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David Nicholson Mares' Hurdle 2020 Racecard

The David Nicholson Mares’ Hurdle is a Grade 1 National Hunt hurdle race which is open to mares aged four years or older. The David Nicholson Mares’ Hurdle is one of the newer races at the Cheltenham Festival, first run in 2008 when it was held on the final day of the meeting and run on the New Course.

4:10

Tuesday 10 March

Distance: 19f 200y Age: 4yo + Prize: £120000 Going: Soft (Heavy in places)

FORM
ENTRY
SILK HORSE
JOCKEY & TRAINER
AGE
WGT
ODDS

1
jockey silks 1. BENIE DES DIEUX (FR)
J: P. Townend
T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
9
11-5
Successful on all 8 completed starts for yard, her only defeat coming when falling at last with this race at her mercy 12 months ago. Faces a tough opponent in Honeysuckle but still the one to beat.
55 stars

2
jockey silks 2. CAP SOLEIL (FR)
J: Paddy Brennan
T: Fergal O'Brien
7
11-5
Did well in 2017/18 (second in Dawn Run at Festival) but very lightly raced since. Shaped as if retaining ability when fifth in Warwick listed on return but still hard to be positive about prospects.
11 stars

3
jockey silks 3. CROSSGALESFAMEGAME (IRE)
J: Max Kendrick
T: Fergal O'Brien
6
11-5
Market Rasen maiden winner in November. Creditable third at Newbury last month but surely biting off more than she can chew in this.
11 stars

4
jockey silks 4. DESARAY GIRL (FR)
J: Sam Twiston-Davies
T: Philip Kirby
5
11-5
Well held in bumpers but has different proposition over hurdles, winning first 3 starts, including Haydock listed in December. Nowhere near her best when remote fourth at Warwick latest, though.
11 stars

5
jockey silks 5. ELFILE (FR)
J: D. E. Mullins
T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
6
11-5
Made it 3 wins from 4 starts when beating Black Tears by 2½ lengths in Punchestown Grade 3 last time but she had been put in her place by Stormy Island at Leopardstown prior to that.
33 stars

6
jockey silks 6. HONEYSUCKLE
J: Rachael Blackmore
T: Henry de Bromhead, Ireland
6
11-5
Made it 7-7 over hurdles when proving ½ length too strong for Darver Star in Irish Champion at Leopardstown. Also a Grade 1 winner over 2½m and unlikely to give up unbeaten record without a fight.
44 stars

7
jockey silks 7. LADY BUTTONS
J: Thomas Dowson
T: Philip Kirby
10
11-5
Likeable and versatile mare who was won 7 of her last 10 starts, including back-to-back successes in 2m Doncaster Grade 2 hurdle. Sure to give it her all again but was only fourth 12 months ago.
33 stars

8
jockey silks 8. POPONG (IRE)
J: Aidan Coleman
T: Henry de Bromhead, Ireland
6
11-5
Pair of novice wins last spring. Creditable second in Punchestown novice when last seen in November but looks very much the yard second string here.
11 stars

9
jockey silks 9. ROKSANA (IRE)
J: Harry Skelton
T: Dan Skelton
8
11-5
The beneficiary of Benie des Dieux's fall in this 12 months ago. Another fine effort here when second in Relkeel on New Year's Day. Should give a good account but more needed to trouble the big 2.
33 stars

10
jockey silks 10. STORMY IRELAND (FR)
J: Robbie Power
T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
6
11-5
Smart front-running hurdler who completed a hat-trick of listed/Graded wins in Ireland this winter when seeing off 6 rivals at Naas in January. Second to Roksana 12 months ago.
33 stars

Analyst's Verdict

A mouthwatering clash between two top-notch mares. BENIE DES DIEUX would be unbeaten for the Willie Mullins yard had she cleared the final flight in this 12 months ago. She was impressive on her return at Gowran in January and is taken to gain compensation for last year but promises to be pushed all the way by Honeysuckle who made it 7-7 over hurdles in the Irish Champion. Roksana can take third.

The David Nicholson Mares’ Hurdle was switched to its current position on day one of the Cheltenham Festival in 2009, and was upgraded to Grade 1 status in 2015.

The race is now run on the Old Course over a distance of about two and a half miles (2 miles, 3 furlongs and 200 yards), and horses will jump nine hurdles in total.

