The Dawn Run Mares Novices Hurdle is a Grade 2 National Hunt hurdle race which can only be entered by fillies and mares aged 4 years old and up. The race is run on Cheltenham’s New Course and the runners must jump eight hurdles on their way round. The race can only be entered by novice hurdlers and should give us a look at the best of the novice hurdling mares each year.
The Mares Novices Hurdle was new for the 2016 Cheltenham Festival, expanding the famous meeting to 28 races over the 4 days. The winner of the first ever running of the race was the favourite Limini for Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh.
The race is named after Dawn Run, the most successful mare in National Hunt racing history. She won both the Champion Hurdle and Cheltenham Gold Cup in her career. The race is also known by its sponsor name as The Trull House Stud Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle.
Type: Grade 2 Hurdle Race
Distance: 2m 179y (3,382m)
Age: 4 year olds +
Weight: 10st 9lb (4yo) 11st 2lb (5yo+)
Prize Fund: £80,000