Cheltenham 1.30 tips: Our experts’ best bets for Wednesday’s Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle

We've corralled the best bets from Paddy's pundits in one handy place.

Impaire Et Passe jumps a hurdle


Willie Mullins looks set to start the second day of the 2023 Cheltenham Festival with a bang as he boasts four of the 10 runners in the opening race on the card, the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle.

Moscow Flyer winner Impaire Et Passe tops the lot but Gaelic Warrior carried top weight to victory in a valuable handicap at the Dublin Racing Festival, Champ Kiely cruised to Grade 1 success last time out while Ho My Lord is open to plenty of improvement.

The big question is which member of his battalion wins? Or will one of the other six contenders prevail? The Paul Nicholls trained Hermes Allen looks a serious prospect but Challow scorers have a terrible record in this while Good Land delivered a mighty performance in the Nathaniel Lacy last month.

You can run the rule over the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle runners and riders in full as well as Timeform’s snazzy horse-by-horse analysis on our nifty Racecards page.

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Cheltenham 1.30 tips

Matt Chapman: GOOD LAND might not be quite good enough if there is a real peach in here, but he has stamina proven and has been in great form for Barry Connell and Michael O’Sullivan. A Grade 1 winner at Leopardstown last time my hope should travel well as he can be a bit free but that hasn’t stopped him so far. An each-way chance.

Mick Fitzgerald: IMPAIRE ET PASSE was a very good winner of the Moscow Flyer hurdle over two miles and the step up in trip shouldn’t be an issue here. The soft ground holds no worries for him and I get the impression that he is one of the strongest fancies coming over this week for the Willie Mullins team.

Jane Mangan: Irish trained horses have won 8 of the last 9 renewals of this race and I’m hopeful that positive trend can continue courtesy of IMPAIRE ET PASSE. He doesn’t have Grade 1 form but the manner of his victories suggest that he is a top class in waiting and I think he’ll announce himself as such in this race.

Ruby Walsh: I really like IMPAIRE ET PASSE in this 2m 5f contest. He’s a really good horse and seems to have improved from his last win.

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