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Ballymore Novices' Hurdle 2021 Racecard

The Ballymore Novices Hurdle is a Grade 1 National Hunt hurdle race which takes place each year during the Cheltenham Festival in March. Open to horses four years and older who are novices (meaning they hadn’t won a race over hurdles prior to that season), the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle is run on the Old Course at Cheltenham over a distance of about two miles and five furlongs (2 miles 5 furlongs and 26 yards), with 10 hurdles to be jumped.

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1:20 Wed 17 Mar BALLYMORE NOVICES' HURDLE

Distance: 21f 0y Age: 4yo + Prize: £93,750

ENTRY
FORM
SILKS HORSE
JOCKEY & TRAINER
AGE
WGT
ODDS
1
110-111
jockey silks 1. ADRIMEL (FR)
T: Tom Lacey
6
11-7
110-111
2
32-631
jockey silks 2. ALKO ROUGE (FR)
T: T. Gibney, Ireland
7
11-7
32-631
3
1211/2
jockey silks 3. ALRIGHT SUNSHINE (IRE)
T: Keith Dalgleish
6
11-7
1211/2
4
25-21114
jockey silks 4. ANNUAL INVICTUS (IRE)
T: Chris Gordon
6
11-7
25-21114
5
112
jockey silks 5. ANY NEWS (IRE)
T: Neil Mulholland
6
11-7
112
6
3112-111
jockey silks 6. APPRECIATE IT (IRE)
T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
7
11-7
3112-111
7
31-1142
jockey silks 7. BALLYADAM (IRE)
T: Gordon Elliott, Ireland
6
11-7
31-1142
8
3-211
jockey silks 8. BALLYBEGG (IRE)
T: Kerry Lee
6
11-7
3-211
9
1-111
jockey silks 9. BEAR GHYLLS (IRE)
T: Nicky Martin
6
11-7
1-111
10
14U7-1114
jockey silks 10. BENSON
T: Dr Richard Newland
6
11-7
14U7-1114
11
123
jockey silks 11. BLUE LORD (FR)
T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
6
11-7
123
12
1-211
jockey silks 12. BOB OLINGER (IRE)
T: Henry de Bromhead, Ireland
6
11-7
1-211
13
22-13
jockey silks 13. BOTHWELL BRIDGE (IRE)
T: Nicky Henderson
6
11-7
22-13
14
36-2111
jockey silks 14. BRAVEMANSGAME (FR)
T: Paul Nicholls
6
11-7
36-2111
15
413
jockey silks 15. BRAZOS (USA)
T: John Joseph Murphy, Ireland
7
11-7
413
16
1P
jockey silks 16. CAPE GENTLEMAN (IRE)
T: Emmet Mullins, Ireland
5
11-7
1P
17
2122
jockey silks 17. CAPTAIN MORGS (IRE)
T: Nicky Henderson
5
11-7
2122
18
73-311263
jockey silks 18. CASTLE ROBIN (IRE)
T: Charlie Longsdon
6
11-7
73-311263
19
1F5
jockey silks 19. COMMANDINGPRESENCE (IRE)
T: Henry de Bromhead, Ireland
6
11-7
1F5
20
22-111R8
jockey silks 20. DOES HE KNOW
T: Kim Bailey
6
11-7
22-111R8
21
0880-1111
jockey silks 21. DREAL DEAL (IRE)
T: Ronan M. P. McNally, Ireland
6
11-7
0880-1111
22
1/2-111
jockey silks 22. ENEMY COAST AHEAD
T: Olly Murphy
7
11-7
1/2-111
23
215-1550
jockey silks 23. ESKYLANE (IRE)
T: Gordon Elliott, Ireland
7
11-7
215-1550
24
4222-1124
jockey silks 24. FAKIERA (FR)
T: Gordon Elliott, Ireland
6
11-7
4222-1124
25
11-141
jockey silks 25. FAROUK D'ALENE (FR)
T: Gordon Elliott, Ireland
6
11-7
11-141
26
511-32112
jockey silks 26. FIFTY BALL (FR)
T: Gary Moore
6
11-7
511-32112
27
1/41
jockey silks 27. FRERE TUCK (FR)
T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
6
11-7
1/41
28
21222-211
jockey silks 28. GAILLARD DU MESNIL (FR)
T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
5
11-7
21222-211
29
12
jockey silks 29. GALLYHILL (IRE)
T: Nicky Henderson
6
11-7
12
30
12P6
jockey silks 30. GALOPIN DES CHAMPS (FR)
T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
5
11-7
12P6
31
1-125
jockey silks 31. GANAPATHI (FR)
T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
5
11-7
1-125
32
22-1
