Cheltenham Festival 2019: Mares’ Hurdle preview, tv schedule, race time, tips, runners and riders and odds

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?

Benie Des Deaux is set to defend her crown with Champion Hurdle hope Laurina not entirely ruled out of the race.

Others also in the mix include Limini and Lady Buttons.

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How can I watch the race?

The race will be broadcast live on Racing TV and ITV.

ITV1 is on Sky channel 103 and Virgin channel 103.

You can watch Racing TV on Sky Channel 426 and Virgin Media Channel 536.

What are the latest odds?

  • 4-7 Apple’s Jade
  • 6-5 Benie Des Dieux
  • 5-4 Laurina
  • 5-1 Limini
  • 8-1 Stormy Ireland
  • 10-1 Roksana
  • 12-1 Lady Buttons
  • 20-1 bar

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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