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David Nicholson Mares' Hurdle 2021 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.

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3:40 Tue 16 Mar DAVID NICHOLSON MARES' HURDLE

Distance: 19f 200y Age: 4yo + Prize: £90,000

ENTRY
FORM
SILKS HORSE
JOCKEY & TRAINER
AGE
WGT
ODDS
1
11-41141
jockey silks 1. ANYTHINGFORLOVE
T: Jamie Snowden
6
11-5
11-41141
2
P23122-33
jockey silks 2. BLACK TEARS
T: Gordon Elliott, Ireland
7
11-5
P23122-33
3
2/4331-11
jockey silks 3. CONCERTISTA (FR)
T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
7
11-5
2/4331-11
4
511-1U
jockey silks 4. DAME DE COMPAGNIE (FR)
T: Nicky Henderson
8
11-5
511-1U
5
32/132-23
jockey silks 5. DOLCITA (FR)
T: Fergal O'Brien
6
11-5
32/132-23
6
540-58235
jockey silks 6. EGLANTINE DU SEUIL (FR)
T: Paul Nicholls
7
11-5
540-58235
7
6/1111-221
jockey silks 7. ELIMAY (FR)
T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
7
11-5
6/1111-221
8
12129-142
jockey silks 8. FLORESSA (FR)
T: Nicky Henderson
6
11-5
12129-142
9
133083-17
jockey silks 9. GREAT WHITE SHARK (FR)
T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
7
11-5
133083-17
10
11/1111-11
jockey silks 10. HONEYSUCKLE
T: Henry de Bromhead, Ireland
7
11-5
11/1111-11
11
522311-36
jockey silks 11. INDEFATIGABLE (IRE)
T: Paul Webber
8
11-5
522311-36
12
0-2431462
jockey silks 12. MIDNIGHTS' GIFT
T: Alan King
5
11-5
0-2431462
13
31110-222
jockey silks 13. MINELLA MELODY (IRE)
T: Henry de Bromhead, Ireland
7
11-5
31110-222
14
24FB-2214
jockey silks 14. MY SISTER SARAH (IRE)
T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
7
11-5
24FB-2214
15
21121234
jockey silks 15. PERFECT MYTH
T: Neil King
7
11-5
21121234
16
323-12264
jockey silks 16. RAYNA'S WORLD (IRE)
T: Philip Kirby
6
11-5
323-12264
17
2/2524-131
jockey silks 17. ROKSANA (IRE)
T: Dan Skelton
9
11-5
2/2524-131
18
351/8-1312
jockey silks 18. THE GLANCING QUEEN (IRE)
T: Alan King
7
11-5
351/8-1312
19
4151/4-228
jockey silks 19. VERDANA BLUE (IRE)
T: Nicky Henderson
9
11-5
4151/4-228
20
1316-521P
jockey silks 20. WHITEHOTCHILLIFILI (IRE)
T: Harry Fry
7
11-5
1316-521P
21
1/22-114
jockey silks 21. WYNN HOUSE
T: Alan King
6
11-5
1/22-114

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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 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 (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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