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Dawn Run Novices' Hurdle 2020 Racecard

The Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle, also known as the Dawn Run Mares' Novices' Hurdle, is the newest race at the Cheltenham Festival.

4:50

Thursday 12 March

Distance: 16f 179y Age: 4yo + Prize: £90000 Going: Soft (Good to Soft in places)

FORM
ENTRY
SILK HORSE
JOCKEY & TRAINER
AGE
WGT
ODDS

1
jockey silks 1. ARD ABHAINN (IRE)
J: Davy Russell
T: Gordon Elliott, Ireland
6
11-7
Bumper winner who is going the right way over hurdles, readily seeing off 8 rivals to make it 2 from 3 in this sphere in 2m Thurles listed event last time. Capable of better again.
44 stars

2
jockey silks 2. EMMAS JOY (IRE)
J: Harry Skelton
T: Dan Skelton
7
11-7
Point/bumper winner who turned in a dominant display of front running to gain a third win over hurdles in a Grade 2 at Warwick last month. Will be a lot harder to dominate here but she's likeable.
33 stars

3
jockey silks 3. FLORESSA (FR)
J: Nico de Boinville
T: Nicky Henderson
5
11-7
Bumper winner who showed useful form when winning listed novice at Newbury in November. Not seen to best effect in Grade 2 mares' event at Doncaster last time, and remains capable of better.
44 stars

4
jockey silks 4. MINELLA MELODY (IRE)
J: Rachael Blackmore
T: Henry de Bromhead, Ireland
6
11-7
Useful bumper performer who is unbeaten in 3 starts over hurdles, responding well to see off Colreevy and Dolcita in the Solerina at Fairyhouse last time. More to come, so holds leading claims.
55 stars

5
jockey silks 5. COLREEVY (IRE)
J: P. Townend
T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
7
11-2
Grade 1 bumper winner who has improved with each run over hurdles, scoring at Limerick before fine second to Minella Melody in Grade 3 at Fairyhouse last time. Has more to offer and shortlisted.
44 stars

6
jockey silks 6. CONCERTISTA (FR)
J: Daryl Jacob
T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
6
11-2
Ran a cracker after 21 months off when narrowly touched off in this race last year and back to that level when 4¾ lengths third of 27 on her handicap debut at Leopardstown last time. Much respected.
44 stars

7
jockey silks 7. DOLCITA (FR)
J: Robbie Power
T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
5
11-2
Made light of a 10-month absence when running out a commanding winner of 2m Tramore maiden in December. Confirmed that promise when 3 lengths third of 7 to Minella Melody last time. Remains unexposed.
33 stars

8
jockey silks 8. FORT WORTH TEXAS (IRE)
J: Mr B. O'Neill
T: Colin Bowe, Ireland
6
11-2
Bumper winner who improved to open hurdle account in 22f maiden at Punchestown 22 days ago. That was reasonably impressive, but faces a stiff task back down in trip here. Cheekpieces on.
22 stars

9
jockey silks 9. FULL OF SURPRISES (FR)
J: Barry Geraghty
T: Neil Mulholland
5
11-2
Half-sister to smart hurdlers Lac Fontana and All Yours. Ran out an impressive winner on hurdling bow at Catterick, but proved a major disappointment at Wetherby next time. Easy to look elsewhere.
22 stars

10
jockey silks 10. GETAWAY TOTHEROCK (IRE)
J: Liam Treadwell
T: Alastair Ralph
7
11-2
Well held in a bumper but has proven a different proposition over hurdles, making a winning handicap debut in fine style at Ludlow last month. This drop in trip not sure to be in her favour, though.
33 stars

11
jockey silks 11. LA FELINE (FR)
J: B. J. Cooper
T: Paul Nolan, Ireland
5
11-2
Lightly-raced mare who ran out an emphatic winner of a 14-runner Thurles maiden (21f) 42 days ago. That was a very ordinary affair though, so a lot more needed raised significantly in grade here.
22 stars

12
jockey silks 12. MOUNT IDA (IRE)
J: M. P. Walsh
T: Gordon Elliott, Ireland
6
11-2
Bumper winner who won maiden at Galway in good style in October. Lost little in defeat to Minella Melody next time but failed to meet expectations at Fairyhouse on New Year's Day. Off since.
33 stars

13
jockey silks 13. RAYNA'S WORLD (IRE)
J: Thomas Dowson
T: Philip Kirby
5
11-2
Fairly useful Flat performer who has made a promising start over hurdles, again going with enthusiasm when runner-up at Wetherby a couple of months ago. Has her work cut out here, however.
22 stars

14
jockey silks 14. RHYTHM DIVINE (IRE)
J: D. J. O'Keeffe
T: T. Gibney, Ireland
6
11-2
Fairly useful maiden hurdler. Yet to be asked for an effort when falling 3 out on her handicap debut at Leopardstown last month, but is surely biting off more than she can chew here.
11 stars

15
jockey silks 15. ROSIE AND MILLIE (IRE)
J: Brendan Powell
T: Michael Scudamore
7
11-2
Improver on the back of wind op this season, winning maiden at Ayr with loads in hand in November. Good neck second in Haydock listed event since, but her tendency to jump right remains a concern.
22 stars

16
jockey silks 16. TIMETOCHILL (IRE)
J: Adam Wedge
T: Kelly Morgan
7
11-2
Dual bumper winner who landed a maiden at Market Rasen and a novice at Musselburgh in November. Improved when a close-up fourth in Doncaster Grade 2 since, though was seen to maximum effect.
22 stars

