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2023 Ballymore Novices' Hurdle Tips, Odds and News

Day two at the Cheltenham Festival kicks off with the Ballymore Novices' Hurdle. This Grade One is open to novice hurdlers of four and above, and many winners of the Ballymore go onto achieve further success over both hurdles and fences.

2023 Ballymore Novices' Hurdle Key Facts

Date Wednesday 15th March, 2023
Time 1:30pm
Course Cheltenham Festival
Status Grade One
Distance 2m 5f
Prize Pool £125k
Age 4YO+

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2023 Ballymore Novices' Hurdle Odds

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2023 Ballymore Novices' Hurdle Tips

Our guide to the Ballymore will be published in the weeks leading up to the Cheltenham Festival.

2022 Ballymore Novices' Hurdle Result

Position
Name
Odds
1st Sir Gerhard 8/11f
2nd Three Stripe Life 6/1
3rd Whatdewant 18/1

Ballymore Novices' Hurdle Day Card

Time
Title
Status
Distance
1:30pm Ballymore Novices' Hurdle Grade One 2m 5f
2:10pm RSA Novices' Chase Grade One 3m
2:50pm Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle Grade Three Handicap 2m 5f
3:30pm Queen Mother Champion Chase Grade One 2m
4:10pm Cross Country Chase Class Two Handicap 3m 6f
4:50pm Grand Annual Handicap Chase Grade Three Handicap 2m
5:30pm Champion Bumper Grade One 2m

Ballymore Novices' Hurdle History

Registered as the Baring Bingham Novices' Hurdle, this Grade One was introduced to the Cheltenham Festival in 1971. It's run on day two at the Cheltenham Festival, and entrants tackle a testing two-mile-five-furlong trip.

In 2006, Ballymore Properties took over the sponsorship of the race, and it's been known as the Ballymore Novices' Hurdle ever since.

The Ballymore is known for producing top-quality winners, with many going on to secure further success at future Cheltenham Festivals.

Top trainers like Fred Winter, Paddy Mullins and Fred Rimell saddled Ballymore winners in the 1970's and 80s. Oliver Sherwood rode Venture To Cognac to victory in 1979, before training backing to back winners in 1987 and '88.

The great Istabraq won the Ballymore in 1997, before going on to secure a hat-trick of Champion Hurdle winners in the three subsequent seasons.

Two time Champion Hurdle winner, Hardy Eustace won his first Cheltenham Festival race in the 2003 Ballymore. Faugheen also won the Ballymore, the year before his Champion Hurdle success in 2014.

Fan's favourites Simonsig and The New One both won the Ballymore in the mid-2010s. Ben Pauling celebrated his first Festival winner when Willoughby Court won the Ballymore in 2017.

Ruby Walsh and Willie Mullins have formed a potent partnership in the Ballymore in recent season, winning the race four times between 2008 and 2016. Any Cheltenham Festival tips will feature Willie Mullins' name heavily.

Irish rival, Gordon Elliott has won two of the last three runnings. First with Samcro in 2018, who went on to score in the Marsh Novices' Chase at the 2020 Cheltenham Festival.

Elliott saddled his second winner in 2020, as 4/7 favourite Envoi Allen proved he was the rising star of the sport with a peerless display, beating stablemate Easywork by almost five lengths. Bob Olinger rewarded favourite backers the following year too, romping to victory under Rachael Blackmore.

