2024 Warfield Mares Hurdle Betting Odds at Ascot racecourse

Saturday, 20 January 2024

There’s a high class field lining up at Ascot for the BetMGM Mares' Hurdle, with the runners and riders competing over two miles, seven and a half furlongs. There are eight runners who will negotiate the eleven hurdles, with the going being good to soft for a race where West Balboa has been installed as the favourite, although there are lots with lively chances.

Marie’s Rock is a talented nine-year-old running for trainer Nicky Henderson, with Tweed Skirt hailing from the same stable and the seven-year-old is carrying significantly less weight than her stablemate. Coquelicot and Theatre Glory are also priced to suggest that they can put in a decent showing at backable each-way prices.

2024 BetMGM Mares' Hurdle Tips

West Balboa has a point to prove after failing to emerge with any credit at Ascot in December, although the bookies still have the horse as a strong favourite to win this race. Previously to this underwhelming performance, there were three straight victories including an April success at Aintree where the horse landed a five-length triumph.

However, that flat performance in the Long Walk Hurdle means that punters might be looking for alternatives, with Marie’s Rock potentially a viable bet at a bigger price. This mare runs for trainer Nicky Henderson and the nine-year-old was second to Bob Olinger on New Year’s Day when running a solid race.

Tweed Skirt could also go well for Henderson and the seven-year-old looks well-weighted despite an impressive performance at Kempton Park on 27 December. There was a five-length victory as a 4/1 shot when obliging over three miles on good to soft ground, with the horse capable of making further progress for connections.

Coquelicot was sixth out of ten runners at Cheltenham in a Mares’ Handicap Hurdle and that sort of form could stack up well here. Anthony Honeyball previously saw his eight-year-old land a win at Kempton Park at the end of November, with the horse having previously finished second in the Betfred Nifty 50 Handicap.