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BALLYMORE NOVICES HURDLE BETTING PREVIEWThe Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle will open day two of the Cheltenham Festival. The race has changed sponsor this year, as it had been known as the Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle. The contest is a Grade 1 hurdle race covering two miles and five furlongs, for horses aged four years and upwards. It is one of the best novice hurdle races of the season and usually brings together some of the best up and coming horses.
In the last ten years alone we have seen the likes of Faugheen, The New One, Simonsig, Peddlars Cross and Yorkhill stride to victory in the Ballymore.
And now we'll take a closer look at this year's Ballymore Novices' Hurdle and try to determine which horse is likely to prevail.
The unbeaten ENVOI ALLEN opened his hurdling account at Down Royal and then was pitched into a Grade 1 contest next time out. He won that in decent style and then bolted up in another Grade 1 at Naas in January. Prior to that, he produced his best effort in this sphere when winning the Royal Bond Novices’ Hurdle at Fairyhouse in December.
SPORTING JOHN has never raced at Cheltenham but impressed on his rules debut when beating Harry Senior, who won the Classic Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham on Trials Day. He was even sharper on his next start in a big-field novice at Exeter, defying a penalty with the minimum of fuss.
THE BIG BREAKAWAY has created a deep impression in winning both his starts over hurdles so far, hardly off the bridle to land strong market confidence at Chepstow and Newbury. He looked every bit as promising as he had on his hurdles debut, a class apart from those rivals and seemingly ready for a step up in grade.
THE BIG GETAWAY won a point and a bumper before to run a disappointing race his hurdles debut at Leopardstown at the Christmas meeting, when he was only 4th to Cobbler’s Way. Anyway, Willie Mullinsìs trained horse made amends next time out when taking a maiden hurdle at Naas by 17 lengths. What was so impressive that day was his hurdling, which was quick and accurate.
EASYWORK has yet to tackle the big boys but in winning by 22 lengths on Boxing Day at Limerick (his second hurdle start) looked a very serious contender.
Nicky Henderson's SON OF CAMAS earned his Supreme chance with a taking victory over King Roland at Newbury. He then jumped poorly and faded behind Fiddlerontheroof in the Tolworth, but Cheltenham could suit this chaser-in-the-making much more than Sandown.
LONGHOUSE POET has lots of form that gives him a chance on the day. He was second to Elixir D’ainay at Naas, third to Envoi Allen in the Grade 1 at the same venue and then last time out was a close 3rd behind Latest Exhibition over 2m6f at Leopardstown.
MOSSY FEN got the better of Décor Irlandais to win the Leamington at Warwick. Then Nigel Twiston-Davies’ finished fourth in the Bristol Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham.
DECOR IRLANDAIS has dramatically improved over hurdles this season, shrugging aside a double penalty to score at Catterick in December. He finished a good second to Mossy Fen in a Grade 2 contest on his last outing.
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BALLYMORE NOVICES HURDLE TRENDS
- Only 4 of the last 12 favorites have won the race
- 28 of the last 30 winners were in the top six of the betting for this race.
- 26 of the last 27 winners have had at least three runs over the hurdles.
- 10 of the last 10 winners were rated 142 or higher and finished in top two in their last race
- 9 of the last 10 winners Won last time out (or beaten by no more than a neck)
- 12 of the last 12 winners had at least one victory that season
- 8 of the last 10 winners were Graded hurdle winners
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2020 BALLYMORE NOVICES HURDLE FAQs
What time is the Ballymore Novices' Hurdle?
The Ballymore Novices Hurdle is the first race run on Day 2 of the Cheltenham Festival. That falls on Wednesday March 11, 2020 and the official starting time is 1:30pm.
How many obstacles are jumped in the Ballymore Novices' Hurdle?
There are 10 hurdles to jump for the Ballymore Novices Hurdle runners
What is the distance of the Ballymore Novices' Hurdle?
The Ballymore Novices Hurdle is run on a distance of 2 miles and 5 furlongs and 26 yards
What is the prize money for the Ballymore Novices' Hurdle?
The total prize money on offer for the Ballymore Novices Hurdle at the 2020 Cheltenham Festival will be £125,000.
Who won the Ballymore Novices' Hurdle last year?
Last year's renewal was won by City Island at SP of 8/1, trained by Martin Brassil and ridden by Mark Walsh.
What weights are carried for the Ballymore Novices' Hurdle?
10st 13lbs (4yo), 11st 7lb (5yo+), wih 7lb allowance for fillies and mares.
Who is the leading jockey in the Ballymore Novices' Hurdle?
Ruby Walsh rode four winners for Willie Mullins in the last 10 years before his retirement. Paul Townend has taken over the lead jockey duties and is one to follow.
Who is the leading trainer in the Ballymore Novices' Hurdle?
Willie Mullins has two wins and six placed finishes over the last decade