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Ballymore Novices Hurdle Betting Tips, Predictions, Preview & Free Bets (Cheltenham 2019 - DAY 2)

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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. Gordon Elliott took this race last year with the highly-fancied Samcro at 8/11. 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 2019 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.

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 Novice's Hurdle and try to determine which horse is likely to prevail.

CHAMP is unbeaten this season, with his four wins to date culminating in the Challow Hurdle at Newbury towards the end of 2018. He beat Getaway Trump by two and a half lengths that day. Prior to that, he won a couple of small races at Perth and Warwick without being extended and was then give a decent break before reappearing at Newbury in December in a handicap.

BATTLEOVERDOYEN is also unbeaten in three starts including a gutsy win over Sams Profile, Getareason and Magnium in a Grade 1 at Naas in early-January. Prior to that, he opened his hurdles account at Navan when beating a big field by an easy 13 lengths.

BREWIN'UPASTORM has won on his hurdling debut at Huntingdon but then  found Champ too hot in the Challow Hurdle at Newbury. He was impressive but fell at the last when challenged by Birchdale in the Classic Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham last time out.

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EASY GAME is a winner of four of his six hurdles already, including a Grade 2 last time out. He is a dual winner at Navan so a left-handed galloping track is right up his alley. He was then surprisingly beaten on soft ground at Listowel but a return to 20 furlongs has brought about a return to winning ways, with Easy Game winning back-to-back Graded races in the Monksfield and the Navan Novices’ Hurdle

Despite being disqualified on his jumping debut, CITY ISLAND showed he had potential in heading Getareason and Debuchet. He then recorded a victory over Martin Pipe favourite Dallas Des Pictons and last time out, he had no problem dropping back to 2m at Leopardstown, where his jumping was particularly slick.

SAMS PROFILE won his maiden hurdle comfortably at Cork back in November over two miles, and returned to that track over three miles on very soft ground the following month when he finished a brave second to Derrinross that day and just seemed to be outstayed. He contested a Grade One race at Naas in January where he finished an eye-catching second to Battleoverdoyen over 2m4f.

BEAKSTOWN is one of the most backed entry in recent days following his Grade Two win at Warwick last time out.

The Gordon Elliott trained horse GALVIN, who won his third hurdle at Ayr recently, is our choice in terms of drak horses. Prior to that he scored at Navan back in January at odds of 5/1 and Perth back in August.

DUNVEGAN’s form on decent ground reads well. He’s an uncomplicated sort who has jumped well so far.

Other possible contenders?

BRIGHT FORECAST, JARVEYS PLATE, CASTLEBAWN WEST and ASK DILLON are all capable to be a threat for a top 3 placement.

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  • Only 2 favourites have won this race since Monsignor in 2000.
  • 7 of the last 9 winners won last time out
  • 32 of the last 33 winners finished either first or second in their last start.
  • 29 of the past 31 winners were in the top six of the betting.
  • Only 3 of the last 12 winners had previously ran at Cheltenham
  • 8 of the last 12 winners had at least 1 previous win in a grade 1-3 race
  • The last 14 winners were aged five or six
  • All 13 Challow Hurdle winners who have tried to win the Ballymore Novices' Hurdle, have failed.

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