OLBG Mares Hurdle

This was a new race to the Festival in 2008 to commemorate former Champion Trainer David Nicholson.

Cheltenham, OLBG Mares Hurdle 2013
Quevega on route to her fifth OLBG Mares Hurdle

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OLBG.com, The Sports Betting Community (and sister site of Cheltenham Betting) have taken on sponsorship of the race from 2012. The race will now be known as the OLBG Mares Hurdle.

Cheltenham, OLBG Mares Hurdle 2013, Quevega

OLBG Mares Hurdle Last Six Winners

2013Quevega9yoW MullinsR Walsh8/11F
2012Quevega8yoW MullinsR Walsh4/7F
2011Quevega7yoW MullinsR Walsh5/6F
2010Quevega6yoW MullinsR Walsh6/4F
2009Quevega5yoW MullinsR Walsh2/1F
2008Whiteoak5yoD McCain JnrJ Maguire20/1

OLBG Mares Only Hurdle Trends

The amazing Quevega has won five of the six runnings of the OLBG Mares Hurdle so the best trend seems to be: back Quevega!

OLBG Hurdle Analysis

The mighty Quevega has won this race five times in succession and she is back to try and make it an amazing sixth Cheltenham Festival victory in the OLBG Mares Hurdle in 2014.

If Quevega achieves that success its hard to imagine her record ever being matched.

Cheltenham, OLBG Mares Hurdle 2013
Ruby Walsh and Willie Mullins

OLBG Hurdle Tips

With the exception of Quevega top class form is pretty thin on the ground in the OLBG Mares Hurdle but one horse in the field has a career victory where she beat the likes of Irish Saint, Flaxen Flare and Rolling Star. That horse is L’UNIQUE, trained by Alan King, and the race in question was the Grade One 4yo Hurdle at Aintree where she looked a star of the future.

It must be doubtful that many of the mares in this race who would be capable of beating those three horses under any conditions but obviously things haven’t gone to plan for Alan King’s mare since then.

L’UNIQUE has not come anywhere close to replicating that form in her three runs so far this term but with the form of the yard under a cloud in the early part of the season it could be that she was not healthy enough to show her true form. Critics could also say that she has to prove herself at the trip and on the course where her only appearance at Cheltenham has resulted in a well beaten 12th placing in this season’s Greatwood Hurdle.

However the facts are that she is one of only three proven Grade One winners in the field (the others are Quevega and Glens Melody) and she can be backed at odds of 25/1 against the remainder of the field of who are ostensibly average handicappers. She also has a twelve length defeat of Cockney Sparrow in her form and a reproduction of that would obviously see her bang in contention here.

A lot of mares tend to come to their best in the spring and decent ground would see her have her optimum conditions. Alan King has always thought she would stay this sort of trip and whilst it is a leap of faith to back on her on this season’s offerings, if she come back to anything like last season’s form she is seriously overpriced in a race where very few of the runners make any appeal.

Alan King said this about L’UNIQUE recently:

“She was a star for us last winter, but she has been disappointing this season, and the Greatwood took a lot out of her. She has had a good break and now seems in good order.”

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