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. 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 four 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.
Type: Grade 2 Hurdle Race
Distance: 2m 179y
Age: 4 year olds +
Weight: 10st 9lb (4yo) 11st 2lb (5yo+)
Prize Fund: £90,000
Willie Mullins has won the three runnings of this race. All were favourites (two odds-on), had won at least their last two races and had won over the distance.