RYANAIR MARES NOVICES’ HURDLE 2024

Ryanair Mares' Novices' Hurdle Runners And Entries 2024

The runners & entries for the Ryanair Mares' Novices' Hurdle (also known as the Dawn Run Mares Novices’ Hurdle) for this year's Cheltenham Festival can all be found below.

This is a full list of entries, but there will be declarations 5 days before the race, and final declarations 48 hours before.

Ryanair Mares' Novices' Hurdle (Grade 2) (Registered As The Dawn Run Mares' Novices' Hurdle) (GBB)

1st
Lorcan Williams

Golden Ace

Age: 6
Weight: 11.1
OR: 124
J:
 
Lorcan Williams
T:
 
Jeremy Scott
travelled strongly, towards rear but in touch with leaders, not fluent 4 out, headway and prominent 2 out, going best when led narrowly approaching last, ridden and kept on well run-in
2nd
Jack Kennedy

Brighterdaysahead

Age: 5
Weight: 11.5
OR: 143
J:
 
Jack Kennedy
T:
 
Gordon Elliott
took keen hold, in touch with leaders, mistake 4 out, slightly hampered when prominent 2 out, challenging approaching last, briefly disputed lead last, no extra inside final 110yds
3rd
Rachael Blackmore

Birdie Or Bust

Age: 6
Weight: 11.5
OR: 130
J:
 
Rachael Blackmore
T:
 
Henry De Bromhead
took keen hold, in touch with leaders, soon went second, jumped left and not fluent when led 2 out, increased tempo after 2 out, headed approaching last, jumped left last, drifted right and no extra run-in
4th
Paul Townend

Jade De Grugy

Age: 5
Weight: 11.5
OR: 141
J:
 
Paul Townend
T:
 
W P Mullins
took keen hold, in touch with leaders, short of room and lost ground after 2 out, headway approaching last, kept on run-in

Mares' Novices' Hurdle Tips

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Cheltenham - April 17 2024
Cheltenham 13:40
12
James Turner

Torn And Frayed

J: James Turner
T: Nigel Twiston-Davies
James Turner

Torn And Frayed

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william_hill
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17/2
10/1
Age: 10
Weight: 10-6
OR: 126
Days: 34
DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
14/03/24CHL20.5Sft10-610
17/02/24ASC24GS10-86
01/01/24CHL20.5Hy10-25
16/12/23CHL20.5Sft10-26
18/11/23CHL20Sft10-2F
Cheltenham 13:05
2
Paddy Brennan

Kamsinas

J: Paddy Brennan
T: Fergal O'Brien
Paddy Brennan

Kamsinas

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15/2
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15/2
8/1
Age: 7
Weight: 11-6
OR: 132
Days: 32
DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
16/03/24KEM21GS11-111
10/02/24NBY16.5Hy11-310
26/12/23AIN16.5Sft11-86
25/11/23HAY15.5GS11-21
27/10/23CHL16.5Gd11-22
Cheltenham 12:30
3
Nico de Boinville

Peaky Boy

J: Nico de Boinville
T: Nicky Henderson
Nico de Boinville

Peaky Boy

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6/4
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6/4
7/4
Age: 6
Weight: 11-10
OR: N/A
Days: 107
DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
01/01/24CHL20.5Hy11-71
17/11/22NCS16Sft11-21
25/10/22BAN16.5GS11-12
Newmarket - April 17 2024
Newmarket 14:00
7(8)
William Buick

Ottoman Fleet

J: William Buick
T: Charlie Appleby
William Buick

Ottoman Fleet

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3/1
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11/4
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5/2
3/1
Age: 5
Weight: 9-2
OR: 112
Days: 54
DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
23/02/24MEY9Gd9-28
26/01/24MEY9Gd9-02
22/12/23MEY9Gd9-23
10/06/23BLM10Fm8-103
06/05/23BLM9Fm8-101
Newmarket 14:35
2(8)
William Buick

Dance Sequence

J: William Buick
T: Charlie Appleby
William Buick

Dance Sequence

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8/13
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4/7
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4/7
13/20
Age: 3
Weight: 9-2
OR: 106
Days: 187
DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
13/10/23NMK7Sft9-21
01/07/23NMK7Gd9-21
Newmarket 13:25
4(2)
Ryan Moore

