Here’s all you need to know to get you in the mood for the big race at Prestbury Park.
When is the Mares’ Hurdle, what’s the distance and which sort of horses can enter?
The 2019 Mares’ Hurdle will take place on Tuesday, March 12 at 16.00 (4.00pm).
It’s a Grade 1 National Hunt hurdle, run over two miles and four furlongs, for horses aged four years and upwards.
Who is running in the 2019 Mares’ Hurdle?
There are a few months to go before the race, but Apple’s Jade is the early favourite after bolting up on her reappearance.
We’ll keep you updated as more Mares’ Hurdle contenders emerge over the coming months.
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How can I watch the race?
The race will be broadcast live on Racing UK and ITV.
ITV1 is on Sky channel 103 and Virgin channel 103.
You can watch Racing UK on Sky Channel 426 and Virgin Media Channel 536.
What are the latest odds?
Apple’s Jade is the current joint-favourite for the race at 7-4. Last year’s winner Benie Des Dieux is the 3-1 second favourite.
Who won the Mares’ Hurdle in 2018?
Benie Des Dieux (9-2) ground out victory from outsider Midnight Tour (33-1) for Ruby Walsh, Willie Mullins and Rich Ricci.
Which jockeys and trainers have won the Mares’ Hurdle the most?
Willie Mullins has won the race an astonishing NINE times since its inception in 2008.
He won the race with Quevega six times (2009-2014), Glens Melody (2015), Vroum Vroum Mag (2016) and Benie Des Dieux (2018).
Jockey Ruby Walsh has won the race eight times.
What are the top tips for the race?
That’s a good question!
Check back here nearer the time for all the tips.
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