- 1:30 Supreme Novices Hurdle
- 2:10 Arkle Chase
- 2:50 Ultima Handicap Chase
- 3:30 Champion Hurdle
- 4:10 Mares Hurdle
- 4:50 National Hunt Chase Cup
- 5:30 Close Brothers Novices Chase
- 1:30 Ballymore Novices Hurdle
- 2:10 RSA Chase
- 2:50 Coral Cup
- 3:30 Queen Mthr Champion Chase
- 4:10 Cross Country Chase
- 4:50 Fred Winter H'Cap Hurdle
- 5:30 Champion Bumper
- 1:30 JLT Novices Chase
- 2:10 Pertemps Final Hurdle
- 2:50 Ryanair Chase
- 3:30 Stayers Hurdle
- 4:10 Brown Advisory Plate
- 4:50 Mares Novices Hurdle
- 5:30 Kim Muir Chase Cup
OLBG Mares Hurdle Tips - 4.10pm Cheltenham
2019 PREVIEW DUE by FEB 5th
Our Mares hurdle tips are for the race that was made famous by the Willie Mullins trained Quevega who first won this in 2009 and successfully defended her title five times.
The ante-post favourite is last year’s winner Apple’s Jade trained by Gordon Elliott and owned by Gigginstown Stud. She looks a street clear of everything else on this season’s form and has won four times since her terrific victory twelve months ago, including three Grade 1 races.
Last time out just to show her versatility she won over three miles from Supasundae and while some are calling for her to run in the Stayers Hurdle, owner Michael O’Leary has stated he will go for the easiest race and this appears to be it.
If she runs she will be very hard to beat and would be the seventh favourite in the last ten years to oblige in this contest, quickly becoming the ‘punters’ race of the whole meeting.
Willie Mullins has won this race eight times in total and anything he runs should be taken very seriously. He saddles two runners this year but by far and away his main hope is the 7yo Benie Des Dieux.
Benie Des Dieux is an interesting mare, she has been novice chasing since coming over from France and has won all of her starts to date. With no Mares novice chase at the Festival she has been switched to run in this race and will be the mount of Ruby Walsh.
She kicked off with an easy win at Limerick and then went to Carlisle for a Listed contest. She won by 8 lengths that day over 2m4f. Last time out she won at Naas in February and its hard to know how good she is, it will be very interesting to see how she copes with Apple's Jade.
The other Mullins mare is Pravalaguna, she won a maiden hurdle last season but has failed to hit the heights expected, she has a mark of 137 which would be well short of whats needed here.
La Bague Au Roi is a mare who has been running over three miles recently, she has improved no end this season and has now won her last four starts. Last time out at Ascot she won a Grade 2 contest by 15 lengths showing she doesn’t fear soft ground. She has gone up the ratings by 14lbs this season and has not stopped improving yet.
Connections are confident the drop back in trip wont make any difference and will be very disappointed if she's not in the frame at least.
Trainer Nicky Henderson has an improving sort in Kayf Grace, the 8yo has won two of her four starts over hurdles and has been kept to two miles for now. She promises to improve when she steps up in trip so is an exciting mare. Last time out she was unplaced in the Betfair Hurdle but this looks more her cup of tea.
Gavin Cromwell has been making a name for himself over in Ireland and he saddles Jer’s Girl who ran in this last year but came down three out. It was too soon to tell how she would have fared but she was still travelling at the time.
She has had three runs over hurdles this season, all over different distances but her second to Apple’s Jade at Navan was over this trip. Next time she stepped up to three miles and ran with plenty of credit behind La Bague Au Roi and was put away after that to avoid the bad winter ground. She could be interesting back after her break on a better surface and is one of the more likely types.
Punters Lounge Tip: Apple's Jade 4/7 at Bet365 : Click Here To Bet
OLBG Mares Hurdle Runners
OLBG Mares Hurdle Trends
|10/10 Winners||Finished in first two last time out|
|10/10 Winners||Were Irish trained|
|8/10 Winners||Trained by Willie Mullins|
|9/10 Winners||Had won over 2m4f previously|
|9/10 Winners||Rated 150 or higher|
|8/10 Winners||Won last time out|
|7/10 Winners||Ridden by Ruby Walsh|
|7/10 Winners||Favourites have been successful|
OLBG Mares Hurdle Previous Winners
|2018||Benie Des Dieux||7||Ruby Walsh||Willie Mullins||9/2|
|2017||Apple's Jade||5||Bryan Cooper||Gordon Elliott||7/2|
|2016||Vroum Vroum Mag||7||Ruby Walsh||Willie Mullins||4/6|
|2015||Glens Melody||7||Paul Townend||Willie Mullins||6/1|
|2014||Quevega||10||Ruby Walsh||Willie Mullins||8/11|
|2013||Quevega||9||Ruby Walsh||Willie Mullins||8/11|
|2012||Quevega||8||Ruby Walsh||Willie Mullins||4/7|
|2011||Quevega||7||Ruby Walsh||Willie Mullins||5/6|
|2010||Quevega||6||Ruby Walsh||Willie Mullins||6/4|
|2009||Quevega||5||Ruby Walsh||Willie Mullins||2/1|