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The Ballymore Novices Hurdle Race

March is a much anticipated month in the world of horseracing and in particular the calendars of National Hunt racing and Cheltenham Racecourse. At just around the mid-point of the month, we see the arrival of The Cheltenham Festival – usually sharing a date with St. Patrick’s Day.

The Festival is a four-day horseracing meeting featuring some of the most prestigious races and awards in the sport, including The Champion Hurdle, The Stayers’ Hurdle, The Queen Mother Champion Chase, and last but not least, The Cheltenham Gold Cup.

Second in prize-money to only the Grand National, The Cheltenham Festival welcomes around 250,000 spectators to Cheltenham Racecourse every year, where tens of millions of pounds are bet and hundreds of thousands of pints of Guinness are consumed.

With The Festival often sharing a day with St. Patrick, many Irish visitors descend on Cheltenham for the occasion, too, hence the vast quantities of Guinness flowing through the world-class venue and the Irish affiliated sponsorships.

Day Two of The Cheltenham Festival is also known as Ladies Day, where many fancy hats can be seen as the horses set off in the first race of the day, The Ballymore Novices Hurdle Race.

About the Race

The Ballymore Novices Hurdle Race is a Grade 1 National Hunt hurdle race open to novice horses aged 4 and above. It is run on the ‘old course’ of Cheltenham, covering a distance of 2 miles and 5 furlongs including a total of 10 hurdles to jump.

The Baring Bingham Novices’ Hurdle, sponsored by The Ballymore group, was established in 1971 and takes place every year on the second day of The Cheltenham Festival. Baring Bingham was the developer who purchased Prestbury Park in 1898 and organised the first-ever Cheltenham Festival.

The leading jockey in The Ballymore Novices Hurdle Race is Ruby Walsh, who won with FiveFourThree in 2008, Mikael d’Haguenet in 2009, Faugheen in 2014 and Yorkhill in 2016.

The Ballymore Novices Hurdle Race will be the first race of Ladies Day at The Cheltenham Festival 2021, beginning at 13:30.


The top 10 predicted runners and their ante-post odds for The Ballymore Novices Hurdle Race at The Cheltenham Festival 2021 are the following:

  1. Bravemansgame (FR) – 4/1 ante-post joint-favourite – 6 years old – weighing in at 11-7 (29/12/20) – trained by Paul Nicholls
  2. Appreciate It (IRE) – 4/1 ante-post joint-favourite – 7 years old – weighing in at 11-12 (27/12/20) – trained by Willie Mullins
  3. Bob Olinger (IRE) – 9/2 ante-post odds – 6 years old – weighing in at 11-12 (13/01/21) – trained by Henry De Bromhead
  4. Gaillard Du Mesnil (FR) – 13/2 ante-post odds – will be 6 years old – weighing in at 11-9 (28/12/20) – trained by Willie Mullins
  5. Metier (IRE) – 10/1 ante-post odds – will be 6 years old – weighing in at 11-7 (02/01/21) – trained by Harry Fry
  6. Ballyadam (IRE) – 12/1 ante-post odds – 6 years old – weighing in at 11-12 (27/12/20) – trained by Gordon Elliott
  7. Bear Ghylls (IRE) – 12/1 ante-post odds – 6 years old – weighing in at 11-10 (10/01/21) – trained by Nicky Martin
  8. Dreal Deal (IRE) – 12/1 ante-post odds – 6 years old – weighing in at 11-4 (17/01/21) – trained by owner Ronan McNally
  9. Ashdale Bob (IRE) – 14/1 ante-post odds – 6 years old – weighing in at 11-12 (13/01/21) – trained by Mrs John Harrington
  10. Boothill (IRE) – 14/1 ante-post odds – 6 years old – weighing in at 10-12 (10/12/20) – trained by Harry Fry


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Odds for The Cheltenham Festival are always generous. Not only the starting prices but the enhanced odds promotions run by the bookies, too.

If you’d placed an outright bet on 14/1 Willoughby Court to win The Ballymore Novices Hurdle Race in 2017, you’d have bagged yourself £140 in profits.

The favourites are never far off, but you never know what can happen in these intense hurdle races, so placing some bets on some big priced outsiders can always be a lucrative decision.

Previous Winners

Here are the previous 4 winners of The Ballymore Novices Hurdle Race, including their odds, closest competitors and race stats:


The winner of The Ballymore Novices Hurdle Race last year was strong 4/7 favourite Envoi Allen, ridden by jockey Davy Russell and trained by Gordon Elliott.

12/1 Easywork finished in second place, followed by 9/1 TheBigGetaway in third, and 8/1 The Big Breakaway filling up the fourth placement.


8/1 outsider City Island won The Ballymore Novices Hurdle Race in 2019, ridden by jockey Mark Walsh and trained by Martin Brassil.

3/1 race favourite Battleoverdoyen was one of 4 horses to pull up in this race, making way for 9/2 Champ to take second and 25/1 Bright Forecast to finish third.


Samcro was the 8/11 favourite for The Ballymore Novices Hurdle Race in 2018 and he won comfortably, ridden by jockey Jack Kennedy and trained by Gordon Elliott.

