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Latest 2020 Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle Betting
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.
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Day 2 – Wed 11th March 2020 – 1.30pm – Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle – Class 1 – 2m5f
The second day of the Cheltenham Festival will be open by the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle, which is also known as the ‘Neptune’. The race is run over an intermediate trip of 2 miles and 5 furlongs, and in this race, we normally have future stars who make an appearance. Champion Hurdle winners like Istabrag, Faugheen and Hardy Eustace all did well in this race.
Our bet: Envoi Allen
The Irish have done always well here and have won four of the last five renewals. They will be represented by Envoi Allen who is running for trainer Gordon Elliott. Many believe that this six years old was ready for the Champion Hurdle, but connections are fine to go step by step and stick with the novice route this season.
Envoi Allen, which is unbeaten in eight races, has competed in a point, four bumpers and three hurdles. Last year he won the Champion Bumper and started his season with a comfortable win at Down Royal, where he defeated Front View by 6 1/2 lengths. He moved up in grade the next time and won against stablemate Abacadabras.
He then completed his hat-trick over hurdles in a very comfortable manner. He defeated Elixir D’ainay by 3 1/2 lengths, and with that success, he moved up to 152. With this form, he will be too strong to stop and, unless some big surprises will happen, Envoi Allen should secure another Cheltenham Festival success.
Our Verdict: Envoi Allen
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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.