Mares Hurdle Trends

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Mares Hurdle Trends 2022

The Mares Hurdle on the Tuesday of the festival is the final Grade One on the first day of the meeting and although losing some of its intended runners to other events, it still leaves a superb field of Grade One winning mares.

It gives the horses the only real chance for them to compete within their own sex at the festival for a bumper £67,524 to the winner.

An ideal mix of speed and stamina is needed but cutting deeper into the trends since the races inception in 2008 could yield the winner of the 2m4f event.

Stat One

10 out of 14 previous winners were rated at least 150, with the main thing to take from this would be that class tells in this contest, last year's winner Black Tears was rated 148, so just under the 150 mark but still a classy horse.

Those below the 150 threshold normally don't even end up running in this event, taking their chances in the handicap events instead.

Stat Two

11 of the last 14 winners had also won their previous start before coming to the festival.

This goes against the favourite Telmesomethinggirl, Champion Bumper third Queens Brook and Grade One winner Echoes In Rain who all failed to win last time out.

However, horses near the top of the market like Royal Kahala, Stormy Ireland and Burning Victory all won with authority last time out and enhance their credentials with this stat.

Stat Three

The Irish have had an unrivalled grip over this race since 2008 and nine of the winners have been trained by Willie Mullins.

A big part of that is down to Quevega taking the race six years in a row.

Mullins’ is a master of lining them up in the right race, it can be a case of Mullins bingo leading up to the festival as to what race he’ll send his horses for, but whatever he declares should be in your shortlists.

The current leaders at the top of the ante-post market for the race that are trained by Mullins are: Concertista, Stormy Ireland, Burning Victory, Echoes In Rain and Finest Evermore.

Stat Four

Adding to the importance of proven class coming into the race, 10 of the 14 winners had won a Grade One or Grade Two hurdle.

Again a portion of this comes form Quevega dominating this race for six years straight, she brought a high level of class to the field and it clearly shone through.

Apple’s Jade, Glens Melody and Vroum Vroum Mag had all proved themselves as top quality before coming to Cheltenham to win this.

Black Tears last year let down this trend, but still managed to win a Grade Three before taking her first Grade One showing that class is needed.

Stat Five

Finally, eight of the 13 winners had ran at the previous year’s Punchestown Festival. With the Irish dominating this race it’s hardly surprising that so many winners had turned out at the late Spring festival.

The Mare's Champion Hurdle held there is a potential key race for this contest as it too is run over two and a half miles at an undulating course.

Value Angle

The value angle heading into the mares hurdle from an ante-post perspective looks to be Burning Victory for Willie Mullins with the mare fitting many of the trends.

The six year old is a Grade One winner at the festival, that won her last race before heading into the Mares Hurdle and she is also trained by Willie Mullins.

Big chance at 8/1.

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