Ballymore Novices Hurdle
A cracking way to start the action on Wednesday. A race which has a big bearing on future races at the Cheltenham Festival – it always produces a classy customer….
The opening race on day 2 at the Cheltenham Festival is the Grade 1 contest, the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdleat 13:00pm on Wednesday, March 13th.
Fiercely contested, this race, also referred to as the Baring Bingham Novices’ Hurdle over 2 miles and 5 furlongs long and is one of the more eagerly anticipated on the calendar.
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Although he has an entry in the Supreme Novice’s Hurdle, the excitingGordon Elliot trained Battleoverdoyen is expected to run in the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle this year. Its odds have been slashed from 9/1 all the way in to 9/2.It will be an intriguing battle with current favourite, Champ, trained by Nicky Henderson and is currently attracting odds of 7/2.
My Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle Hot Tip this year at the Cheltenham Festival 2019 goes to Champ. This race has been dominated by the Irish since the turn of the century and as tough as it may be, Champ should be one to come out on top of this one, with Jockey Barry Geraghty booked also a plus.
It may be worth keeping an eye on Birchdale, who has been entered in the Grade 2 Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenhamand also has an entry in the Grade 1 contest at Cheltenham 2019.
RECENT WINNERS: Faugheen, Yorkhill, Samcro and Willoughby Court are all recent notable winners of this race which just shows the size of the task and expectation these horses will have to live up to. It will be interesting to see how the market develops in the coming weeks.
Since the turn of the century, Willie Mullins is yet again leading the trainer’s leader board having trained four winners in this race and his trusty sidekick, jockey Ruby Walsh, has joined him in riding all 4 winners.
Hot Tip: Champ 7/2
Market Mover:Battleoverdoyen from 9/1 to 9/2