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2021 Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle Tips – Three Horses To Follow

By Jon Vine
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10 Oct 2020
  • We take a look through the betting for the 2021 Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle
  • The Ballymore opens the card on day two of the Cheltenham Festival
  • We’ve picked out three horses to follow who could turn be challenging for the Ballymore in 2021
  • We’ve also highlight an interesting horse who doesn’t currently feature in the betting, but is definitely worth adding to your tracker
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Envoi Allen leaps a hurdle during his Ballymore win in 2020. (Getty)
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Day two of the Cheltenham Festival opens with an almighty bang, as many of the sport’s top prospects lock horns in the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle. Envoi Allen wowed the crowds on Ladies’ Day at Cheltenham 12 months ago, cruising to a superb victory in the Ballymore, and viewers can expect another enthralling renewal of this Grade One in 2021.

We’ve taken a look through the current betting for the Ballymore, picking out three horses to follow with this race in mind, and one who’s yet to be priced up.

2021 Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle Odds

Best Odds
Ferny Hollow14/1
Appreciate It14/1
Bob Olinger25/1
Fly Smart25/1
Forged In Fire25/1

2021 Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle Tips – Horses To Follow

Bob Olinger

One of the most outstanding bumper performances of last season came just days before the Cheltenham Festival at Gowran Park. All eyes were on Gordon Elliott’s Coqolino, who was backed into odds-on before the off. The favourite was, however completely outclassed by Bob Olinger, who barely broke a sweat in powering to a tremendous ten-length victory.

Henry De Bromhead’s charge produced a similar performance on his only start between the flags, cruising to an effortless 15-length triumph. I expect Bob Olinger to take to jumping like a duck to water and, at this stage, he’d be my number one selection for the 2021 Ballymore Novices' Hurdle. I can’t wait to see how he gets on this season.


Gordon Elliott usually targets this Grade One with his top novice hurdler, and I think Ballyadam could turn into Elliott’s Ballymore horse this season. Elliott and owners, Cheveley Park Stud moved quickly to purchase Ballyadam for a sizeable fee after he made a winning point-to-point debut. Things didn’t go quite to plan on his first start under rules, though, as the odds-on favourite could only finish third behind Julies Stowaway, who went on to run in the Champion Bumper.

Ballyadam was similarly well-backed on his final start of the season. Jamie Codd’s mount made no mistakes second time around, bolting up over 17-and-a-half furlongs at Down Patrick. Elliott’s charge jumped beautifully when winning between the flags, and two-and-a-half miles could turn out to be his best trip.

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Envoi Allen heading a 1-2-3 for the Irish horses in the 2020 Ballymore. (Getty)

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Not one to be outdone by his Irish counterparts, Willie Mullins is sure to play a strong hand in the 2021 Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle. The top two from last year’s Champion Bumper, Ferny Hollow and Appreciate It heads the ante-post betting. I, however, am more inclined to take a bite out of Deploy The Getaway at a bigger price.

Harold Kirk splashed out £200k to buy Deploy The Getaway at the Cheltenham sales in 2019. Mullins decided against a bumper campaign last season. He’ll be sent straight over obstacles this season and, judging by the way he won his point-to-point, I’m confident he will progress quickly up to Grade One level over the coming weeks and months.

2021 Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle Tips – No Odds

Killer Kane

The most expensive purchase at the Cheltenham Sale in March was Killer Kane, who was bought for 300k by Colin Tizzard and his connections. Tizzard has enjoyed plenty of success with Oscar’s progeny down the years, most notably the dual-Grade One winner Finian’s Oscar. Killer Kane is also a half brother to Go Native, who won the 2009 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, before collecting the Fighting Fifth and Christmas Hurdles the following season.

Buyer, Ross Doyle also recommended Lostintranslation to the Tizzards, so I wasn’t surprised to see the team splash out such a sum on a young horse. Killer Kane won a really competitive point-to-point with a little in-hand at Ballycahane. I expect he will progress into a high-class novice hurdler in 2020/21 and could be a popular Cheltenham Festival day two tip.


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