Only one of the 14 runners didn’t make it to the finish line and it was 200/1 outsider Ahead Of The Curve ridden by James Corbett who pulled up after a mistake at the 4th hurdle.


Back in 2017, it was 14/1 outsider Willoughby Court that won The Ballymore Novices Hurdle Race, ridden by jockey David Bass and trained by Ben Pauling.

2/1 race favourite Neon Wolf finished in second place by just a head, well ahead of the chasers 8/1 Messire Des Obeaux in third and 50/1 Burbank in fourth.

Cheltenham Races TEst

With the Cheltenham Festival just around the corner, it’s time to get back into the spirit of this grand occasion, and for that, you’ve come to the right place.

With the offset commencing on Tuesday 16th March featuring The Unibet Champion Hurdle, you could be right there experiencing it all up until the final few races trickle through following The Cheltenham Gold Cup on Friday 19th March.

Cheltenham Racecourse hosts the most anticipated event of the racing calendar where punters and racing enthusiasts can experience this exciting event from a number of perspectives, whatever the weather.

Four days of extraordinary racing offers a prize pool of over £4.5 million to the hopeful participants, with passion and emotion tantalising the senses of all in attendance.

Kissing the beautiful Cotswold countryside, Cheltenham Racecourse was voted the greatest racecourse in the world by The Racing Post in 2019. Each of the three magnificent Cheltenham Racecourse enclosures gives you a stunning view of the alluring surroundings.

The Cheltenham Festival offers world-class hospitality available to suit a wide range of budgets, so, if you wish, you could step up the quality of your experience to ensure you make the absolute best of this fascinating horseracing occasion.

Besides the racing, you can visit the shopping village featuring approximately 70 bespoke, carefully selected vendors for a mixture of essentials and luxuries. You can also indulge yourself at the bars and listen to live music all throughout the Cheltenham racing calendar.

Betting Tips

If you’re looking for the most diligently researched professional betting tips for the Cheltenham Festival 2021 races, our team of competent, experienced tipsters will provide all the fruitful information you need to make the most lucrative betting decisions possible.

The in-depth information we offer on favourites, horses to look out for, trainers, jockeys and more can mean it won’t just be the horses, trainers and jockeys getting Cheltenham results.


Whether you have attended this enthralling event before and you’re looking for your annual fix, or you’ve been intrigued by the captivating aura that surrounds these races inducing the desire to make your Festival debut, you can find all the information you need on Cheltenham tickets right here.

Standard entry tickets are very affordable and there is a range of package options to suit your exact needs, so whatever your budget, The Cheltenham Festival 2021 will be the place to be this March.

Festival Guide

Any information you’re looking for on the festival including dates for the diary, the racecourse, the horse trainers, the jockeys, festival history, where to eat, where to stay and how to get there can be found right here at

Race Calendar

The Cheltenham Festival 2021 features a variety of 28 breathtaking races, with 7 per day over the course of the four-day festival. Our race calendar makes it very easy to keep track of exactly what is going on and when.

The highlight of day one will be the Unibet Champion Hurdle with a prize pool of £450,000. Day two sees the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase take place where records continue to be broken.

Day three presents The Ryanair Chase and The Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle race, both in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. Then Finally, Friday hosts the grand finale in the form of The Cheltenham Gold Cup.

The full Cheltenham race schedule is available right here, from the Tuesday 10:30 gate opening to the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle final race at 5:30 pm on Friday.


The beauty of the Cheltenham races is the sheer quantity of options when it comes to how you want to experience it.

If you head down to The Festival simply to view the races and absorb the exciting atmosphere you don’t need to break the bank. If you’ve set a higher budget for this pulsating occasion, you can get plenty for the money you want to spend.

You can choose from any of the 11 onsite restaurants for your evening meal, with a variety of restaurant types from The Horse & Groom Pub to the Champions Walk restaurant, you can choose the atmosphere that’s served alongside your meal.

Those with a higher budget and more cash to splash will be delighted by the range of luxury experience options, including viewing boxes with private bars, Room With a View packages complete with Bentley and helicopter transfers, and the luxurious Orchard Pods suitable for up to 20 guests with a private balcony.

Free bets

Free bets are a fantastic opportunity to step up the thrill of the races with a chance to recoup some of your festival expenditures, increase your spending money, or even strike it lucky and walk away from your exhilarating day with a smug smile.

Free bets work just like real bets except there is no risk involved. You can place a stake on your favourite horse and if it wins, so do you. Real cash.

The Cheltenham Festival is amongst the busiest periods of the year for bookmakers and betting sites, so they always come up with some incredibly tempting sign-up offers and free bets to lure you in. The high competition between the bookies is good news for you, as they compete to offer the most generous free bet deals.

We scour the web for all the best betting deals – including free bets – and provide you with a one-stop-shop to accumulate your free bet funds, meaning less time searching and more time sitting and sipping.


It’s thanks to the high competition between bookmakers that you can get such fantastic prices on the horses. Odds are competitive, so very high profits are possible.

We’ll make sure you have access to all the best odds from all the best betting sites, so you can experience how profitable the Cheltenham races can truly be.

Track all the odds as the Festival approaches ever closer so you know exactly who to look out for and back when the big week finally arrives.