jockey silks 32. GENTLEMAN DE MEE (FR)
T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
5
11-7
22-1
33
1-42
jockey silks 33. GRAND BORNAND (FR)
T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
5
11-7
1-42
34
3/69-25111
jockey silks 34. GRUMPY CHARLEY
T: Chris Honour
6
11-7
3/69-25111
35
21131P
jockey silks 35. HERE COMES JOHNY (IRE)
T: Olly Murphy
6
11-7
21131P
36
1-2U
jockey silks 36. HOI POLLOI (IRE)
T: Emma Lavelle
6
11-7
1-2U
37
2/2
jockey silks 37. INTERCONNECTED
T: Dan Skelton
7
11-7
2/2
38
11
jockey silks 38. JUNGLE BOOGIE (IRE)
T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
7
11-7
11
39
1-13
jockey silks 39. KESKONRISK (FR)
T: Joseph Patrick O'Brien, Ireland
6
11-7
1-13
40
5FF51P
jockey silks 40. KHAN (GER)
T: Milton Harris
7
11-7
5FF51P
41
24
jockey silks 41. KILLER KANE (IRE)
T: Colin Tizzard
6
11-7
24
42
12
jockey silks 42. LAST ROYAL
T: Keiran Burke
6
11-7
12
43
231P
jockey silks 43. LIMESTONE ROCK (IRE)
T: M. F. Morris, Ireland
5
11-7
231P
44
11U7
jockey silks 44. LORD ACCORD (IRE)
T: Neil Mulholland
6
11-7
11U7
45
2218
jockey silks 45. LORD OF KERAK
T: Olly Murphy
6
11-7
2218
46
41
jockey silks 46. M C MULDOON (IRE)
T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
6
11-7
41
47
30-3
jockey silks 47. MAHLER ALLSTAR (IRE)
T: Jonathan Sweeney, Ireland
7
11-7
30-3
48
1-213
jockey silks 48. MAKE ME A BELIEVER (IRE)
T: David Pipe
6
11-7
1-213
49
111
jockey silks 49. METIER (IRE)
T: Harry Fry
5
11-7
111
50
3
jockey silks 50. MICRO MANAGE (IRE)
T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
5
11-7
3
51
42-114124
jockey silks 51. MINT CONDITION
T: Jennie Candlish
7
11-7
42-114124
52
1P11390
jockey silks 52. N'GOLO (IRE)
T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
6
11-7
1P11390
53
3412
jockey silks 53. NO RISK DES FLOS (FR)
T: Olly Murphy
6
11-7
3412
54
56
jockey silks 54. NUMBERS MAN (IRE)
T: Colin Tizzard
5
11-7
56
55
0-3122103
jockey silks 55. ONE TRUE KING (IRE)
T: Nigel Twiston-Davies
6
11-7
0-3122103
56
8113
jockey silks 56. OPTIMISE PRIME (IRE)
T: Ben Pauling
5
11-7
8113
57
1193
jockey silks 57. OSCAR ELITE (IRE)
T: Colin Tizzard
6
11-7
1193
58
211
jockey silks 58. PATROCLUS (IRE)
T: Nicky Henderson
5
11-7
211
59
232-3
jockey silks 59. PIPESMOKER (FR)
T: Nicky Henderson
6
11-7
232-3
60
jockey silks 60. RAYAPOUR (FR)
T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
5
11-7
61
42234-253
jockey silks 61. ROAD SENAM (FR)
T: Colin Tizzard
5
11-7
42234-253
62
2-112
jockey silks 62. SOLWARA ONE (IRE)
T: Neil Mulholland
7
11-7
2-112
63
132-313
jockey silks 63. STATTLER (IRE)
T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
6
11-7
132-313
64
1/57-21112
jockey silks 64. STONER'S CHOICE
T: Fergal O'Brien
6
11-7
1/57-21112
65
41-3233
jockey silks 65. TILE TAPPER
T: Chris Honour
7
11-7
41-3233
66
1/21-4
jockey silks 66. UHTRED (IRE)
T: Joseph Patrick O'Brien, Ireland
6
11-7
1/21-4
67
126-23210
jockey silks 67. WIDE RECEIVER (IRE)
T: Gordon Elliott, Ireland
6
11-7
126-23210
68
214-11P1
jockey silks 68. WILDE ABOUT OSCAR (IRE)
T: Dan Skelton
6
11-7
214-11P1
69
342-121
jockey silks 69. WITNESS PROTECTION (IRE)
T: Martin Keighley
8
11-7
342-121
70
3-211
jockey silks 70. ATLANTIC FAIRY (IRE)
T: Henry de Bromhead, Ireland
7
11-0
3-211
71
11/2111-52
jockey silks 71. MANITOPARK AA (FR)
T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
5
11-0
11/2111-52
72
1111
jockey silks 72. DUFFLE COAT (IRE)
T: Gordon Elliott, Ireland
4
10-13
1111

