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The Daylesford Mares Novices Hurdle

One of the most anticipated events on the National Hunt horse racing calendar is The Cheltenham Festival which takes place every March and often coinciding with St. Patrick’s Day – 2021 being a perfect example.

Only second to The Grand National in terms of prize money, The Festival offers over a million pounds every day to placing horses and their teams, with featured races offering the biggest single payouts.

The first-ever Cheltenham Festival was titled The Grand National Hunt Meeting and took place at several different destinations across the UK before finding its permanent home at Cheltenham Racecourse, the home of jump racing, in 1911.

There’s a total of 28 exhilarating races over the course of the four-day event, including The Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy, The Betway Queen Mother Champion Steeple Chase, The Ryanair Steeple Chase, The Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle and The Cheltenham Gold Cup Steeple Chase.

This year’s Cheltenham Festival is scheduled to take place from Tuesday the 16th until Friday the 19th of March 2021. The penultimate race of St. Patrick’s Thursday on the 18th of March will be The Daylesford Mares Novices Hurdle.

About the Race

The Daylesford Mares Novices Hurdle is a Grade 2 National Hunt hurdle race open to mares and fillies aged 4 and above.

The race covers a total distance of 2 miles and 179 yards on the ‘new course’ at Cheltenham and features 8 hurdles for the Ladies to jump.

This race has only been run 5 times previously after being added to The Festival in 2016, and so far, Willie Mullins has been the trainer of every one of its winners.

The total purse for this race is £90,000, with £50,643 going to the first-place finisher. Can Willie Mullins guide yet another horse to this prize in 2021?

The Daylesford Mares Novices Hurdle will be the penultimate race of St. Patrick’s Thursday at The Cheltenham Festival 2021, commencing at 16:50.


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

  1. Gauloise (FR) – 9/2 ante-post favourite – will be 6 years old – weighing in at 10-10 (20/12/20) – trained by Willie Mullins
  2. Royal Kahala (IRE) – 7/1 ante-post odds – 6 years old – weighing in at 11-5 (03/01/21) – trained by Peter Fahey
  3. Gypsy Island (IRE) – 8/1 ante-post odds – will be 8 years old – weighing in at 11-9 (01/05/19) – trained by Peter Fahey
  4. Brandy Love (IRE) – 12/1 ante-post odds – 5 years old – weighing in at 11-9 (12/12/20) – trained by Willie Mullins
  5. Gannat (FR) – 12/1 ante-post odds – will be 6 years old – weighing in at 10-3 (09/11/20) – trained by Alain Couetil
  6. Genola (FR) – 12/1 ante-post odds – 5 years old – weighing in at 10-1 (30/10/30) – trained by Alain Couetil
  7. The Glancing Queen (IRE) – 12/1 ante-post odds – will be 8 years old – weighing in at 11-4 (14/01/21) – trained by Alan King
  8. My Whirlwind (IRE) – 14/1 ante-post odds – will be 7 years old – weighing in at 10-12 (03/02/21) – trained by Nicky Henderson
  9. Echoes In Rain (GB) – 14/1 ante-post odds – 5 years old – weighing in at 10-9 (17/01/21) – trained by Willie Mullins
  10. Finest Evermore (IRE) – 16/1 ante-post odds – 5 years old – weighing in at 11-0 (06/12/20) – trained by Willie Mullins


Hundreds of millions of pounds are bet on The Festival every single year and you don’t have to be any kind of expert to be a part of the fun.

The Cheltenham Festival can be a very profitable event for many punters – with the help of our tipsters, you could be one of them. We analyse all the variables and all the possible scenarios to ensure you have the greatest chance of cashing in a few bet slips.


All 28 races of The Cheltenham Festival will, as usual, provide fantastic odds on the horses participating. Not only will the starting prices be generous, but the added promotions from the bookies like boosted odds and paid extra places can really enhance your takings.

Those that like to back the outsiders had a field day in 2019 when 50/1 Eglantine Du Seuil was the first past the final post. Each-way gamblers would have also profited well from each of the placement finishers with a 66/1 second place, a 40/1 third place and a 25/1 fourth.

Previous Winners

Here are the previous 4 winners of The Daylesford Mares Novices Hurdle, including their odds, closest competitors and race stats:


Last year it was 9/2 third-favourite that won The Daylesford Mares Novices Hurdle, ridden by jockey Daryl Jacob and trained by Willie Mullins.

11/4 race favourite Minella Melody finished in 18th place after an impressive start but struggled towards the end. This freed up placement positions for 9/1 Dolcita in second, 100/1 Rayna’s World in third and 20/1 Yukon Lil in fourth.


In 2019, the winner of The National Hunt Breeders Supported By Tattersalls Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle was 50/1 outsider Eglantine Du Seuil, ridden by jockey Noel Fehily and trained by Willie Mullins.

This incredible race was dominated by outsiders, with 66/1 Concertista finishing in second place, followed by 40/1 Tintangle in third and 25/1 Black Tears in fourth. 15/8 race favourite Epatante finished down in 8th after an early mistake, just behind 3/1 second-favourite Posh Trish in 7th.


4/7 race favourite Laurina won The Trull House Stud Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle in 2018, ridden by jockey Paul Townend and trained by Willie Mullins.

18 lengths behind the leader was 10/1 Cap Soleil in second place, followed by 80/1 Champayne Lady in third and 9/2 second-favourite Maria’s Benefit in fourth.


Back in 2017, 11/8 race favourite Let’s Dance won The Trull House Stud Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle, ridden by jockey Ruby Walsh and trained by Willie Mullins.

Again, placement places were taken up by impressive outsiders, with 12/1 Barra in second place, followed by 20/1 Dusky Legend in third and 25/1 Verdana Blue in fourth.

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

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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.

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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.


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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.