17
jockey silks 17. VIENNA COURT (IRE)
J: Sam Twiston-Davies
T: Nigel Twiston-Davies
5
11-2
Sturdy mare who gained a second win over hurdles in decisive fashion at Taunton last month. Ran perfectly respectably up in grade behind Emmas Joy at Warwick but a return to 2m isn't sure to suit.
22 stars

18
jockey silks 18. WHITEHOTCHILLIFILI (IRE)
J: Jonathan Burke
T: Harry Fry
6
11-2
Above average bumper winner who resumed winning ways back down in trip at Exeter (16.8f, heavy) last month, possessing a better turn of foot than the runner-up. This is much tougher, though.
33 stars

19
jockey silks 19. YUKON LIL
J: D. E. Mullins
T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
6
11-2
Dual bumper winner who scored in the manner of a useful prospect on hurdling debut at Naas (2m) in December. Disappointed in the Solerina since but could easily get back on the up now.
33 stars

20
jockey silks 20. MIDNIGHTS' GIFT
J: Tom Cannon
T: Alan King
4
10-13
Good start to hurdles career, building on Fakenham debut success when running away with Aintree listed contest in December. Not disgraced since but limitations seemingly exposed.
22 stars

21
jockey silks 21. ANNA BUNINA (FR)
J: D. J. McInerney
T: John McConnell, Ireland
4
10-8
Useful Flat winner who shaped well when third on Musselburgh hurdling bow in February. Folded as if amiss at Fairyhouse next time, so remains open to improvement but this is a big ask.
11 stars

22
jockey silks 22. RED ARCHANGEL (IRE)
J: Tom Bellamy
T: Richard Spencer
4
10-8
Modest Flat maiden. Has shown bits of promise over hurdles but doesn't seem to be improving on the jumping score and is readily opposed in this grade.
11 stars

Analyst's Verdict

MINELLA MELODY posted a really good timefigure when landing the Solerina at Fairyhouse, and given that contest has thrown up 2 of the last 4 winners of this race, her claims appear to be strong. Last year’s runner-up Concertista is well respected though on the back of a seasonal best at Leopardstown, while Colreevy, Ard Abhainn and Floressa are a trio of other unexposed mares to take seriously.

First run in 2016, when it expanded the Cheltenham Festival to 28 races, the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle is a Grade 2 National Hunt hurdle race open to fillies and mares aged four years or older.

It is run on the New Course at Cheltenham over a distance of about two miles and one furlong (2 miles and 179 yards), and horses will jump eight hurdles in total.

The race is for novice mares – those that haven’t won a race over hurdles before that season – and, much like the Grade 1 David Nicholson Mares’ Hurdle, has been dominated by Willie Mullins since its inception.

It’s fitting that the Dawn Run Mares' Novices' Hurdle has been dominated by Willie Mullins, as he is the son of Paddy Mullins who trained Dawn Run, the only horse to ever complete the Champion Hurdle/Gold Cup double.

Limini started the ball rolling when winning the 2016 Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle, though half the field were just making up the numbers.

Limini produced a useful effort when beating Dusky Legend by four and a half lengths, but she had to settle for third when beaten by Apple’s Jade in the David Nicholson Mares’ Hurdle the following year.

Like Limini, the 2017 Mares' Novices' Hurdle winner Let’s Dance was owned by Rich and Susannah Ricci.

Let’s Dance was fourth in the previous year's Triumph Hurdle, and her relative experience for a novice proved advantageous as she prevailed by two and three quarter lengths over the fellow Irish-trained mare Barra .

The third Mares' Novices' Hurdle winner also had a name starting with ‘L’: Laurina .

Though it was the weakest race of the Festival, the heavily-backed winner scored in a fashion that suggests she'd have been competitive in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, which would have been a more interesting proposition than this demolition job.

The 2019 edition threw up a surprise winner in the shape of 50/1-shot Eglantine du Seuil, with the 66/1 Concertista following her home, with both mares trained by Mullins.

In terms of Timeform ratings, only a useful effort has been needed to win the Mares' Novices' Hurdle.

Willie Mullins is the only trainer to have won the Mares' Novices' Hurdle, but two jockeys have shared the prizes.

Ruby Walsh is the most successful Mares' Novices' Hurdle jockey, with a brace of wins thanks to Limini (2016) and Let’s Dance (2017), while Paul Townend made the most of Walsh’s absence (had sustained an injury when falling on Al Boum Photo in the RSA Chase) when guiding Laurina to victory in 2018. Noel Fehily, at his final Cheltenham Festival before retiring, won the 2019 renewal on Eglantine du Seuil.

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Dawn Run Novices' Hurdle 2020 FAQs

What is the distance of the Dawn Run Novices' Hurdle?

2 miles and 1 furlong

How many obstacles are jumped in the Dawn Run Novices' Hurdle?

8

What day of the festival is the Dawn Run Novices' Hurdle?

Day 3

What time is the Dawn Run Novices' Hurdle?

16:50

What weights are carried for the Dawn Run Novices' Hurdle?

11 st 2 lb (5yo+). 10 st 9 lb (4yo).

What is the purse for the Dawn Run Novices' Hurdle?

£90,000 (2020)

Who is the leading jockey in the Dawn Run Novices' Hurdle?

Ruby Walsh

Who is the leading trainer in the Dawn Run Novices' Hurdle?

Willie Mullins

Who won the Dawn Run Novices' Hurdle?

You can check out our Dawn Run Novices' Hurdle results page here to see a list of previous winners.

Where can I compare the odds for the Dawn Run Novices' Hurdle?

Click the link to visit our Dawn Run Novices' Hurdle Odds Comparison page.

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