The 2019 Unibet Mares’ Hurdle (Saturday 5 January) is the new name for the race formerly known as the 32REd.com Mares’ Hurdle. It takes place at Sandown over 2 miles 3 furlongs and 173 yards and is run on the same card as the Tolworth Hurdle. It has been won by the likes of Poppy Kay and Lifeboat Mona.
Unibet Mares’ Hurdle 2019 Trends
- Winners have been aged five, seven, eight, and nine
- Winners have been rated between 135 and 150
- Winners have carried between 11-0 and 11-8
- Two of the last four favourites have won
- SP’s of the winners Have ranged from 6/4 to 9/2
Unibet Mares’ Hurdle 2019 Main Contenders
Six-year-old mare that only made her debut for Irish trainer Willie Mullins in December 2017. However, she quickly made up into a high-class horse with four effortless victories last season, including an 18-lengths win at the Cheltenham Festival. She also proved her stamina for 2½ miles with a Grade 1 win at Fairyhouse when last seen. She’s now around 5/1 for the Champion Hurdle in March and it will be a big disappointment if she doesn’t extend her winning run here if she makes the journey across the Irish Sea. Rated 151.
Lust For Glory
Winner of a point-to-point, a bumper, and a hurdle race, and the form of her win over hurdles over Posh Trish was useful form. However, Posh Trish reversed the form on better terms next time. Only run at trips of around two-miles so far and, as she got outpaced at an important stage last time, there’s a good chance she can improve further if stepped up in trip here. Rated 134.
Hasn’t looked to stay in two tries at three-miles this season, but could be interesting dropped back in trip as she had some smart form at trips of around 2½ miles last season. That from included a second in a Grade 2 at Cheltenham and a third in a Grade 1 at Aintree, both of which were against the boys. Highest-rated of the English-trained runners on a mark of 142.
Improving six-year-old that has won her last two starts in handicaps off marks of 126 and 129, and she is now rated 134. However, the horse who finished second to her last time has since finished over 14-lengths behind Posh Trish, suggesting she’s might have to improve again to beat Lust For Glory.
Unibet Mares’ Hurdle 2019 Summary
A race that looks to revolve around Laurina who, though she would have to concede 3lb to the English horses, would still have plenty in hand on official ratings on those terms. The bookies have taken no chances with her though, pricing her up at odds-on, but that price could still shorten dramatically if allowed to take her chance. If Laurina doesn’t run, this trip could be perfect for Momella, who is preferred to Lust For Glory who has yet to prove her stamina.
Unibet Mares’ Hurdle 2019 Tip