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The Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle is the first race on day two of the Cheltenham Festival.

The race was first established in 1971, and was won by the Harry Thomson Jones-trained Midsprite under jockey Macer Gifford.

In 1974, Sun Alliance (an insurance company which was later know as Royal & Sun Alliance) began sponsoring the race and as a result the contest became known as the Sun Alliance Novices’ Hurdle.

The association lasted over 30 years until Ballymore Properties backed the event for the first time in 2006.

Just four years later, Neptune Investment Management took over the reins as main sponsor, and the race was run under their banner for seven years, before Ballymore resumed sponsorship for the 2018 running. Their support was well-founded when City Island – trained by Martin Brassil and owned by Founder and Group Chief Executive of Ballymore, Sean Mulryan – won the 2019 renewal.

The Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle has produced some top-class hurdlers in the past, notably three-time Champion Hurdle winner Istabraq and two-time Champion Hurdle winner Hardy Eustace .

Faugheen produced one of the best performances in the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle since the turn of the century when successful in 2014, beating Ballyalton by four and a half lengths under Ruby Walsh, overcoming a bad mistake at the third last in the process.

Faugheen also went on to win the Champion Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival the following year, further enhancing the record of winners of the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle that go on to do well in that race.

More recently, the Gordon Elliott-trained Samcro was another impressive winner of the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle when sauntering clear of his rivals to win the 2018 renewal. He produced the best performance in the race since the aforementioned Faugheen when readily justifying favouritism.

The most successful Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle trainer in recent times is Willie Mullins , who has won the race four times, with: Fiveforthree (2008), Mikael d’Haguenet (2009), Faugheen (2014) and Yorkhill (2016).

The most successful Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle jockey in recent times is Ruby Walsh , who has won the race four times, with: Fiveforthree (2008), Mikael d’Haguenet (2009), Faugheen (2014) and Yorkhill (2016).

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Ballymore Novices' Hurdle 2020 FAQs

What is the distance of the Ballymore Novices' Hurdle?

2 miles and 5 furlongs and 26 yards

How many obstacles are jumped in the Ballymore Novices' Hurdle?

10

What day of the festival is the Ballymore Novices' Hurdle?

Day 2

What time is the Ballymore Novices' Hurdle?

13:30

What weights are carried for the Ballymore Novices' Hurdle?

10st 13lbs (4yo). 11st 7lb (5yo+). 7lb allowance for fillies and mares.

What is the purse for the Ballymore Novices' Hurdle?

£125,000 (2019)

Who is the leading jockey in the Ballymore Novices' Hurdle*?

Ruby Walsh

Who is the leading trainer in the Ballymore Novices' Hurdle*?

Willie Mullins

Who won the Ballymore Novices' Hurdle?

You can check out our Ballymore Novices' Hurdle results page here to see a list of previous winners.

Where can I compare the odds for the Ballymore Novices' Hurdle?

Click the link to visit our Ballymore Novices' Hurdle Odds Comparison page.

*Since 1972

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