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The Close Brothers Mares Hurdle Race

Held every March at Cheltenham Racecourse is The Cheltenham Festival – a four-day-long meeting featuring some of finest fixtures in the sport.

Only The Grand National offers more prize money than The Festival, thanks to a series of Grade 1 featured races including The Gold Cup, The Queen Mother Champion Chase, The Champion Hurdle and The Stayers’ Hurdle. There is a total of 28 races across the event.

Noted for its intense atmosphere, The Cheltenham Festival is often taking place during St. Patrick’s Day, making it tremendously popular with Irish visitors and competitors.

The Cheltenham Festival has taken permanent residency at Cheltenham Racecourse since 1911 but had often moved around beforehand. The Stayers’ Hurdle first took place a year later and still continues to this day.

The Cheltenham Festival 2021 will take place from Tuesday the 16th until Friday the 19th of March, featuring Champion Day on Tuesday.

About the Race

Inaugurated not too long ago in 2008, The Close Brothers Mares Hurdle Race is a Grade 1 National Hunt hurdle race for mares aged 4 years or older.

This race is officially named The David Nicholson Mares’ Hurdle in tribute of David Nicholson who was successful as both a jockey and trainer, winning 23 races across the two professions.

The race is run on the ‘old course’ of Cheltenham over a total distance of 2 miles, 3 furlongs and 200 yards and consists of 10 hurdles to be jumped.

The Close Brothers Mares Hurdle Race has a purse of £120,000, with £70,816 going to the winning mare and her team.

Race number 5 of Champion Day will be The Close Brothers Mares Hurdle Race, scheduled to begin at 16:10.


The top 10 predicted runners and their ante-post odds for The Close Brothers Mares Hurdle Race at The Cheltenham Festival 2021 are the following:

  1. Concertista (FR) – 2/1 ante-post favourite – 7 years old – weighing in at 11-9 (29/12/20) – trained by Willie Mullins
  2. Honeysuckle (GB) – 9/4 ante-post odds – 7 years old – weighing in at 11-5 (29/11/20) – trained by Henry De Bromhead
  3. Benie Des Dieux (FR) – 5/1 ante-post odds – 10 years old – weighing in at 11-5 (10/03/20) – trained by Willie Mullins
  4. Roksana (IRE) – 6/1 ante-post odds – 9 years old – weighing in at 11-6 (23/01/21) – trained by Dan Skelton
  5. Dame De Compagnie (FR) – 10/1 ante-post odds – 8 years old – weighing in at 10-5 (18/01/21) – trained by Nicky Henderson
  6. Verdana Blue (IRE) – 10/1 ante-post odds – 9 years old – weighing in at 10-7 (12/12/20) – trained by Nicky Henderson
  7. Elimay (FR) – 14/1 ante-post odds – 7 years old – weighing in at 11-3 (23/01/21) – trained by Willie Mullins
  8. Great White Shark (FR) – 16/1 ante-post odds – 7 years old – weighing in at 10-12 (28/01/21) – trained by Willie Mullins
  9. Minella Melody (IRE) – 20/1 ante-post odds – will be 8 years old – weighing in at 11-7 (29/12/20) – trained by Henry De Bromhead
  10. Floressa (FR) – 25/1 ante-post odds – 6 years old – weighing in at 11-4 (30/01/21) – trained by Nicky Henderson


Every single race that takes place at Cheltenham Festival draws in an astounding number of bets for bookies and betting sites with millions of pounds on the line.

Since these races are so valuable to them, they’re able to make them a little more valuable to you, too. After all, with such high competition for online bookmakers, they need to do everything they can to draw in customers new and old.

With the help of our expert team of tipsters, you can take full advantage of the great deals and incredible odds The Cheltenham Festival provides, making this Festival the best one yet.


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Back in 2017, due to a triplet of such promising favourites, the race featured runners with odds as incredible as 250/1, 200/1 and several 100/1’s. Unfortunately, 250/1 Bon Chic pulled up before two out and 200/1 Hidden Identity was brought down at the 5th, but who knows what could happen with so many variables in play.

It only takes a few of the favourites to fall or pull up and suddenly you could see your £10 backed horse returning profits of up to £2500.

Previous Winners


9/4 second-favourite Honeysuckle was the winning mare of The Close Brothers Mares Hurdle Race last year, ridden by jockey Rachael Blackmore and trained by Henry De Bromhead.

4/6 race favourite Benie Des Dieux finished in second place, followed by 16/1 Elfile in third and 12/1 Roksana in fourth. Honeysuckle is the same odds for The Close Brothers Mares Hurdle Race 2021 – can she take it one step further?


10/1 outsider Roksana won The OLBG Mares’ Hurdle in 2019, ridden by Harry Skelton and trained by Dan Skelton. She’s currently tipped for fourth in the Cheltenham Festival ante-post betting, can she cause another upset in 2021?

After winning in 2018,10/11 favourite Benie Des Dieux, ridden by Ruby Walsh and trained by Willie Mullins, looked in command when she fell at the last. Each-Way betting punters were delighted when 25/1 outsider Good Thyne Tara managed to steal in for a third-place finish.


Benie Des Dieux was the 9/2 second-favourite when she stole The OLBG Mares’ Hurdle title in 2018, ridden by jockey Ruby Walsh and trained by Willie Mullins.

