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Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle 2023 Betting Odds, Runners Preview


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

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

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Race Details
When:Wednesday 15th March, 1.30pm
Prize:£125,000
Distance:Two-miles & five furlongs
Race TypeGrade 1 Novice Hurdle
Age:4-Years+
CourseOld Course
Weights:10st 12lb (4yo), 11st 7lb (5yo+), 7lb allowance for fillies & mares
Where to watch?ITV, Racing UK, Bookmaker Streams

Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle Betting Tips

The first race on day two of the festival, known as Ladies Day, and always a race that 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.

That will certainly be the case when our tipsters get their hands on the final declarations. They will be on hand every day of the Cheltenham Festival to provide their insight for every race of the meeting. Check back here on the day of the race to find their Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle tips.

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Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle Betting Odds (January Update)

Hermes Allen, trained by Paul Nicholls, and part owned by ex-Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson, heads the betting for the Ballymore. He shot to the head of the market after winning the Challow Novices’ Hurdle in great style at the end of December.

He’s generally a 5/2 chance, and in behind as third favourite is another interesting runner, Impaire Et Passe. He’s high up in the betting for both the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle and this race, giving trainer Willie Mullins a real headache as to where he sends this runner.

What Happened in 2022?

We saw an excellent performance from Sir Gerhard in 2022. He powered up the Cheltenham hill to show his class and come away from a decent field. Sent off as the 8/11 favourite, he recorded a winning distance of three and a half lengths, and in the final few furlongs, the victory never looked in doubt.

Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle Key Stats

  • The last 22 winners of this race were aged either aged five or six
  • Eight of the last eleven winners came from the front three in the betting

Previous Winners of the Ballymore Novices Hurdle

  • 2022 - Sir Gerhard
  • 2021 – Bob Olinger
  • 2020 – Envoi Allen
  • 2019 – City Island
  • 2018 – Samcro

Cheltenham Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle FAQ’s

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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 2023 this will be Wednesday 15hth March.

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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 2022?

In 2022, Sir Gerhard forged clear to win the Ballymore Novices' Hurdle, and he was sent off as the 8/11 favourite.

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What time is the Ballymore Novices Hurdle?

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

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What is the purse for the Ballymore Novices Hurdle?

In 2022, the Ballymore Novices Hurdle prize fund total was £93,750 with £52,753 of it going to the winner.