenham on the back of an Irish Champion Hurdle success.


Trainer Trends

  • Willie Mullins has dominated this race since its inception in 2008, training nine winners and also having 14 placed-runners.
  • Henry De Bromhead (2020), Dan Skelton, Gordon Elliott & Donald McCain have trained the other three winners. The first-named will once again have a huge chance if his star mare Honeysuckle turns up.

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Jockey Trends

  • Given the record of Willie Mullins in this race, it goes without saying that his stable number one, Paul Townend, will have a great chance. Townend has partnered Concertista, ante-post favourite for the Mares’ Hurdle, on her two starts in Ireland this year but she was ridden by the owner’s retained rider, Dary Jacob, when she won the mares’ novice race at last year’s festival.
  • Harry Skelton is another jockey worth noting with a winner (Roksana in 2019) and a place from four rides in the race.

How did the trends do last year?

Honeysuckle fit the bill regarding most of the key trend data and her official rating of 158 put her right up there with some of the great mares to have run in this race like Apple’s Jade and multiple winner Quevega.



Who Fits The Trends Best In 2021?

It could easily be a case of déjà vu in the Mares’ Hurdle if both Honeysuckle and Benie Des Dieux turn up for the gig once again because they have a such a class edge on the best of the home challengers.

Benie Des Dieux has a number of options over hurdles or fences the Mullins team also have improving mare Concertista for this race. She fits the bill trends wise and is a previous Cheltenham Festival winner to boot.


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2020 Mares' Hurdle Result

PositionNamePriceTrainerJockey
1stHoneysuckle9/4Henry de BromheadRachael Blackmore
2ndBenie Des Dieux4/6WP MullinsPaul Townend
3rdElfile16/1WP MullinsDanny Mullins

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