Gasper De Lemos

J: Ryan Moore
T: A P O'Brien
Ryan Moore

Gasper De Lemos

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5/1
13/2
Age: 3
Weight: 9-2
OR: 96
Days: 186
DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
14/10/23NMK10Sft9-42
24/09/23CUR7Y/Sft9-71
17/08/23LEO8Gd9-54
Newmarket 12:50
5(15)
Kieran Shoemark

Aberama Gold

J: Kieran Shoemark
T: David O'Meara
Kieran Shoemark

Aberama Gold

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33/1
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28/1
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25/1
40/1
Age: 7
Weight: 9-6
OR: 97
Days: 19
DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
29/03/24NCS6St9-06
24/02/24STH5St9-26
18/11/23LIN6St9-54
11/11/23NCS6St9-54
28/10/23DON5Hy9-71

Sixth race of THURSDAY

The Ryanair Mares' Novices' Hurdle is the penultimate race on Thursday and is the newest race at the Cheltenham Festival.

The race was introduced in 2016, as part of a new programme for mares. It was given Grade 2 status, which it still retains and is ran over 2 miles with eight hurdles for the mares to contend with.

There is prize money of £50,000 to the winner and the race is open to novice mares who are aged four and above.

This race has been a strong point for trainer Willie Mullins, who has dominated the event since its inception.

History of the Mares' Novices' Hurdle

The Mares' Novices' Hurdle debuted in 2016, expanding the Cheltenham Festival to its longest-ever format with 28 races. This addition created more championship opportunities for female horses. The race honors the legendary Dawn Run, the only horse to have captured both the Champion Hurdle (1984) and the Cheltenham Gold Cup (1986).

The first three runnings were sponsored by Trull House Stud and therefore up until 2018, the race was known as the Trull House Stud Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle.

This race quickly became a showcase for the powerhouse duo of trainer Willie Mullins and jockey Ruby Walsh. They achieved a remarkable winning streak, particularly with the phenomenal mare Quevega, claiming six consecutive victories from 2009 to 2014.

Mullins' dominance extended beyond Quevega, as he went on to train other winners like Limini (2016), Let's Dance (2017), Laurina (2018), and Eglantine du Seuil (2019)

Trainers from England have occasionally broken through, with wins like Roksana (2019) for the Skelton team and Marie's Rock (2022) for Nicky Henderson.

From 2020-2023, the brilliant Honeysuckle, also trained by Willie Mullins, stamped her authority on this race with four consecutive victories.

Recent years

The race has been run four times, and astonishingly, each victory has belonged to trainer Willie Mullins. Strikingly, all his winners have been five-year-old mares.

Willie Mullins:

Limini (2016)

Let’s Dance (2017)

Laurina (2018)

Eglantine Du Seuil (2019)

Mullins’ four victories in the race came with Ruby Walsh on board two of them and he’s the only jockey to have had more than one success in the race, making him the most successful to date. He may have had a third but lost his 2018 ride on Laurina due to injury and therefore that was Paul Townend’s gain and Townend will likely ride Mullin’s main hope in 2020.

Eglantine Du Seuil's 50/1 victory in 2019 gave jockey Noel Fehily a memorable final Festival win before his retirement.

Ruby Walsh:

Limini (2016)

Let’s Dance (2017)

With the 2024 Cheltenham Festival approaching, it's always exciting to speculate on Willie Mullins' potential entries for the Mares' Novices' Hurdle. Mullins has a history of dominating this race, so keep an eye on all his runners. While Paul Townend often rides his best contender, don't overlook some of Mullins' longer-priced horses, as they could offer surprising value.

Ryanair Mares' Novices' Hurdle Winners

Previous Mares' Novices' Hurdle Winners


Year Horse Jockey Trainer
2023 You Wear It Well Gavin Sheehan Jamie Snowden
2022 Love Envoi Jonathan Burke Harry Fry
2021 Telmesomethinggirl Rachael Blackmore Henry de Bromhead
2020 Concertista Daryl Jacob Willie Mullins
2019 Eglantine Du Seuil Noel Fehily Willie Mullins
2018 Laurina Paul Townend Willie Mullins
2017 Let's Dance Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins
2016 Limini Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins

Dawn Run Mares' Novices' Hurdle FAQs

Finding Tips For The Ryanair Run Mares' Novices Hurdle

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