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Open to horses aged four years or older, the Grade 1 contest is held over a distance of 2m5f on the Old Course at Prestbury Park and will see some of the best young hurdlers go head-to-head for a share of £125,000.
Envoi Allen reigned supreme last season for Davy Russell and Gordon Elliott, beating Stablemate Easywork and the Willie Mullins-trained The Big Getaway. The field is set to be just as competitive this time around with the likes of Gaillard Du Mesnil, Bob Olinger and Bravemansgame vying for victory over the 10 flights.
A huge number of entries have been lodged for the Ballymore, although this will be narrowed down significantly with some horses aimed at the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle or the Albert Bartlett. Thanks to Paddy’s non-runner money back offer, there’s no risk of losing out if your pick withdraws.
Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle antepost tips
Ruby Wash: “I’m a big fan of BOB OLINGER. He was good at Naas and I loved him at Navan. He was second to Ferny Hollow at Gowran Park and there is so much to like about him.
“If you were offering me a ride I would take Bob Olinger.”
Frank Hickey: “I would probably side with BOB OLINGER because of what he has done, but it’s not my kind of bet just yet. I can see him being shorter on the day though.
“One that would interest me from a non-runner money back perspective is BEAR GHYLLS for Nicky Martin, who was unbelievably impressive in winning a Warwick bumper by 19 lengths.”
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When is the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle?
Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle winners at last five festivals
2020 – Envoi Allen (Horse), Davy Russell (Jockey), Gordon Elliott (Trainer)
2019 – City Island, Mark Walsh, Martin Brassil
2018 – Samcro, Jack Kennedy, Gordon Elliott
2017 – Willoughby Court, David Bass, Ben Pauling
CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL‘S BIG RACES
March 16 – 13.20 – Supreme Novices’ Hurdle latest odds and tips
March 16 – 13.55 – Arkle Chase latest odds and tips
March 16 – 15.05 – Champion Hurdle latest odds and tips
March 17 – 13.20 – Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle latest odds and tips
March 17 – 13.55 – Festival Novices’ Chase latest odds and tips
March 17 – 15.05 – Queen Mother Champion Chase latest odds and tips
March 18 – 13.20 – Marsh Novices’ Chase latest odds and tips
March 18 – 14.30 – Ryanair Chase latest odds and tips
March 18 – 15.05 – Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle latest odds and tips
March 19 – 13.20 – Triumph Hurdle latest odds and tips
March 19 – 14.30 – Albert Bartlett Novices’ Chase latest odds and tips
March 19 – 15.05 – Gold Cup latest odds and tips
March 19 – 16.15 – Mrs Paddy Power Mares’ Chase latest odds and tips
CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL DAY TWO SCHEDULE
13:20 – Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m 5f
13.55 – Festival Novices’ Chase (Grade 1) 3m 80y
14.30 – Coral Cup (Grade 3) 2m 5f
15.05 – Queen Mother Champion Chase (Grade 1) 1m 7f 199y
15.40 – Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase 3m 6f 37y
16.15 – Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap Chase (Grade 3) 2m 62y
16.50 – Weatherbys Champion Bumper (Grade 1) 2m 87y
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