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Ballymore Novices Hurdle Tips - Cheltenham 2021

Ballymore Novices Hurdle Tips 2021 – Day 2, 13:20

The Ballymore Hurdle has a wide open look to it and sets a fiendish puzzle for punters in 2021. It is always extremely difficult to compare the formlines between the English and Irish raiders, though traditionally the level is far stronger across the channel over the years. Paul Nicholls has enjoyed a fantastic winter, especially in the big races on a Saturday where he has been more prolific than ever with a cracking team of young horses. His Bravemansgame has thrived on racing as his jumping has sharpened, and he certainly justifies his position at the head of the market (although there are plenty of Mullins and Elliott lurkers who could yet improve past him on the day).

Best betting tips by Stephen Harris – Day 2, 13:20

Bets Horse Odds Bookmaker Ballymore Novices Hurdle Tips
#1 Bravemansgame   betferd.com logo Read Preview here
#2 Bob Olinger betferd.com logo Read Preview here

Odds may differ to current odds. Odds listed as at 17th March 2021


Ballymore Novices Hurdle 2021 Preview

The Grade 1 Ballymore Novice hurdle starts off Day 2 at the Cheltenham Festival with a brilliant clash between some of the best novices in Britain and Ireland. The 2021 renewal has a high class look to it, with Paul Nocholls Bravemansgame at the top of the shortlist since his very impressive Challow Hurdle win at Newbury in Dwcember.

He sparkled in a recent racecourse gallop at Wincanton and comes into this valuable prize carry maximum stable confidence, with stamina proven and drying ground holding no fears at all. The fly in the ointment could be Henry De Bromhead’s Bob Olinger, who has won 2 from 3 over hurdles and took his form to another level when winning a Naas Grade 1 hard on the bridle in January.

Jamie Codd (the crack Irish amateur rider) described him as a “certainty” for this race in a recent preview evening, and there has been sustained cash around for him in the past week or two (now down to a best priced 5/2).


Ballymore Novices Hurdle 2021 Trends

  • 12 of the last 12 winners were 5 or 6 years of age
  • 10 of the last 12 winners won their last race previous to Cheltenham
  • 2 of the last 12 winners had raced at least 1 time previously at Cheltenham
  • 12 of the last 12 winners had raced at least 2 times over hurdles

Ballymore Novices Hurdle Tips 2021

Bravemansgame, Ballymore Novices Hurdle Tip #1

Paul Nicholls chasing type has improved run to run since suffering an expensive defeat on his hurdling debut in October, and marked himself down as potentially top class when impressively landing the Grade 1 Challow Hurdle at Newbury in December.

Tip stakes (out of 5):  1

Tip Horse Odds Bookmaker Bet
#1 Bravemansgame betferd.com logo BET

Odds may differ to current odds. Odds listed as at 17th March 2021


Bob Olinger, Ballymore Novices Hurdle Tip #2

Henry De Bromhead always has a strong team assembled for the Cheltenham Festival, and this progressive performer showed a high cruising speed from the front when landing the odds at Navan in December.

Tip stakes (out of 5):  1

Tip Horse Odds Best Bookmaker Bet Now
#2 Bob Olinger betferd.com logo BET

Odds may differ to current odds. Odds listed as at 17th March 2021



Ballymore Novices Hurdle Winners

Irish trainers have dominated the Grade 1 Ballymore hurdle since 2010, with 7 winners going back across the Channel, and it looks likely to be a similar story in 2021 with the front of the market packed with highly regarded Mullins and Elliott novices. In 2020 a future champion emerged as the top class Envoi Allen stormed clear up the hill, and he is now a progressive chaser who has retained his unbeaten record this winter.

Last 5 Novices Hurdle Winners

Year Horses Jockey Trainer
2020 Envoi Allen D Russell G Elliot
2019 City Island M P Walsh M Brassil
2018 Samcro  J Kennedy G Elliot
2017 Willoughby Court D Bass B Pauling
2016 Yorkhill  R Walsh W Mullins

Ballymore Novices Hurdle 2021 Race Conditions

Race Information
Location Cheltenham Racecourse, Cheltenham England
Race Type Hurdle Race
Distance 2 Miles 5 Furlongs
Age 4 yo+
Weight 10st 12lb (4yo), 11st 7lb (5yo+), 7lb allowance fillies, mares

FAQs about the Ballymore Novices Hurdle race

Who will win the Ballymore Novices Hurdle?

Our racing expert Stephen Harris’ favourite for the Ballymore Novices Hurdle race is Bravemansgame. We invite you to read his preview to understand why Stephen has picked this horse.

What time is the Ballymore Novices Hurdle?

The Ballymore Novices Hurdle race will be the first race of day 2. The race start is scheduled for 13:20.

What day is the Ballymore Novices Hurdle race at Cheltenham festival 2021?

The Ballymore Novices Hurdle race will take place on the second day of the Cheltenham Festival (Day 2 – Ladies Day), Wednesday 17th of March 2021.

Who won the Ballymore Novices Hurdle last year?

The 2020 Ballymore Novices Hurdle was won by Envoi Allen.


Cheltenham Betting Tips 2021, Tuesday 16th March, Day 1 Race Cards & Selections

Time Cheltenham 2021 Tips
1:20 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle Tips
1:55 Sporting Life Arkle Challenge Tips
2:30 Ultima Handicap Steeple Chase Tips
3:05 Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Tips
3:40 Close Brothers Mares’ Hurdle Tips
4:15 Boodles Juvenile Handicap Tips
4:50 National Hunt Challenge Chase Tips

Cheltenham Betting Tips 2021, Wednesday 17th March, Day 2 Race Cards & Selections

Time Cheltenham 2021 Tips
1:20 Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle Tips
1:55 Festival Novices’ Chase Tips
2:30 Coral Cup Hurdle Tips
3:05 Queen Mother Champion Chase Tips
3:40 Glenfarcias Cross Country Chase Tips
4:15 Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Tips
4:50 Weatherbys Champion Bumper Tips

Cheltenham Betting Tips 2021, Thursday 18th March, Day 3 Race Cards & Selections

Time Cheltenham 2021 Tips
1:20 Marsh Novices Chase Tips
1:55 Pertemps Network Final Tips
2:30 Ryanair Chase Tips
3:05 Paddy Power Stayers Hurdle Tips
3:40 Paddy Power Plate Tips
4:15 Daylesford Mares Novices Hurdle Tips
4:50 Kim Muir Challenge Cup Tips

Cheltenham Betting Tips 2021, Friday 19th March, Day 4 Race Cards & Selections

Time Cheltenham 2021 Tips
1:20 JCB Triumph Hurdle Tips
1:55 County Handicap Hurdle Tips
2:30 Albert Bartlett Novice’s Hurdle Tips
3:05 Cheltenham Gold Cup Tips
3:40 Foxhunter Steeple Chase Tips
4:15 Mrs Paddy Power Mares’ Chase Tips
4:50 Martin Pipe Conditional Handicap Hurdle Tips

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