David Nicholson Mares' Hurdle
|Grade 2 race|
|David Nicholson Mares' Hurdle|
|Race type||Hurdle race|
|Distance||2m 4f (4,023 metres)|
|Qualification||Four-years-old and up|
fillies & mares
|Weight||10 st 6 lb (4yo);|
11 st 0 lb (5yo+)
Penalties for wins
5 lb for Class 1 wfa hurdle *
3 lb for Class 1 h'cap hurdle *
3 lb for Class 2 wfa hurdle *
* in last 18 months
The David Nicholson Mares' Hurdle is a Grade 2 National Hunt horse race in Great Britain which is open to mares aged four years or older. It is run on the Old Course at Cheltenham over a distance of about 2 miles and 4 furlongs (4,023 metres), and during its running there are nine hurdles to be jumped. The race is scheduled to take place each year during the Cheltenham Festival in March.
The event is named in memory of David Nicholson (1939–2006), who was successful as both a jockey and a trainer in National Hunt racing. Nicholson's record at the Cheltenham Festival included five victories as a jockey, and seventeen as a trainer.
The David Nicholson Mares' Hurdle was established in 2008, and in its inaugural year it was held on the final day of the Festival on Cheltenham's New Course. It was switched to the opening day on the Old Course in 2009.
Most successful horse (2 wins):
- Quevega – 2009, 2010
Leading jockey (2 wins):
- Ruby Walsh – Quevega (2009, 2010)
Leading trainer (2 wins):
- Willie Mullins – Quevega (2009, 2010)
|2008||Whiteoak||5||Jason Maguire||Donald McCain|
|2009||Quevega||5||Ruby Walsh||Willie Mullins|
|2010||Quevega||6||Ruby Walsh||Willie Mullins|
- pedigreequery.com – David Nicholson Mares' Hurdle – Cheltenham.
- racenewsonline.co.uk – Racenews Archive (February 28, 2008).