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David Nicholson Mares' Hurdle 2022 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 Tue 15 Mar DAVID NICHOLSON MARES' HURDLE

Distance: 19f 200y Age: 4yo + Prize: £120,000

ENTRY
FORM
SILKS HORSE
JOCKEY & TRAINER
AGE
WGT
1
141-43125
jockey silks 1. ANYTHINGFORLOVE
T: Jamie Snowden
7
11-5
141-43125
2
11/7703
jockey silks 2. BURNING VICTORY (FR)
T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
6
11-5
11/7703
3
31/112-311
jockey silks 3. CONCERTISTA (FR)
T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
8
11-5
31/112-311
4
0-0291217
jockey silks 4. DYSART DIAMOND (IRE)
T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
7
11-5
0-0291217
5
5/1411-134
jockey silks 5. ECHOES IN RAIN (FR)
T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
6
11-5
5/1411-134
6
1132-314
jockey silks 6. ELLE EST BELLE
T: Dan Skelton
6
11-5
1132-314
7
2/1113-4
jockey silks 7. FINEST EVERMORE (IRE)
T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
6
11-5
2/1113-4
8
1/11302-15
jockey silks 8. GAULOISE (FR)
T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
6
11-5
1/11302-15
9
41410/12-5
jockey silks 9. GETAWAY TOTHEROCK (IRE)
T: Alastair Ralph
9
11-5
41410/12-5
10
4411-0642
jockey silks 10. HEAVEN HELP US (IRE)
T: Paul Hennessy, Ireland
8
11-5
4411-0642
11
36472-162
jockey silks 11. INDEFATIGABLE (IRE)
T: Paul Webber
9
11-5
36472-162
12
11/73-371P
jockey silks 12. MARIE'S ROCK (IRE)
T: Nicky Henderson
7
11-5
11/73-371P
13
1181-1411
jockey silks 13. MARTELLO SKY
T: Lucy Wadham
6
11-5
1181-1411
14
71113-151
jockey silks 14. MOLLY OLLYS WISHES
T: Dan Skelton
8
11-5
71113-151
15
312-42733
jockey silks 15. MOLLYS GLORY (IRE)
T: M. C. Grassick, Ireland
7
11-5
312-42733
16
1324F1-14
jockey silks 16. MRS MILNER (IRE)
T: Paul Nolan, Ireland
7
11-5
1324F1-14
17
45-538162
jockey silks 17. MY SISTER SARAH (IRE)
T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
8
11-5
45-538162
18
1/2113-244
jockey silks 18. NADA TO PRADA
T: Michael Scudamore
7
11-5
1/2113-244
19
454-111F2
jockey silks 19. NINA THE TERRIER (IRE)
T: Alan King
6
11-5
454-111F2
20
F1-3
jockey silks 20. PICCADILLY LILLY
T: Alan King
5
11-5
F1-3
21
211/55-41U
jockey silks 21. POLITESSE (IRE)
T: Mrs Lorna Fowler, Ireland
8
11-5
211/55-41U
22
13/123-21
jockey silks 22. QUEENS BROOK (IRE)
T: Gordon Elliott, Ireland
7
11-5
13/123-21
23
511129-21
jockey silks 23. ROYAL KAHALA (IRE)
T: Peter Fahey, Ireland
7
11-5
511129-21
24
141-FP473
jockey silks 24. SKYACE (IRE)
T: John Joseph Hanlon, Ireland
7
11-5
141-FP473
25
22921-161
jockey silks 25. STORMY IRELAND (FR)
T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
8
11-5
22921-161
26
31131-553
jockey silks 26. TELMESOMETHINGGIRL (IRE)
T: Henry de Bromhead, Ireland
7
11-5
31131-553
27
23121314
jockey silks 27. WESTERN VICTORY (IRE)
T: Emma Lavelle
9
11-5
23121314

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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 2022 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 (2019)

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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