Race five of The November Meeting’s Countryside Day at Cheltenham Racecourse will be the National Hunt’s Ballymore Novices Hurdle Race.
Spread over three days and offering 19 immense races for horse racing fanatics to feast their eyes on, The November Meeting is the second National Hunt meeting held in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire for each season.
Day one is also known as Countryside day and features a six-race card including The Mucking Brilliant Paddy Power Handicap Chase. Day Two, also known as Paddy Power Day, offers a seven-race card including the featured race of The November Meeting – The Paddy Power Gold Cup Steeple Chase.
Day Three, also known as simply The November Meeting Sunday, is back to a six-race card and presents The Unibet Greatwood Handicap Hurdle Race as its feature fixture.
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About the Race
The Ballymore Novices Hurdle Race, registered as The Hyde Novices’ Hurdle, is a Grade 2 National Hunt novices hurdle race that is run on the old course of Cheltenham for The November Meeting every November.
Horses aged four years and over can participate in this race that measures 2 miles, 5 furlongs and 26 yards in distance and features 10 hurdles for the powerful horses to clear.
Since this race was first run in 1996, the purse has slowly grown to the £26,000 it is today which is shared between the first four finishing horses depending on their position:
- 1st place – £14,807
- 2nd place – £5,556
- 3rd place – £2,782
- 4th place – £1,386
The Ballymore Novices Hurdle Race will be the penultimate race of Countryside Day at The November Meeting on Friday the 12th of November 2021, beginning at 15:35.
The Ballymore Novices Hurdle Race and its prize pool are contested intensely at The November Meeting every single year by the elite racehorses that have truly earned their place in the race.
Here are the runners, their starting prices and how they fared in this fantastic race the last time it was contested at The November Meeting 2020 (ordered by saddlecloth number):
- Does He Know (GB) – first-place finish – 11/8 starting price – weighing in at 11-3 – ridden by jockey David Bass and trained by Kim Bailey
- Ballymillsy (GB) – sixth-place finish – 16/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-0 – ridden by jockey Sam Twiston-Davies and trained by Nigel Twiston-Davies
- Grand Mogul (IRE) – fifth-place finish – 10/3 starting price – weighing in at 11-0 – ridden by jockey Nico De Boinville and trained by Nicky Henderson
- Petrastar (GB) – seventh-place finish – 25/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-0 – ridden by jockey Kielan Woods and trained by D J Jeffries
- Polish (GB) – third-place finish – 11/2 starting price – weighing in at 11-0 – ridden by jockey Paddy Brennan and trained by Fergal O’Brien
- The Grand Visir (GB) – fourth-place finish – 15/2 starting price – weighing in at 11-0 – ridden by jockey Robert Dunne and trained by Ian Williams
- Wild Romance (IRE) – second-place finish – 10/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-7 – ridden by jockey Harry Skelton and trained by Dan Skelton
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Last year’s winner was the race favourite Does He Know with a starting price of 11/8, which is very generous for an expected winner. Just three lengths behind the leader in second-place was 10/1 outsider Wild Romance, who would have returned outright backing stakes 10-fold had he been a few paces quicker coming away from the final hurdle.
It’s been a little while since The Ballymore Novices Hurdle Race has seen an upset so maybe 2021 will be the year to think outside the box.
Here are the previous 4 winners of The Ballymore Novices Hurdle Race at The November Meeting in Cheltenham, including their odds, closest competitors and race stats:
The Ballymore Novices Hurdle Race at last year’s November Meeting was won by 11/8 race favourite Does He Know, ridden by jockey David Bass and trained by Kim Bailey.
10/1 outsider Wild Romance finished 3 lengths behind the leader in second-place, followed by 11/2 priced Polish in third and 15/2 hopeful The Grand Visir in fourth. All 7 starting runners successfully completed this race.
The 2019 edition of The Ballymore Novices Hurdle Race did not take place after adverse weather conditions resulted in the abandonment of The November Meeting’s Countryside Day at Cheltenham Racecourse.
On Countryside Day at The November Meeting 2018, The Ballymore Novices Hurdle Race was won by 7/2 Coolanly, ridden by jockey Paddy Brennan and trained by Fergal O’Brien.
9/4 race favourite Pym finished three and a quarter lengths behind the leader in second-place, followed by 25/1 outsider Percy Veer in third and 5/1 Darlac in fourth. Nine runners began this race and only 10/3 Double Treasure failed to complete it, pulling up before the sixth hurdle.
Back in 2017, the winner of The Ballymore Novices Hurdle Race at Cheltenham Racecourse was 9/2 joint-third favourite On The Blind Side, ridden by jockey Nico De Boinville and trained by Nicky Henderson.
7/1 outsider Momella finished two and a half lengths behind the leader in second-place, followed by 9/2 Poetic Rhythm in third and 3/1 second-favourite Vision Des Flos in fourth. Six runners began this race but only 5 completed it after 40/1 Aye Aye Charlie fell three hurdles out.