Horse Racing

Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle Tips, Odds, Free Bets, Betting Offers & Preview

Day 2 of the Cheltenham Festival is titled ‘Ladies Day’, and proceedings kick off with the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle,

This Grade One race over 2 miles and 5 furlongs requires speed and stamina in equal measure and is for the best middle-distance prospects aged four and upwards.

It’s a race won by some of the top names in hurdling, including Istabraq, who won the race in 1997 before winning the Champion Hurdle on three occasions.

In recent years, it’s a race that has been dominated by Irish-trained horses, with just four British winners since 2010.

Read on for Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle odds, tips and free bets.

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Race Details
When:Wednesday, March 13th, 1.30pm
Distance:Two-miles & five furlongs
Race Type:Grade 1 Novice Hurdle
Course:Old Course
Weights:10st 12lb (4yo), 11st 7lb (5yo+), 7lb allowance for fillies & mares
Where to Watch?ITV Racing, Racing TV, Bookmaker Streams

Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle Betting Tips

The first race on day two of the Cheltenham Festival always tends to set the tone for the meeting. This is because we often see some strongly fancied runners in this one, so people always have a big opinion.

You can check out Alan Kelly’s racing tips and Charlie McCann’s racing tips to see what our resident tipsters fancy for the day two opener.

More Cheltenham Tips

Check out our predictions and tips for all the other Cheltenham Day 2 races:

Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle Betting Odds

Check back closer to the Cheltenham Festival for the latest Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle odds and betting chat.

Looking for betting offers for this race? Check out our Cheltenham Free Bets page for all the latest ones!

What Happened Last Year?

It was yet another Ballymore winner for trainer Willie Mullins, his sixth success in the race, as Imparire Et Passe outclassed the field under jockey Paul Townend.

Sent off the 5/2 second favourite, Imparire Et Passe cruised through the race and took the lead turning into the straight before powering clear up the Cheltenham hill to win with stablemates Gaelic Warrior and Champ Kiely in behind to give Mullins a 1-2-3 in the race.

Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle Key Stats

  • The last 23 winners of this race were aged either five or six
  • Nine of the last 12 winners came from the front three in the betting
  • Ten of the last 11 winners finished first or second in all previous hurdle runs
  • Nine of the last 10 winners were Irish-trained

Previous Winners of the Ballymore Novices Hurdle

We’ve listed the last five winners of the Ballymore in the table below.

2023Impaire Et Passe
2022Sir Gerhard
2021Bob Olinger
2020Envoi Allen
2019City Island


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What day is the Ballymore Hurdle at Cheltenham?

The Ballymore Novices' Hurdle is the first race on the second day of the Cheltenham Festival which always falls on a Wednesday. In 2024 this will be on Wednesday, March 13th.

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What distance is the Ballymore Novices Hurdle at Cheltenham?

The race is run over a distance of about two miles and five furlongs (4,225 metres).

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Who won the Ballymore Novices Hurdle in 2023?

The Willie Mullins-trained Impaire Et Passe won the Ballymore Novices' Hurdle in 2023.

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What time is the Ballymore Novices' Hurdle?

The Ballymore Novices Hurdle is the first race on Day 2 of the Cheltenham Festival (the Wednesday) and is due off at 1.30 pm.

Scott McGlynn

Famed for his Acca of the Day and Bet Builder selections, Scott provides tips across many sports on Freebets, and is our lead Scottish football writer