It was a close race in which 1/2 favourite Apple’s Jade only managed a third-place finish with 33/1 outsider Midnight Tour clutching the second-place prize.


Going back to the 14th of March 2017, it was 5-year-old 7/2 Apple’s Jade that took the £61,897 first-place prize in The OLBG Mares’ Hurdle, ridden by jockey Bryan Cooper and trained by Gordon Elliott.

With the three most likely mares made up of such short odds, this race saw prices as high as 250/1, with many others sitting at 100/1 or above.

Cheltenham Races TEst

With the Cheltenham Festival just around the corner, it’s time to get back into the spirit of this grand occasion, and for that, you’ve come to the right place.

With the offset commencing on Tuesday 16th March featuring The Unibet Champion Hurdle, you could be right there experiencing it all up until the final few races trickle through following The Cheltenham Gold Cup on Friday 19th March.

Cheltenham Racecourse hosts the most anticipated event of the racing calendar where punters and racing enthusiasts can experience this exciting event from a number of perspectives, whatever the weather.

Four days of extraordinary racing offers a prize pool of over £4.5 million to the hopeful participants, with passion and emotion tantalising the senses of all in attendance.

Kissing the beautiful Cotswold countryside, Cheltenham Racecourse was voted the greatest racecourse in the world by The Racing Post in 2019. Each of the three magnificent Cheltenham Racecourse enclosures gives you a stunning view of the alluring surroundings.

The Cheltenham Festival offers world-class hospitality available to suit a wide range of budgets, so, if you wish, you could step up the quality of your experience to ensure you make the absolute best of this fascinating horseracing occasion.

Besides the racing, you can visit the shopping village featuring approximately 70 bespoke, carefully selected vendors for a mixture of essentials and luxuries. You can also indulge yourself at the bars and listen to live music all throughout the Cheltenham racing calendar.

Betting Tips

If you’re looking for the most diligently researched professional betting tips for the Cheltenham Festival 2021 races, our team of competent, experienced tipsters will provide all the fruitful information you need to make the most lucrative betting decisions possible.

The in-depth information we offer on favourites, horses to look out for, trainers, jockeys and more can mean it won’t just be the horses, trainers and jockeys getting Cheltenham results.


Whether you have attended this enthralling event before and you’re looking for your annual fix, or you’ve been intrigued by the captivating aura that surrounds these races inducing the desire to make your Festival debut, you can find all the information you need on Cheltenham tickets right here.

Standard entry tickets are very affordable and there is a range of package options to suit your exact needs, so whatever your budget, The Cheltenham Festival 2021 will be the place to be this March.

Festival Guide

Any information you’re looking for on the festival including dates for the diary, the racecourse, the horse trainers, the jockeys, festival history, where to eat, where to stay and how to get there can be found right here at

Race Calendar

The Cheltenham Festival 2021 features a variety of 28 breathtaking races, with 7 per day over the course of the four-day festival. Our race calendar makes it very easy to keep track of exactly what is going on and when.

The highlight of day one will be the Unibet Champion Hurdle with a prize pool of £450,000. Day two sees the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase take place where records continue to be broken.

Day three presents The Ryanair Chase and The Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle race, both in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. Then Finally, Friday hosts the grand finale in the form of The Cheltenham Gold Cup.

The full Cheltenham race schedule is available right here, from the Tuesday 10:30 gate opening to the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle final race at 5:30 pm on Friday.


The beauty of the Cheltenham races is the sheer quantity of options when it comes to how you want to experience it.

If you head down to The Festival simply to view the races and absorb the exciting atmosphere you don’t need to break the bank. If you’ve set a higher budget for this pulsating occasion, you can get plenty for the money you want to spend.

You can choose from any of the 11 onsite restaurants for your evening meal, with a variety of restaurant types from The Horse & Groom Pub to the Champions Walk restaurant, you can choose the atmosphere that’s served alongside your meal.

Those with a higher budget and more cash to splash will be delighted by the range of luxury experience options, including viewing boxes with private bars, Room With a View packages complete with Bentley and helicopter transfers, and the luxurious Orchard Pods suitable for up to 20 guests with a private balcony.

Free bets

Free bets are a fantastic opportunity to step up the thrill of the races with a chance to recoup some of your festival expenditures, increase your spending money, or even strike it lucky and walk away from your exhilarating day with a smug smile.

Free bets work just like real bets except there is no risk involved. You can place a stake on your favourite horse and if it wins, so do you. Real cash.

The Cheltenham Festival is amongst the busiest periods of the year for bookmakers and betting sites, so they always come up with some incredibly tempting sign-up offers and free bets to lure you in. The high competition between the bookies is good news for you, as they compete to offer the most generous free bet deals.

We scour the web for all the best betting deals – including free bets – and provide you with a one-stop-shop to accumulate your free bet funds, meaning less time searching and more time sitting and sipping.


It’s thanks to the high competition between bookmakers that you can get such fantastic prices on the horses. Odds are competitive, so very high profits are possible.

We’ll make sure you have access to all the best odds from all the best betting sites, so you can experience how profitable the Cheltenham races can truly be.

Track all the odds as the Festival approaches ever closer so you know exactly who to look out for and back when the big week finally arrives.