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Ballymore Novices Hurdle betting tips, predictions, odds and free bets (DAY 2 - March 14, 2018)

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The Ballymore Novices Hurdle (previously known as Neptune Novices Hurdle) is a Class A Grade 1 hurdle race run over two miles and five furlongs, with ten hurdles. The 2017 winner was Willougby Court ridden by David Bass, who held off the favourite Neon Wolf in a thrilling finish. This article contains our Ballymore Novices Hurdle race preview with free predictions, tips, betting trends, best odds, free bets and no deposit bonuses on the 2018 Cheltenham Festival.

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The 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.

We saw a top class winner in 2014 when Faugheen 'the Machine' won as a short priced favourite, before he went onto win the Champion Hurdle the following year.

And now we'll take a closer look at this year's Ballymore Novices' Hurdle 2018 and try to determine which horse is likely to prevail.

SAMCRO has added six wins to his sole point to point triumph for an impressive unbeaten start to his career. He won all three national hunt flat races that he ran in last season, and looked well on top towards the finish in every one of them.

NEXT DESTINATION looked outpaced over two miles last season, but still ran with credit to come fourth in the Champion Bumper at Cheltenham. He was second in a bumper at the Punchestown Festival. Then, he won his 3 hurdle races in good-style since, including a Grade 2 and a Grade 1.

DUC DES GENEVRIES has made just one start over hurdles, finishing third behind Next Destination at Naas. He took on Samcro the only other time he has been seen in action in Ireland over a trip too short for him.

BLACK OP ran really well on his first crack at graded company at Cheltenham on Festival Trials Day, only headed on the run-in by Santini.

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SCARPETA is another Mullins runner. He has achieved a good level in his two hurdle runs to date bolting up on his last run. He was beaten by Cartwright when failed to follow up his win in a grade 2.

VISION DES FLOS also deserves a mention, following his return to form last month after having a wind-op. He was disappointing in his three starts over hurdles this term. An operation in January coupled with a drop back in trip at Exeter last month seems to have brought about an improved performance.

BRAHMA BULL looked exciting prospect when making winning hurdling debut at Thurles in November, and has done nothing wrong in three runs this season. He won it well at Thurles last time outbut this a stiff task for one so inexperienced.

GOWITHTHEFLOW, a three mile point-to-point winner last May, found one too good in his first two starts over hurdles this season but set the record straight with a smooth victory over two miles, five furlongs at Doncaster last month.

MIND'S EYE showed improved form when winning novice handicap at Leopardstown in December, but failed to reproduce that when well held back there last time.

AYE AYE CHARLIE, COOLANLY and KNIGHT IN DUBAI are the outsiders of the race.

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  • Only three of the last 12 favourites have won.
  • 11 of the last 13 winners came from the top 4 in the betting
  • 10 of the last 10 winners finished in the top 2 last time out.
  • 12 of the last 18 winners won last time out
  • All of the last 12 winners were aged 5 or 6 years-old
  • 10 of the last 12 winners had won at least twice over hurdles
  • 6 of the last 10 winners were trained in Ireland

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