EBF & TBA Mares’ NH Novices’ Hurdle Series Final Odds – Horse Racing Betting March 23

Can Scottish raider get Newbury punters Off The Hook?

Horse Racing Betting

The week or so after Cheltenham is always a quiet one in National Hunt circles as stables draw breath before looking forward to the Grand National meeting at Aintree. But executives at Newbury will be relieved that most races on this Saturday’s card are well populated, including the showpiece EBF & TBA Mares’ NH Novices’ Hurdle Series Final.

Mares’ NH Novices’ Hurdle Trends

This Grade 2 race has been won by some decent mares down the years and 15 have stood their ground this season. It was won by Roksana last year and she won the Grade 1 OLBG Mare’s Hurdle at Cheltenham earlier this month.

  • The last 11 winners have carried between 10st3lb and 11st5lb.
  • Eight of the last 11 winners have had a higher official rating than 119.
  • All recent winners finished in the first four on their previous start.
  • Most recent winners had raced within the previous two months.
  • All recent winners had won at least once over hurdles.

Scottish trainer Nick Alexander is a rare visitor to southern tracks so it’s a fair bet that he thinks OFF THE HOOK will run well. A close third behind a couple of decent mares in a Listed race at Haydock two runs ago, the seven-year-old beat last week’s Newcastle winner Sam’s Adventure at Ayr in January and would probably be shorter than the general 12/1 were she trained at a more fashionable yard.

The White Mouse (a general 4/1) has only been beaten once so far over hurdles and that was over a trip which was too short. She beat Oscar Rose, a general 14/1, fairly easily at Doncaster and the latter was only sixth in this race last year. The 33/1 available for Meabh could be interesting given she beat She Might Bite (6/1 in places) and Millarville (a general 14/1) at Warwick in November but those behind have almost certainly improved since.

Annie Mc (11/1 with Ladbrokes) was a very easy winner at Chepstow two runs ago but flopped on her latest start and also finished behind Outofthisworld (a best 12/1) at Market Rasen in the autumn. Harry Fry’s mare is 3lb better off in this rematch but does need forgiving a poor run last time at Ludlow. Etamine Du Cochet does have ability but it’s a worry that she has now had two wind operations and her win in a Huntingdon maiden hasn’t worked out as well as hoped.

NEWBURYMares’ NH Novices Hurdle Series Final Current Best Odds

The White Mouse 9/2, She Mite Bite 6/1, Etamine Du Cochet 8/1, Annie Mc 11/1, Off The Hook, Outofthisworld, Sixty’s Belle and Oscar Rose 12/1, Millarville and Meep Meep 16/1, So Lonely 20/1, Our Dot’s Baby and Sweet Adare 25/1, Maebh and A Little Chaos 33/1

(Odds correct at 2.45pm March 23)