OLBG Mares' Hurdle Race

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What You Need to Know

  1. The Mares' Hurdle is a is a Grade 1 National Hunt hurdle race that takes place at the famous Cheltenham Racecourse each spring. The 2016 race will start on Champion Day, Tuesday the 15th of March at 4.10pm.
  2. Our free tip for the race is published on the day and can be found on our horse racing tips page.
  3. The race has been part of the Cheltenham Festival since 2008. It always attracts a big crowd and sparks a flurry of betting.
  4. The race is run along a left-handed turf course two miles and four furlongs in distance with nine hurdles to be jumped, and is open to mares aged four and over.
  5. Ruby Walsh holds the record for the most wins. The Irishman has rode six successive winners, from 2009 to 2014, inclusive.
  6. Notably, Quevega was Walsh's ride for each of his victories, making her the most successful horse in the history of the Mares' Hurdle, that’s six wins in total.
  7. Trainer Willie Mullins has won the race 2009 to 2015 inclusive, seven winners.
  8. Getting to Cheltenham is very easy, whether you're travelling by car or by train. During the festival, regular free shuttle buses whisk racing fans from the station to the course.
  9. Even if you can't get to Cheltenham, it's still easy to have a flutter on the Mares' Cup. For the best odds and range of bets, sign up for an online betting account. We have put together the top 10 bettings sites in the UK with great introductory offers for new customers. 

The Mares' Hurdle, otherwise known as the OLBG Mares' Hurdle, is a Grade 1 National Hunt hurdle race, held as part of the Cheltenham Festival each spring.

Despite being a relatively new event, the race is already a firm favourite with the Cheltenham crowds, plus it's also a big hit with sports betting fans, especially since the rise of online betting makes it very easy to have a flutter from home. 

 

History of the OLBG Mares' Hurdle

The Mares' Hurdle is a relatively new addition to the National Hunt calendar, having only been founded in 2008. In the first year, it was run on the New Course of the famous Cheltenham Racecourse and held on the first day of the festival and was given Grade 2 status.

In its second year, however, it was switched to the Old Course of, where it is still raced, and, more recently, it was confirmed that the Mares' Hurdle will be upgraded to Grade 1 status from the 2015 event.

 

The Race Today

The Mares' Hurdle takes place on the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival, Champion Day.

The race is run along a left-handed turf course two miles and four furlongs in distance (or 4,023 metres), with nine hurdles to be jumped. As always, the race is open to mares aged four years or older.

While it may not be the most famous of races taking place at the Cheltenham Festival, the Mares' Hurdle nevertheless attracts a big crowd, partly due to the fact it almost always has famous jockeys competing in it.

As well as being a hit with the Cheltenham crowds, the race is also popular with sports betting fans, even though the result has been quite predictable over recent years. Nowadays, it's named after its chief sponsor, OLBG.

 

OLBG Mares Hurdle 2016 Horses and Latest Odds

 

 

Betting on the OLBG Mares' Hurdle

The Mares' Hurdle is perfect for having a flutter on. If you're lucky enough to get a ticket to the Cheltenham Festival, then you will have no problem finding a trackside bookie to offer you odds on the event.

If you can't get down to Cheltenham for the Festival, then the best way to have a wager on the action is to open an online sports betting account. Betting companies such as Bet365.com offer the biggest range of betting markets and the latest odds, in addition to some fantastic offers for new customers, such as up to £200 in matched deposits.

Facts and Records

The Mares' Hurdle is one of the newest National Hunt events and so doesn't boast anything like the history of most other races. That said, the event has already produced its fair share of racing trivia. Here are just a few facts you should know:

  • The winner of the race is awarded the David Nicholson Trophy, named after the National Hunt jockey and trainer who enjoyed great success at Cheltenham Festival in particular.
  • Ruby Walsh holds the record for the most wins. The Irishman has rode six successive winners, from 2009 to 2014, inclusive.
  • Notably, Quevega was Walsh's ride for each of his victories, making her the most successful horse in the history of the Mares' Hurdle.
  • What's more, Willie Mullins was the trainer every year, meaning he holds the record for training the most winners.

 

Past Winners

YearWinnerAgeJockeyTrainer
2008 Whiteoak 5 Jason Maguire Donald McCain, Jr.
2009 Quevega 5 Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins
2010 Quevega 6 Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins
2011 Quevega 7 Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins
2012 Quevega 8 Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins
2013 Quevega 9 Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins
2014 Quevega 10 Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins
2015 Glens Melody 7 Paul Townend Willie Mullins

Getting to the Race

The Mares' Hurdle is always held at the famous Cheltenham Racecourse, just outside of the city of Cheltenham in Gloucestershire, England. Getting to the course is very easy, whether you're travelling by car or by public transport.

  • For the duration of the festival, regular shuttle buses run to the racecourse from Cheltenham Spa railway station, with the station offering direct links with London, Bristol, Birmingham and many other places.
  • If you're driving, then the racecourse can be found at GL50 4SH and is easily-reached from Junctions 9 or 10 of the M5 motorway. For the Cheltenham Festival, visitors are able to make use of plenty of free parking within easy walking distance of the famous old course.

For more information about getting to Cheltenham, visit the official website.

 

 

Further Reading

  • The Cheltenham Festival is one of the great sporting occasions in the UK. Visit the official website and start planning your trip to the races.

 

 

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