The Mares’ Handicap Hurdle is the first race that takes place for Aintree’s Evening Racing Meeting every May at Aintree Racecourse.
The Evening Racing is an excellent National Hunt jump racing meeting that offers a seven-race card just before the end of the National Hunt season on a warm Friday evening in mid-May.
This wonderful event offers a brilliant selection of hurdles and steeplechases, then is capped off with an exciting National Hunt flat race for amateur riders before the sun begins to set.
The highest value race at the previous edition of Aintree Racing Evening was The Class 2 Handicap Chase, where just six runners contested a £25,000 purse.
This year’s Aintree Evening Racing Meeting is scheduled to take place on Friday the 14th of May 2021. For all of The Aintree Evening Meeting’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 is a Class 4 National Hunt handicap hurdle race that serves as the opening race of The Evening Racing every year at Aintree Racecourse.
Open to horses aged four years old and above, The Mares’ Handicap Hurdle runs 2 miles and 4 furlongs of Aintree’s Mildmay Course and features a number of hurdles for the mares to navigate.
£9,868 was in the prize pot last time out in 2019, which was shared proportionately between the first four horses that successfully passed the final post. Here’s how much each placement position was assigned:
1st place – 18/1 Included (GB) – £5,198
2nd place – 11/1 – Floral Bouquet (GB) – £1,526
3rd place – 5/2 Ratoute Yutty (GB) – £763
4th place – 11/1 Pink Legend (GB) – £450
The 2021 edition of The Mares’ Handicap Hurdle will begin around 17:35 on Friday the 14th of May this Spring.
The Mares’ Handicap Hurdle usually features a medium-sized field of runners, all of which are mares that want to prove they have what it takes to progress onto more prestigious races in the future.
Here are the runners, their starting prices and how they fared in this fantastic race on Aintree’s Evening Racing at Aintree Racecourse last time out in 2019 (ordered by saddlecloth number):
- Silk Run (IRE) – eleventh-place finish – 9/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-12 – ridden by jockey Richard Johnson and trained by Tom Lacey
- Stop Talking (IRE) – eighth-place finish – 9/2 starting price – weighing in at 11-12 – ridden by jockey Sean Quinlan and trained by Jennie Candlish
- Peggies Venture (GB) – fifth-place finish – 5/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-9 – ridden by jockey Wayne Hutchinson and trained by Alan King
- Pink Legend (GB) – fourth-place finish – 11/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-9 – ridden by jockey Charlie Deutsch and trained by Venetia Williams
- Ratoute Yutty (GB) – third-place finish – 5/2 starting price – weighing in at 11-8 – ridden by jockey Harry Skelton and trained by Dan Skelton
- Bang Bang Rosie (IRE) – sixth-place finish – 25/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-8 – ridden by jockey Sean Bowen and trained by Peter Bowen
- Miss Mash (GB) – Unseated Rider – 9/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-7 – ridden by jockey Tom O’Brien and trained by Henry Daly
- Included (GB) – first-place finish – 18/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-6 – ridden by jockey Sam Twiston-Davies and trained by Alastair Ralph
- Runasimi River (GB) – Withdrawn – starting price N/A – weighing in at 11-4 – assigned jockey Lorcan Williams and trained by Neil Mulholland
- Floral Bouquet (GB) – second-place finish – 11/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-3 – ridden by jockey Page Fuller and trained by Jamie Snowden
- Secret Escape (IRE) – tenth-place finish – 25/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-3 – ridden by jockey Brian Hughes and trained by Donald McCain Jnr
- Birch Vale (IRE) – seventh-place finish – 25/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-0 – ridden by jockey William Kennedy and trained by Donald McCain Jnr
- Kalaniti (IRE) – ninth-place finish – 28/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-9 – ridden by jockey Callum Bewley and trained by Chris Grant
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Odds on The Mares’ Handicap Hurdle last time out ranged between 5/2 for the race favourite Ratoute Yutty and 28/1 for the longest outsider Kalaniti.
This edition of the race was in fact won by 18/1 outsider Included, who converted £10 outright backing stakes into £190 in returns, £180 in profits.
Here are the previous 4 winners of The Mares’ Handicap Hurdle at Aintree’s Evening Racing, including their odds, closest competitors and race stats:
(2020 meeting abandoned due to the Coronavirus pandemic)
Last year’s edition of The Mares’ Handicap Hurdle at Aintree’s Evening Racing meeting was won by 18/1 outsider Included, ridden by jockey Sam Twiston-Davies and trained by Alastair Ralph.
11/1 priced Floral Bouquet finished a length and a quarter behind Included in second place, followed by 5/2 race favourite Ratoute Yutty in third place and 11/1 priced Pink Legend in fourth.
In 2018, the winner of The Mares’ Handicap Hurdle at Aintree Racecourse was 9/2 priced joint third-favourite Kupatana, ridden by jockey Jeremiah McGrath and trained by Nicky Henderson.
6/1 priced Passing Call finished a length and three-quarters behind Kupatana in second place, followed by 7/2 second favourite Lucca Lady in third place and 9/2 joint third favourite Cabaret Queen in fourth.
9/4 race favourite Lets Go Dutchess won The Mares’ Handicap Hurdle at The Evening Racing in 2017, ridden by jockey Conor Smith and trained by Kevin Bishop.
9/2 second favourite Black Tulip finished three and a half lengths behind Lets Go Dutchess in second place, followed by 16/1 outsider Strangsmill in third place and equally priced Vic’s Last Stand in fourth.
Back in 2016, 10/1 outsider Popping Along just edged the win in an edition of The Mares’ Handicap Hurdle contested by 11 runners, ridden by jockey Matt Griffiths and trained by Jeremy Scott.
7/1 priced The Missus finished just a neck behind Popping Along in second place, followed by 4/1 race favourite Dubh Eile in third place and 9/2 second favourite Unbuckled in fourth.