Ballymore Novices Hurdle Tips - 1:30pm Cheltenham

2019 Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle Preview

Gordon Elliott took this race last year with Samcro and that was the fourth Irish winner in the last five renewals. It’s usually a race full of quality and just in the last ten years alone we have seen the likes of Faugheen, The New One, Simonsig, Peddlars Cross and Yorkhill stride to victory in the Ballymore.

Simonsig’s victory in 2012 was the last time trainer Nicky Henderson hit the frame in the contest, he is probably better known for targeting the Supreme Hurdle instead. This time round he has a solid chance with the J.P.McManus owned Champ who is named after A.P.McCoy who rode so many winners in the green and gold colours.

The 7yo is a second season novice having made his debut at Ascot in January 2018, he was second that day and it was decided to be patient with him and wait until this season before attempting to break his duck over hurdles and therefore preserve his novice status.

He won a couple of small races at Perth and Warwick without being extended and was then give a decent break before reappearing at Newbury in December in a handicap. He raced off a mark of 139 that day and you have to look back and think what a certainty he was that day.

He has since won the Challow Hurdle by 2 ½ lengths from Getaway Trump and has yet to be fully tested. He looks the main contender from this side of the Irish Sea.

Brewin’upastorm is trained by Olly Murphy and winning on his hurdling debut at Huntingdon he found Champ too hot in the Challow Hurdle at Newbury, He wasn’t beaten far that day and connections always thought the stiffer track at Cheltenham would suit better.

As already stated he was going really well when coming down at the last in the trial race and presenting the race to Birchdale and will be out to make amends here.

Dan Skelton has a high opinion of his 6yo Beakstown and despite a defeat in soft ground at Newcastle on his second start he could be the sort to go well here in a big field.

He was a good winner of the Grade 2 Leamington Novices Hurdle at Warwick in January and that was by far his best run over hurdles to date. He looks a 3-mile chaser in the making but for now can make his presence felt over the smaller obstacles.

This year’s Irish challenge is headed by the Gordon Elliott trained, Gigginstown Stud owned Battleoverdoyen. Apart from being from the same combination of last year’s winner Samcro this 6yo has done nothing wrong to date and has won a point, a bumper and two novice hurdles.

He opened his hurdles account at Navan when beating a big field by an easy 13 lengths, he then went straight into the deep end by running in the Grade 1 Lawlor’s of Naas Novice Hurdle. He beat Sam’s Profile by 2 ¾ lengths without being asked too many questions and looks a very exciting prospect for the future.

Ben Pauling and Nico de Boinville team up with Bright Forecast, he produced a big shock at Newbury on his debut when winning at 20/1. Next time out he followed up at Leicester in good style and that earned him a tilt at Grade 2 company. That day at Haydock he was beaten 2 1/2 lengths by Mister Fisher which is pretty decent form and now the 5yo steps up in trip for the first time. He would be a very popular winner as he runs in the old Aldaniti colours.

Willie Mullins has won this four times since 2008, Yorkhill being the most recent back in 2016. It has to be said he lacks any real superstars in this division at the moment but his Easy Game is this years representative.

Easy Game is a slow burner who is improving with each run, he won a Grade 3 contest at Navan in November and then went one better by landing a Grade 2 at the same venue a month later beating a useful yardstick in Getareason by two lengths.

City Island trained by Martin Brassil has come into the picture on the back of an impressive performance at Naas in February. He won with any amount in hand that day and followed up his victory at Leopardstown in December. He has been well backed in the lead up to this race.

Another Irish raider with a squeak is Sams Profile trained by Mouse Morris. Bryan Cooper will ride this one and comes here after finishing second to the fancied Battleoverdoyen at Nass in January. That was a decent contest and the first time the 5yo had been over this sort of trip so improvement is possible.


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Ballymore Novices Hurdle Trends
Ballymore Novices Hurdle Previous Winners
YearWinnerAge JockeyTrainerSP
2019City Island6Mark WalshMartin Brassil8/1
2018Samcro6Jack KennedyGordon Elliott8/11
2017Willoughby Court6David BassBen Pauling14/1
2016Yorkhill6Ruby WalshWillie Mullins3/1
2015Windsor Park6Davy RussellDermot Weld9/2
2014Faugheen6Ruby WalshWillie Mullins6/4
2013The New One5Sam Twiston-DaviesNigel Twiston-Davies7/2
2012Simonsig6Barry GeraghtyNicky Henderson2/1
2011First Lieutenant6Davy RussellMouse Morris7/1
2010Peddlers Cross5Jason MaguireDonald McCain, Jr.7/1
2009Mikael d'Haguenet5Ruby WalshWillie Mullins5/2

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