Dawn Run Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle

Not to be confused with the David Nicholson Mares’ Hurdle, also known as the OLBG Mares’ Hurdle, earlier in the week, the Dawn Run Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle is a recent addition to the Cheltenham Festival programme, having been run as then sixth race on the Thursday for the first time in 2016. The race commemorates Dawn Run, the only horse to complete the Champion Hurdle and Gold Cup double.

In 2016, the contest was sponsored by the Trull House Stud, which is based in Tetbury, Gloucestershire, just 45 minutes’ drive from Cheltenham Racecourse, and run as the Trull House Stud Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle. In any event, the Grade 2 contest is run over 2 miles 1 furlong on the New Course at Cheltenham and restricted to fillies and mares aged four years and upwards who, prior to the start of the current season, had not won a hurdle race. Fittingly, the inaugural running was won by Limini, a lightly-raced, but much touted five-year-old mare trained by Willie Mullins, the trainer of Dawn Run.

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