- 1:30 Supreme Novices Hurdle
- 2:10 Arkle Chase
- 2:50 Ultima Handicap Chase
- 3:30 Champion Hurdle
- 4:10 Mares Hurdle
- 4:50 National Hunt Chase Cup
- 5:30 Close Brothers Novices Chase
- 1:30 Ballymore Novices Hurdle
- 2:10 RSA Chase
- 2:50 Coral Cup
- 3:30 Queen Mthr Champion Chase
- 4:10 Cross Country Chase
- 4:50 Fred Winter H'Cap Hurdle
- 5:30 Champion Bumper
- 1:30 JLT Novices Chase
- 2:10 Pertemps Final Hurdle
- 2:50 Ryanair Chase
- 3:30 Stayers Hurdle
- 4:10 Brown Advisory Plate
- 4:50 Mares Novices Hurdle
- 5:30 Kim Muir Chase Cup
Ballymore Properties Hurdle Tips - 1.30pm Cheltenham
2019 PREVIEW DUE by MARCH 5th-10th
The last time this race was run under the Ballymore banner was in 2009 when the Irish trainer Willie Mullins won it with Mikael d’Haguenet. Since then it’s been called the Neptune, although not much else has changed as Mullins has won it a further twice with Faugheen and Yorkhill.
This time round the Irish wizard has the 6yo Next Destination at the top of his pecking order. Owned by Malcolm Denmark the likeable gelding has won the first three of his starts over hurdles to date. The last victory in January was a Grade 1 contest at Naas over 2m4f, he battled on well to be at Cracking Smart and that’s decent form.
As with most of the Mullins runners he was also entered for the Albert Bartlett and although he looks sure to stay the extra distance at the moment this looks the right race.
The yard also saddle Scarpeta who was trained on the flat by Mark Johnston and was only modest with a rating of 75. He was third on his hurdling debut at Navan and then came out and won a 20-runner contest at Gowran by an impressive 17 lengths. He could be anything really and a lively outsider not to be dismissed too lightly.
A staying on third in that race at Naas was stable mate Duc Des Genievres, that was his first outing since coming over from France and was a very promising start. The 5yo followed that by running on late to snatch second spot behind Samcro at Leopardstown over two miles. Again it was a run full of promise and he could easily improve enough to be a serious threat here.
One of the most impressive novices seen this season has been the Gordon Elliott trained Samcro. The 6yo won a point and three bumpers in his first year in training and has since steadily improved with every out over hurdles.
He kicked off with a 15-length victory in a weak race at Punchestown and then stepped up in class to take the Grade 3 Monksfield Hurdle at Naas by 12 lengths. That was over 2m4f and beat Jetz and Delta Work who have both run well since.
He surprisingly stepped back in trip next time out at Leopardstown; the thinking was connections didn’t want a hard slog over 2m5f on bad ground as his Festival prep so kept him at the minimum instead. It mattered not as he bolted up and beat a decent field in the process.
Gigginstown boss Michael O’Leary had insisted all along that he would go back up in distance and run in this race next and is already the banker for many people on day two of the Festival.
Trainer Tom George and owner Roger Brookhouse have an interesting dilemma, the combo are responsible for both Black Op and Summerville Boy. They both had multiple entries and there is not much to choose between the pair. Summerville Boy has taken the Supreme route leaving Black Op to go the extra distance.
Black Op was only 4th on his hurdling debut at Newbury but then trounced the opposition by 17 lengths on his next outing at Doncaster. His progression continued next time when finishing a close second in the Grade 2 trial race here at Cheltenham in January. That form behind Santini looks pretty good and Noel fehily takes the ride.
Colin Tizzard saddles an interesting outsider in Vision Des Flos, he was highly regarded at the beginning of the season and was enetered in two Grade 2 contests. He failed to click for whatever reason then was beaten when long odds on at Ffos Las. He had a small break and a wind operation and all of a sudden he looks like the horse they thought he was. He came out and bolted up at Exeter and will enjoy the ground more than most.
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Ballymore Novice Hurdle Runners
Ballymore Novice Hurdle Trends
|10/10 Winners||Were aged 5 or 6 year olds|
|9/10 Winners||Started 7/1 or less|
|9/10 Winners||Placed in Graded hurdle|
|9/10 Winners||Had won over 2m4f+ already|
|9/10 Winners||Had won a Bumper race|
|8/10 Winners||Rated 142 or higher|
|8/10 Winners||Won last time out|
|7/10 Favourites||Did NOT win|
|7/10 Winners||Had not won a Grade 1 hurdle|
|6/10 Winners||Were trained in Ireland|
Ballymore Novice Hurdle Previous Winners
|2018||Samcro||6||Jack Kennedy||Gordon Elliott||8/11|
|2017||Willoughby Court||6||David Bass||Ben Pauling||14/1|
|2016||Yorkhill||6||Ruby Walsh||Willie Mullins||3/1|
|2015||Windsor Park||6||Davy Russell||Dermot Weld||9/2|
|2014||Faugheen||6||Ruby Walsh||Willie Mullins||6/4|
|2013||The New One||5||Sam Twiston-Davies||Nigel Twiston-Davies||7/2|
|2012||Simonsig||6||Barry Geraghty||Nicky Henderson||2/1|
|2011||First Lieutenant||6||Davy Russell||Mouse Morris||7/1|
|2010||Peddlers Cross||5||Jason Maguire||Donald McCain, Jr.||7/1|
|2009||Mikael d'Haguenet||5||Ruby Walsh||Willie Mullins||5/2|