MARES NOVICES’ HURDLE

The Ryanair Mares Novices’ Hurdle is registered as the Dawn Run Mares Novices’ Hurdle, named after the legendary mare.

It was introduced in 2016 as an alternative option to the Close Brothers Mares' Hurdle for novice fillies and mares.

Grade 2 | 4yo+ novices | Thursday 16.50 
2 miles 1 furlong | 8 hurdles | New Course
Weight: 10st 9lb (4yo) / 11st 2lb (5yo+)
Prize money (2022): £105,000 | 1st: £59,084

Its addition to the Festival was one of various measures introduced to bolster the numbers of jumping mares in training.

There are penalties of 5lb for winners of a Class 1 hurdle, or 3lb for winners of a Class 2 hurdle or a Class 1 handicap hurdle.

Willie Mullins trained the first 5 winners
5/6 winners rated in the 140s
3/6 favourites won

Just like with the Close Brothers Hurdle on Day 1, Willie Mullins has dominated this race - with 5 winners, all rated in the 140s.

He has had a total of 23 runners in the six renewals thus far, including a 1-2 in 2019 and a remarkable 1-2-4-5 in 2020.

Nicky Henderson has a surprisingly poor record with none of his 9 runners having been able to live with the Irish raiders.

That includes his 15/8 favourite Epatante, who finished just ninth in 2019.

LAST 5 WINNERS’ DATA

YEAR
AGE
OFFICIAL RATING
WEIGHT
2022
6
135
11-7
2021
6
136
11-2
2020
6
141
11-2
2019
5
141
11-2
2018
5
144
11-7

PREVIOUS WINNERS

YEAR
WINNER
JOCKEY / TRAINER
SP
2022
Love Envoi
Jonathan Burke / Harry Fry
15/2
2021
Telmesomethinggirl
Rachael Blackmore / Henry de Bromhead
5/1
2020
Concertista
Daryl Jacob / W P Mullins
9/2
2019
Eglantine Du Seuil
Noel Fehily / W P Mullins
50/1
2018
Laurina
Paul Townend / W P Mullins
4/7f
2017
Let’s Dance
Ruby Walsh / W P Mullins
11/8f
2016
Limini
Ruby Walsh / W P Mullins
8/11f

The 2021 Mares Novices’ Hurdle winner was Telmesomethinggirl for trainer Henry de Bromhead:

Runner-up in 2019, Concertista bolted up a year later despite still being a maiden:

It was a memorable 1-2 for Willie Mullins in 2019, with Eglantine Du Seuil & Concertista going off at 50/1 and 66/1 respectively.

The winner had been off the track since the previous September, while the runner-up was making her hurdling debut.

Hot favourite Epatante - winner of the Champion Hurdle the following year - made several mistakes and finished ninth:

Laurina lived up to her reputation to fully justify odds of just 4/7 in 2018, winning by 18 lengths despite an error at the last: