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MARES' CHASE

ODDS & RUNNERS

The Mares Chase is a Grade 2 chase run over 2m 4f and restricted to mares aged five years or older. This was a brand new race for the Festival, added in 2021, and it will take place on Friday 14th March 2025 | Time 16:50.

Odds Provided by Betfred - Updated 17/05/2024
3/1

Brighterdaysahead

5/1

Limerick Lace

7/1

Dinoblue

8/1

Impervious

12/1

Brides Hill

14/1

Bioluminescence

14/1

Allegorie De Vassy

14/1

Jade De Grugy

20/1

Hispanic Moon

20/1

Brandy Love

20/1

Fantastic Lady

20/1

Zenta

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MARES' CHASE

RACE GUIDE

The Mares Chase made it's debut at the Cheltenham Festival 2021. It takes place on the fourth day, Gold Cup day, is sponsored by Paddy Power and is listed as The Liberthine Mares' Chase.

Discussions were held with stakeholders to decide which race the new Mares Chase would replace. In the end, it was the Listed Novices’ Handicap Chase, which was traditionally run on the opening day.

Despite being taken out of the festival, that race will now be staged at Sandown Park as part of the Imperial Cup meeting just days before The Festival.

With the plan to run the Mares’ Chase on Gold Cup day, the Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap Steeple Chase was moved to Wednesday and the Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle was moved to the opening day.

PRIZE MONEY

For the very first running of the Mares Chase in 2021, the total prize fund was £90,000. From that, winning connections of Colreevy took home £50,643.

Like all races at the 2021 Festival, the prize money was reduced due to racing being held behind closed doors.

By 2022, it had been restored to its full value. Elimay won the race for jockey Mark Walsh and trainer Willie Mullins. Connections took home £67,582.28 for the win.

For 2023, the total money in the pot remained the same, with the winner, Impervious from trainer Colm Murphy, taking home £67,524.

FAMOUS WINNERS

2021 was the first ever Mares Chase at the Cheltenham Festival. It was introduced as another positive step in the efforts being made to encourage owners and trainers to continue to enhance the population of quality Jumping mares.

Legendary jockey Ruby Walsh said: "The Mares’ Chase will prove a great addition to The Festival, especially when it beds in over a three or four year period.

"Jumps horses rarely have a financial value when they finish racing but for owners who are lucky enough to have a good mare, they can be worth a considerable amount as brood mares and thus owners get some return on their investment.

“Therefore the need for mares-only races is paramount for the value of unraced fillies, to encourage owners to buy them as racehorses.

"Having the Mrs Paddy Power Mares’ Chase to go along with the Close Brothers Mares’ Hurdle adds to the attraction of purchasing a filly.

"Cheltenham are showing their support to the breeding industry by adding this race and in my opinion showing a loyalty to the whole horseracing industry and not just the sport.”

Making their way way into the history books as the first ever winners were jockey Paul Townend on board Colreevy for trainer Willie Mullins. Mullins also trained the runner up - Elimay.

In total there were 11 runners and the winning time was 5m 16.25s.

Willie Mullins made it two for two when Elimay won in 2022.

RACE RECORDS

As the Mares Chase has only taken place twice, there are no real records to talk about.

The only winning trainers are Willie Mullins and Colm Murphy. The winning jockeys are Paul Townend, Mark Walsh, and Brian Hayes.

CHELTENHAM DAY FOUR

RACE SCHEDULE

Time Race Distance Type
13:30 JCB Triumph Hurdle 2m 1f Hurdle
14:10 County Handicap Hurdle 2m 1f Hurdle
14:50 Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle 3m Hurdle
15:30 Magners Gold Cup Chase 3m 2½ f Chase
16:10 St James's Place Foxhunter Chase 3m 2½ f Chase
16:50 Mares Chase 2m 4f Chase
17:30 Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys Handicap Hurdle 2m 4f Hurdle

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