The Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle Race takes place at the end of every October at Cheltenham Racecourse for The Showcase meeting.
The Showcase is the first National Hunt horse racing event held at Cheltenham Racecourse after the summer break, offering 14 exquisite races across two brilliantly competitive days on the cusp of the Cotswolds.
Over the two days, horse racing fanatics get to witness two excellent featured races, with The Bentley Flying Spur Handicap Steeple Chase on Day One and The Matchbook Betting Exchange Handicap Steeple Chase on Day Two.
The Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle Race will be the first race of The Showcase 2021, scheduled to take place on Friday the 22nd of October.
About the Race
The Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle Race is a Class 2 National Hunt novices hurdle race that is run at Cheltenham Festival for The Showcase every Autumn.
Open to horses aged four years and above and run on the old course of Cheltenham, this race measures 2 miles and 5 furlongs in length and features a total of 10 hurdles for the competitors to jump.
Runners are competing for a share of the £16,000 purse which is split proportionately between each of the top four finishers, with £10,010 assigned to the first-place finisher. The team of the horse that finishes in second-place takes home a £2,957 share while third and fourth take £1,478 and £739 respectively.
The Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle Race will take place on Friday the 22nd of October at The Cheltenham Showcase, beginning at 13:50.
The incredible horses that compete in The Ballymore Novices Hurdle Race at The Cheltenham Showcase provide an exciting atmosphere for all in attendance every October.
Here are the runners, their starting prices and how they fared in this fantastic race the last time it was contested in 2020 (ordered by saddlecloth number):
- Finisk River (GB) – Fell – 8/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-6 – ridden by jockey Brian Hughes and trained by Donald McCain Jnr
- Ask For Glory (IRE) – fifth-place finish – 2/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-3 – ridden by jockey Harry Cobden and trained by Paul Nicholls
- Does He Know (GB) – first-place finish – 9/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-3 – ridden by jockey David Bass and trained by Kim Bailey
- Global Fame (IRE) – Non-Runner – starting price N/A – weighing in at 11-3 – assigned jockey Paddy Brennan and trained by Fergal O’Brien
- Midnight River (GB) – second-place finish – 2/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-3 – ridden by jockey Harry Skelton and trained by Dan Skelton
- Topofthecotswolds (GB) – third-place finish – 5/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-3 – ridden by jockey Sam Twiston-Davies and trained by Nigel Twiston-Davies
- Domaine De L’Isle (FR) – fourth-place finish – 25/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-12 – ridden by jockey Sean Bowen and trained by Sean Curran
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In recent years of The Showcase at Cheltenham Racecourse, there has been a fair mixture of winning favourites and long outsiders upsetting the odds. Last year, Does He Know came off on top with a starting price of 9/1, turning £10 outright stakes into £100 returns.
In the three years prior to this, The Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle Race was won by the expected favourites, with odds of 13/8, 6/4 and Evens. The shortest odds were the 1/1 Evs, which would have still doubled your money on outright bets with a likely race outcome.
Here are the previous 4 winners of The Ballymore Novices Hurdle Race at The Showcase in Cheltenham, including their odds, closest competitors and race stats:
Last time out, The Ballymore Novices Hurdle Race at The Showcase was won by 9/1 outsider Does He Know, ridden by jockey David Bass and trained by Kim Bailey.
2/1 joint-favourite Midnight River finished four and three-quarter lengths behind the leader in second-place, followed by 5/1 Topofthecotswold in third-place and 25/1 Domaine De L’Isle in fourth. 8/1 priced Finisk River was the only contender that failed to complete the race, falling three hurdles out.
In 2019, The Ballymore Novices Hurdle Race was won by Irish 13/8 race favourite Champagne Well, ridden by jockey Paddy Brennan and trained by Fergal O’Brien.
5/1 Braid Blue finished just half a length behind the leader in second, followed by 11/2 L’Air Du Vent in third and 2/1 second-favourite Doctor Duffy in fourth. All 8 of the starting runners successfully completed this race.
The Ballymore Novices Hurdle Race at The Showcase 2018 was won by 6/4 race favourite Canardier, ridden by jockey Barry Geraghty and trained by Dermot McLoughlin.
5/2 second-favourite Go Another One finished two and a quarter lengths behind the leader in second-place, followed by 7/1 Make My Heart Fly in third and 11/1 outsider Rocco in fourth. 16/1 outsider Havana Beat was the only horse to fail to complete this race, falling at the fifth hurdle.
Back in 2017, the winner of The Ballymore Novices Hurdle Race at Cheltenham Racecourse was Evs favourite Brillare Momento, ridden by jockey Aidan Coleman and trained by Martin Keighley.
12/1 Treackle Tart finished just a length and a half behind the leader in second-place, followed by 16/1 outsider Jabulani in third and 9/4 second-favourite Its All Guesswork in fourth. 11/2 Blairs Cove was the only other horse to compete in this race, finishing 14 lengths behind Its All Guesswork in fifth.