Cheltenham Festival enlists several races for female horses only. Among them is the David Nicholson Hurdles race that is run on the opening day of the four-day festival. It has proven to be a popular competition for mares seeking to go against the boys in subsequent competitions.
Mares must have attained the age of four years to become eligible for the David Nicholson Hurdle. They take to the Old course looking to complete a two miles and four furlongs distance (4005 m) with a £110,000 purse at stake. The winner takes around £60000 of this amount.
The race will be crossing its decade mark in the 2018 festival as it continues to build history for itself. Quevega remains the race’s most dominant horse having won six consecutive outings between 2009 and 2014. She was ridden by Ruby Walsh and trained by Willie Mullins the entire time. The duo enjoy a record six and seven wins respectively which they will look to extend at the 2018 event.