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Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle 2022 Betting Odds, Runners Preview

Day 2 of the Cheltenham Festival is titled ‘Ladies Day’ and proceedings kick off with the Ballymore Properties Novices’ Hurdle. It is a Grade 1 contest 

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.

The winner invariably goes on to prove themselves top-class as a second season hurdler, or indeed a novice chaser.  Notably, half of the last twelve winners started favourite or second favourite. It has been won by the likes of Faugheen (2014) and Yorkhill (2016) in the last decade. Both went onto Festival glory in subsequent seasons so it’s a race well worth keeping an eye on.

Race Details
When:Wednesday 16th March, 1.20pm
Distance:Two-miles & five furlongs
Race TypeGrade 1 Novice Hurdle
CourseOld Course
Weights:10st 12lb (4yo), 11st 7lb (5yo+), 7lb allowance for fillies & mares
Where to watch?ITV, Racing UK, Bookmaker Streams

The Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle

The Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle is a Grade 1 National Hunt hurdle race for novice hurdlers aged four years or older. It is run over a distance of around two miles and five furlongs on the Old Course at Cheltenham with ten hurdles to be jumped.

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

What Happened in 2021?

In 2021, Bob Olinger sprouted wings to extend jockey Rachael Blackmore’s dream start at the Cheltenham Festival into the second day.

Current Favourites

The leading fancies, according to the latest odds, are:

Sir Gerhard – 5/1 with bet365*

Trainer – Willie Mullins | Jockey – Tbc | Age 5

Winner of the Champion Bumper thanks to a brilliant ride from Rachael Blackmore, having previously won two bumpers in style (including a listed contest) for Gordon Elliott before his switch to Closutton.

He was slightly disappointing at Punchestown when Kilcruit reversed that form in style. He should take high rank over hurdles this year although if stablemate Kilcruit runs disappointingly again then there’s a danger of him being switched to the Supreme.

Constitution Hill – 12/1 with bet365*

Trainer – Nicky Henderson | Jockey – Tbc | Age 4

A £120,000 buy from the pointing ranks, Constitution Hill was well backed un the lead up to his hurdling debut but still went off second favourite behind I Might, who he slammed by 14 lengths in one of the most impressive hurdling performances seen this season.

That was over 2 miles, but it would be a shock if he didn’t get further. The Supreme could well be an aim, but surely stablemate Jonbon is headed there too, which might increase the chances of him running here.

Ginto – 20/1 with Unibet*

Trainer – Gordon Elliott | Jockey – Tbc | Age 5

An impressive winner of his point, he made amends for an odds-on defeat on his rules debut when smashing a smart horse in the name of Shantreusse, who has since finished second on her hurdles debut.

He’s started his hurdling debut in great style, bolting up at Killarney and then winning the Navan Novice Hurdle by 11 lengths from two previously impressive winners. The Lawlor’s Novice Hurdle might well be next, and he could be a massive player.

Sir Gerhard should take high tank over the next few months, but he hasn’t been seen yet and given that the Supreme is another likely contest for him. That’s also the case with Constitution Hill, and it could be wise to look outside the top names.

Ginto, as a Graded winner who has form in the book, could be a value option long term for a trainer who’s had recent success and is the each way pick.

Previous Winners of the Ballymore Novices Hurdle

2021 – Bob Olinger

2020 – Envoi Allen

2019 – City Island

2018 – Samcro

2017 – Willoughby Court

2016 – Yorkhill

2015 – Windsor Park

2014 – Faugheen

2013 – The New One

2012 – Simonsig

* Cheltenham 2022 betting odds correct at the time of writing

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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 2022 this will be Wednesday, 16th March.

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).

Who won the Ballymore Novices Hurdle in 2021?

In 2021, Bob Olinger flew up the Cheltenham hill to extend jockey Rachael Blackmore’s dream start at the Cheltenham Festival into the second day.

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 1.20 pm.

What is the purse for the Ballymore Novices Hurdle?

In 2021, the Ballymore Novices Hurdle prize fund total was £93,750 with £52,753 of it going to the winner.