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Mares’ Handicap Hurdle

The Mares’ Handicap Hurdle Race is the third race that takes place on Day Three, Desert Orchid Chase Day, at Kempton Park racecourse every year.

The Christmas Festival is one of the most prestigious gatherings on the British horse racing calendar, hosting two days of competitive National Hunt horse racing, each with a sensational 6-race card.

The King George VI Chase, the Desert Orchid Chase, and the Christmas Hurdle are only a few of the spectacular races held on this marvellously festive occasion.

Don’t miss Kempton Park’s Christmas Festival this winter on Sunday the 26th and Monday the 27th of December 2021. For all of The Kempton Christmas Festival’s news and ticket information, sign up for The Jockey Club’s newsletter at https://www.thejockeyclub.co.uk/newsletter/.

About The Race

The Mares’ Handicap Hurdle Race is a Class 2 National Hunt Great British Breeders Fund handicap hurdle race for mares that serves as the third race of Desert Orchid Chase Day every year.

Open to mares aged four years old and above, The Mares’ Handicap Hurdle Race is the longest race of the day, running 3 miles and 121 yards of Kempton Park Racecourse and featuring a number of hurdles for the runners to negotiate.

The 2020 edition of this race had a prize pool worth £16,000, which was shared between the first four finishers in the following fashion:

1st place – 9/2 Molly Ollys Wishes (GB) – £10,010

2nd place – 7/2 Emmpressive Lady (IRE) – £2,957

3rd place – 16/1 Coded Message (GB) – £1,478

4th place – 5/1 Midnightreflection (GB) – £739

The Mares’ Handicap Hurdle Race will commence at around 13:55 on Monday the 27th of December 2021.

Runners

The Mares’ Handicap Hurdle Race is a thrilling race that features some of the most talented mares and jockeys who all race particularly valiantly in an attempt to take home a share of the race’s purse.

Here are the runners, their starting prices and how they fared in this fantastic race at Kempton Park’s Christmas Festival at Kempton Park Racecourse last time out in 2020 (ordered by saddlecloth number):

  1. Perfect Myth (GB) – Non-Runner – starting price N/A – weighing in at 11-12 – assigned jockey Richard Johnson and trained by Neil King
  2. Bannixtown Glory (IRE) – fifth-place finish – 8/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-7 – ridden by jockey Theo Gillard and trained by Donald McCain Jnr
  3. Coded Message (GB) – third-place finish – 16/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-4 – ridden by jockey Charlie Case and trained by Ben Case
  4. Molly Ollys Wishes (GB) – first-place finish – 9/2 starting price – weighing in at 11-2 – ridden by jockey Harry Skelton and trained by Dan Skelton
  5. Midnightreflection (GB) – fourth-place finish – 5/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-2 – ridden by jockey Jack Tudor and trained by Ben Case
  6. Alpha Carinae (IRE) – Non-Runner – starting price N/A – weighing in at 10-11 – assigned jockey Aidan Coleman and trained by Oisin Murphy
  7. Danse Idol (IRE) – Pulled Up – 7/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-11 – ridden by jockey Harry Cobden and trained by Paul Nicholls
  8. Hotter Than Hell (FR) – sixth-place finish – 11/2 starting price – weighing in at 10-7 – ridden by jockey Alexander Thorne and trained by Alan King
  9. Regarding Ruth (IRE) – Pulled Up – 13/2 starting price – weighing in at 10-7 – ridden by jockey Bryony Frost and trained by Lucy Wadham
  10. Emmpressive Lady (IRE) – second-place finish – 7/2 starting price – weighing in at 10-6 – ridden by jockey Lucy Gardner and trained by Sue Gardner

Tips

The Mares’ Handicap Hurdle Race is as good as any other race on The Christmas Festival’s fixture list for wagering on the action.

If you’re not sure where to begin when building your bet slips, consult our expertly crafted, diligently researched Christmas Festival betting tips to ensure you’re making the right choices this Christmas.

We also have promo codes for sign up offers that include free bets, paid extra places promotions and more, so you can make the most of every race from The Mares’ Handicap Hurdle Race to The King George VI Chase.

Odds

At the most recent edition of The Mares’ Handicap Hurdle Race, starting prices began at 7/2 for the race favourite Emmpressive Lady and climbed as high as 16/1 for the longest outsider who managed a third-place finish.

This edition of the race was won by 9/2 priced second-favourite Molly Ollys Wishes, who converted £10 outright backing stakes into £55 in returns, £45 in profits for those who backed her.

Previous Winners

Here are the previous 4 winners of The Mares’ Handicap Hurdle Race on Desert Orchid Chase Day at The Christmas Festival, including their odds, closest competitors and race stats:

2020

Last December, 9/2 priced second favourite Molly Ollys Wishes won The Mares’ Handicap Hurdle Race at Kempton Park’s Christmas Festival, ridden by jockey Harry Skelton and trained by Dan Skelton.

7/2 priced race favourite Emmpressive Lady finished two and a half lengths behind Molly Ollys Wishes in second place, followed by 16/1 priced Coded Message in third place and 5/1 priced Midnightreflection in fourth.

2019

10/1 priced Coded Message ridden by jockey Kielan Woods and trained by Ben Case, finished first in The Mares’ Handicap Hurdle Race on Desert Orchid Chase Day at The Christmas Festival in 2019.

33/1 priced outsider Midnight Sapphire finished ten lengths behind Coded Message in second place, followed by 3/1 priced race favourite Danse Idol in third place and 10/1 priced Molly Childers in fourth.

2018

At Kempton Racecourse back in December 2018, The Mares’ Handicap Hurdle Race was won by 8/1 priced Culture De Sivola, ridden by jockey Lizzie Kelly and trained by Nick Williams.

6/1 priced Molly Childers finished a length and three-quarters behind Culture De Sivola in second place, followed by 25/1 priced outsider Shambra in third place and 5/1 priced Chilli Filli in fourth.

2017

Ridden by jockey Aidan Coleman and trained by Anthony Honeyball, 2/1 priced race favourite Midnight Tune won The Mares’ Handicap Hurdle Race on Day Two of The Christmas Festival in 2017.

5/1 priced Rons Dream finished four lengths behind Midnight Tune in second place, followed by 16/1 priced Loves Destination in third place and 4/1 priced third-favourite Midnight Tour in fourth.

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