Though one of the less valuable Grade 1 races at the Cheltenham Festival, the David Nicholson Mares’ Hurdle has plenty of heritage associated with it, named as it is after the legendary trainer who won 17 races at the Cheltenham Festival, having also ridden five at the meeting as a jockey.

David Nicholson , who died in 2006, was British jump racing Champion Trainer in the 1993–94 and 1994–95 seasons.

The son of Herbert Charles Denton Nicholson (or ‘Frenchie’ Nicholson), who was also a successful jockey and National Hunt trainer, David Nicholson was nicknamed 'The Duke' by one of his father's grooms, and won the Cheltenham Gold Cup with Charter Party in 1988 and the Queen Mother Champion Chase with Viking Flagship in 1994 and 1995. He retired in 1999.

The David Nicholson Mares’ Hurdle has been dominated by Willie Mullins , who is the most successful trainer in the race’s history.

He successfully saddled Quevega to win the next six renewals following Whiteoak’s victory in the 2008 David Nicholson Mares’ Hurdle, a race that Mullins didn’t have any runners in.

Quevega was retired in May 2014, two months after recording her final win in the David Nicholson Mares’ Hurdle aged 10.

Mullins won the following year’s renewal, though it wasn’t with the hot favourite Annie Power, who was four lengths clear when falling at the final flight of hurdles under Ruby Walsh. Instead, it was the 6/1 chance Glens Melody who prevailed.

The fall of Annie Power was not only a costly one for her jockey, but a blow to punters who had backed her into 2/1-on favourite for the race.

Annie Power was the fourth leg of lots of large multiple placed on horses trained by Mullins who were running on the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival.

The first three runners, Douvan, Un de Sceaux and Faugheen, all won, and it was estimated by bookmakers that the fall of Annie Power saved them upwards of £50 million of payouts.

Mullins won two of the three following renewals of the David Nicholson Mares’ Hurdle, with the Gordon Elliott -trained Apple’s Jade the only horse who has broken that pattern.

Apple’s Jade beat Mullins runners into second and third when winning the 2017 David Nicholson Mares’ Hurdle, but could only manage third place a year later.

In almost an exact replica of Annie Power’s fall, Benie des Dieux lost the 2019 renewal when departing at the last when well clear, leaving the path clear for Roksana to oblige for Dan Skelton.

In terms of Timeform ratings, it usually takes a useful performance to win the David Nicholson Mares’ Hurdle. The best performance was Quevega’s 2009 win, where she won by 14 lengths from United, and recorded a rating classed as smart on Timeform’s scale.

It’s no surprise that the most successful jockey in the David Nicholson Mares’ Hurdle is Ruby Walsh , the number one jockey for Willie Mullins.

Walsh has ridden all-but-one of the yard’s winners, and his record of eight wins in the race is unlikely to be surpassed by any other rider. The only other jockeys to win the race are Jason Maguire (Whiteoak), Paul Townend (Glens Melody), Bryan Cooper (Apple’s Jade) and Harry Skelton (Roksana).

The only other jockeys to win the race are Jason Maguire (Whiteoak), Paul Townend (Glens Melody) and Bryan Cooper (Apple’s Jade).

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David Nicholson Mares' Hurdle 2020 FAQs

What is the distance of the David Nicholson Mares' Hurdle?

2 miles, 3 furlongs and 200 yards

How many obstacles are jumped in the David Nicholson Mares' Hurdle?

9

What day of the festival is the David Nicholson Mares' Hurdle?

Day 1

What time is the David Nicholson Mares' Hurdle?

16:10

What weights are carried for the David Nicholson Mares' Hurdle?

11 st 5 lb (5yo+). 10 st 10 lb (4yo).

What is the purse for the David Nicholson Mares' Hurdle?

£120,000 (2020)

Who is the leading jockey in the David Nicholson Mares' Hurdle*?

Ruby Walsh

Who is the leading trainer in the David Nicholson Mares' Hurdle*?

Willie Mullins

Who won the David Nicholson Mares' Hurdle?

You can check out our David Nicholson Mares' Hurdle results page here to see a list of previous winners.

Where can I compare the odds for the David Nicholson Mares' Hurdle?

Click the link to visit our David Nicholson Mares' Hurdle Odds Comparison page.

*Since 1977

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