March is a much anticipated month in the world of horseracing and in particular the calendars of National Hunt racing and Cheltenham Racecourse. At just around the mid-point of the month, we see the arrival of The Cheltenham Festival – usually sharing a date with St. Patrick’s Day.
The Festival is a four-day horseracing meeting featuring some of the most prestigious races and awards in the sport, including The Champion Hurdle, The Stayers’ Hurdle, The Queen Mother Champion Chase, and last but not least, The Cheltenham Gold Cup.
Second in prize-money to only the Grand National, The Cheltenham Festival welcomes around 250,000 spectators to Cheltenham Racecourse every year, where tens of millions of pounds are bet and hundreds of thousands of pints of Guinness are consumed.
With The Festival often sharing a day with St. Patrick, many Irish visitors descend on Cheltenham for the occasion, too, hence the vast quantities of Guinness flowing through the world-class venue and the Irish affiliated sponsorships.
Day Two of The Cheltenham Festival is also known as Ladies Day, where many fancy hats can be seen as the horses set off in the first race of the day, The Ballymore Novices Hurdle Race.
About the Race
The Ballymore Novices Hurdle Race is a Grade 1 National Hunt hurdle race open to novice horses aged 4 and above. It is run on the ‘old course’ of Cheltenham, covering a distance of 2 miles and 5 furlongs including a total of 10 hurdles to jump.
The Baring Bingham Novices’ Hurdle, sponsored by The Ballymore group, was established in 1971 and takes place every year on the second day of The Cheltenham Festival. Baring Bingham was the developer who purchased Prestbury Park in 1898 and organised the first-ever Cheltenham Festival.
The leading jockey in The Ballymore Novices Hurdle Race is Ruby Walsh, who won with FiveFourThree in 2008, Mikael d’Haguenet in 2009, Faugheen in 2014 and Yorkhill in 2016.
The Ballymore Novices Hurdle Race will be the first race of Ladies Day at The Cheltenham Festival 2021, beginning at 13:30.
The top 10 predicted runners and their ante-post odds for The Ballymore Novices Hurdle Race at The Cheltenham Festival 2021 are the following:
- Bravemansgame (FR) – 4/1 ante-post joint-favourite – 6 years old – weighing in at 11-7 (29/12/20) – trained by Paul Nicholls
- Appreciate It (IRE) – 4/1 ante-post joint-favourite – 7 years old – weighing in at 11-12 (27/12/20) – trained by Willie Mullins
- Bob Olinger (IRE) – 9/2 ante-post odds – 6 years old – weighing in at 11-12 (13/01/21) – trained by Henry De Bromhead
- Gaillard Du Mesnil (FR) – 13/2 ante-post odds – will be 6 years old – weighing in at 11-9 (28/12/20) – trained by Willie Mullins
- Metier (IRE) – 10/1 ante-post odds – will be 6 years old – weighing in at 11-7 (02/01/21) – trained by Harry Fry
- Ballyadam (IRE) – 12/1 ante-post odds – 6 years old – weighing in at 11-12 (27/12/20) – trained by Gordon Elliott
- Bear Ghylls (IRE) – 12/1 ante-post odds – 6 years old – weighing in at 11-10 (10/01/21) – trained by Nicky Martin
- Dreal Deal (IRE) – 12/1 ante-post odds – 6 years old – weighing in at 11-4 (17/01/21) – trained by owner Ronan McNally
- Ashdale Bob (IRE) – 14/1 ante-post odds – 6 years old – weighing in at 11-12 (13/01/21) – trained by Mrs John Harrington
- Boothill (IRE) – 14/1 ante-post odds – 6 years old – weighing in at 10-12 (10/12/20) – trained by Harry Fry
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If you’d placed an outright bet on 14/1 Willoughby Court to win The Ballymore Novices Hurdle Race in 2017, you’d have bagged yourself £140 in profits.
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Here are the previous 4 winners of The Ballymore Novices Hurdle Race, including their odds, closest competitors and race stats:
The winner of The Ballymore Novices Hurdle Race last year was strong 4/7 favourite Envoi Allen, ridden by jockey Davy Russell and trained by Gordon Elliott.
12/1 Easywork finished in second place, followed by 9/1 TheBigGetaway in third, and 8/1 The Big Breakaway filling up the fourth placement.
8/1 outsider City Island won The Ballymore Novices Hurdle Race in 2019, ridden by jockey Mark Walsh and trained by Martin Brassil.
3/1 race favourite Battleoverdoyen was one of 4 horses to pull up in this race, making way for 9/2 Champ to take second and 25/1 Bright Forecast to finish third.
Samcro was the 8/11 favourite for The Ballymore Novices Hurdle Race in 2018 and he won comfortably, ridden by jockey Jack Kennedy and trained by Gordon Elliott.
Only one of the 14 runners didn’t make it to the finish line and it was 200/1 outsider Ahead Of The Curve ridden by James Corbett who pulled up after a mistake at the 4th hurdle.
Back in 2017, it was 14/1 outsider Willoughby Court that won The Ballymore Novices Hurdle Race, ridden by jockey David Bass and trained by Ben Pauling.
2/1 race favourite Neon Wolf finished in second place by just a head, well ahead of the chasers 8/1 Messire Des Obeaux in third and 50/1 Burbank in fourth.