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David Nicholson Mares' Hurdle

Grade 2 race
David Nicholson Mares' Hurdle
Location Cheltenham Racecourse
Cheltenham, England
Inaugurated 2008
Race type Hurdle race
Website Cheltenham
Race information
Distance 2m 4f (4,023 metres)
Track Turf, left-handed
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
Purse £90,000 (2010)
1st: £50,697

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):

Leading trainer (2 wins):







2008 Whiteoak 5 Jason Maguire Donald McCain
2009 Quevega 5 Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins
2010 Quevega 6 Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins


See also


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