Day 2 – Wed 11th March 2020 – 1.30pm – Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle – Class 1 – 2m5f
The Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle is the race that opens the second day of the Cheltenham Festival. It is run over 2 miles and 5 furlongs, and it is reserved for novice staying hurdlers that are aged four years or more. In 2019 the winner was City Island which was trained by Martin Brassil.
2019 Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle Result
|1st||City Island 8/1||6||M Walsh||M Brassil|
|2nd||Champ 9/2||7||B Gerraghty||N Henderson|
|3rd||Bright Forecast 25/1||5||N D’Boinville||B Pauling|
Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle History
The Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle opens the second day of the Cheltenham Festival. This race is popular, having produced some very impressive winners in recent years. The likes of Mikael D’Haguenet and Peddlers Cross have not only won this race but have also been key contenders in the World Hurdle at Cheltenham Festival.
The race has changed name recently as it was previously known as the Neptune Novices’ Hurdle and then the Royal & Sun Alliance. It has run over a distance of 2 miles and 5 furlong. Favourites have been struggling here as the ante-post favourites haven’t won from 2000 to 2009. Mikael D’Haguenet broke this run with a win in 2009.