2022 Cheltenham Day 2 Photos

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: The doors open on a wet day on day two of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: The doors open on a wet day on day two of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: The doors open on a wet day on day two of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: The doors open on a wet day on day two of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: The doors open as racegoers make a dash through the entrance on day two of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: The doors open as racegoers make a dash through the entrance on day two of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Heavy rain falls on day two of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Heavy rain falls on day two of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Heavy rain falls on day two of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Heavy rain falls on day two of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Heavy rain falls on day two of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Heavy rain falls on day two of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Heavy rain falls on day two of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Heavy rain falls on day two of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Heavy rain falls on day two of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Heavy rain falls on day two of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Heavy rain falls on day two of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Heavy rain falls on day two of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Spectators brave the heavy rain on day two of the Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Spectators brave the heavy rain on day two of the Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Spectators brave the heavy rain on day two of the Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Spectators brave the heavy rain on day two of the Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Spectators brave the heavy rain on day two of the Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Spectators brave the heavy rain on day two of the Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Paul Townend riding Sir Gerhard (red) clear the last to win The Ballymore Novices' Hurdle on day two of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Paul Townend riding Sir Gerhard (red) clear the last to win The Ballymore Novices' Hurdle on day two of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Paul Townend riding Sir Gerhard (red) clear the last to win The Ballymore Novices' Hurdle on day two of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Paul Townend riding Sir Gerhard (red) clear the last to win The Ballymore Novices' Hurdle on day two of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Paul Townend riding Sir Gerhard (red) clear the last to win The Ballymore Novices' Hurdle on day two of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Paul Townend riding Sir Gerhard (red) clear the last to win The Ballymore Novices' Hurdle on day two of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: A muddy Davy Russell on day two of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: A muddy Davy Russell on day two of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: A muddy Daniel Mullins on day two of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: A muddy Daniel Mullins on day two of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: A very wet day as racegoers watch the first race on day two of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: A very wet day as racegoers watch the first race on day two of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: A very wet day as racegoers watch the first race on day two of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: A very wet day as racegoers watch the first race on day two of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: A very wet day as racegoers watch the first race on day two of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: A very wet day as racegoers watch the first race on day two of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: A very wet day as racegoers watch the first race on day two of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: A very wet day as racegoers watch the first race on day two of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: A muddy Brendan Powell after the Ballymore Novices' Hurdle on day two of the Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: A muddy Brendan Powell after the Ballymore Novices' Hurdle on day two of the Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Paul Townend on 
Sir Gerhard approach the finish line to win the Ballymore Novices' Hurdle race during day two of Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Paul Townend on Sir Gerhard approach the finish line to win the Ballymore Novices' Hurdle race during day two of Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Paul Townend on 
Sir Gerhard approach the finish line to win the Ballymore Novices' Hurdle race during day two of Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Paul Townend on Sir Gerhard approach the finish line to win the Ballymore Novices' Hurdle race during day two of Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Paul Townend on 
Sir Gerhard approach the finish line to win the Ballymore Novices' Hurdle race during day two of Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Paul Townend on Sir Gerhard approach the finish line to win the Ballymore Novices' Hurdle race during day two of Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Paul Townend on 
Sir Gerhard celebrates after winning the Ballymore Novices' Hurdle race during day two of Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Paul Townend on Sir Gerhard celebrates after winning the Ballymore Novices' Hurdle race during day two of Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Paul Townend on 
Sir Gerhard celebrates after winning the Ballymore Novices' Hurdle race during day two of Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Paul Townend on Sir Gerhard celebrates after winning the Ballymore Novices' Hurdle race during day two of Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Paul Townend (R, blue cap) on Sir Gerhard approach the finish line to win the Ballymore Novices' Hurdle race before Davy Russell (L, yellow cap) on Three Stripe Life during day two of Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Paul Townend (R, blue cap) on Sir Gerhard approach the finish line to win the Ballymore Novices' Hurdle race before Davy Russell (L, yellow cap) on Three Stripe Life during day two of Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Charlie Deutsch celebrates as he rides L'Homme Presse to victory in The Brown Advisory Novices' Chase on day two of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Charlie Deutsch celebrates as he rides L'Homme Presse to victory in The Brown Advisory Novices' Chase on day two of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Charlie Deutsch celebrates as he rides L'Homme Presse to victory in The Brown Advisory Novices' Chase on day two of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Charlie Deutsch celebrates as he rides L'Homme Presse to victory in The Brown Advisory Novices' Chase on day two of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Charlie Deutsch celebrates as he rides L'Homme Presse to victory in The Brown Advisory Novices' Chase on day two of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Charlie Deutsch celebrates as he rides L'Homme Presse to victory in The Brown Advisory Novices' Chase on day two of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Charlie Deutsch on L'Homme Presse clear the last to win the Brown Advisory Novices' Chase race during day two of Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Charlie Deutsch on L'Homme Presse clear the last to win the Brown Advisory Novices' Chase race during day two of Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Wet and muddy on day two of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Wet and muddy on day two of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Shane Fitzgerald riding Commander Of Fleet (maroon) clear the last to win The Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle on day two of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Shane Fitzgerald riding Commander Of Fleet (maroon) clear the last to win The Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle on day two of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Wet and muddy on day two of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Wet and muddy on day two of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Shane Fitzgerald riding Commander Of Fleet (maroon) clear the last to win The Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle on day two of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Shane Fitzgerald riding Commander Of Fleet (maroon) clear the last to win The Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle on day two of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Shane Fitzgerald riding Commander Of Fleet (maroon) clear the last to win The Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle on day two of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Shane Fitzgerald riding Commander Of Fleet (maroon) clear the last to win The Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle on day two of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Shane Fitzgerald riding Commander Of Fleet (maroon) clear the last to win The Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle on day two of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Shane Fitzgerald riding Commander Of Fleet (maroon) clear the last to win The Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle on day two of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: A delighted Gordon Elliott after training Commander Of Fleet to win The Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle on day two of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: A delighted Gordon Elliott after training Commander Of Fleet to win The Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle on day two of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: A delighted Gordon Elliott after training Commander Of Fleet to win The Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle on day two of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: A delighted Gordon Elliott after training Commander Of Fleet to win The Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle on day two of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Shane Fitzgerald (white star kit) on Commander Of Fleet approach the finish line before Darragh O'Keeffe (red cap) on Fastorslow to win the Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle race during day two of Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Shane Fitzgerald (white star kit) on Commander Of Fleet approach the finish line before Darragh O'Keeffe (red cap) on Fastorslow to win the Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle race during day two of Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Shane Fitzgerald (white star kit) on Commander Of Fleet approach the finish line before Darragh O'Keeffe (red cap) on Fastorslow to win the Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle race during day two of Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Shane Fitzgerald (white star kit) on Commander Of Fleet approach the finish line before Darragh O'Keeffe (red cap) on Fastorslow to win the Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle race during day two of Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Shane Fitzgerald on Commander Of Fleet looks on after winning the Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle race during day two of Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Shane Fitzgerald on Commander Of Fleet looks on after winning the Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle race during day two of Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Paul Townend riding Energumene clear the last to win The Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase on day two of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Paul Townend riding Energumene clear the last to win The Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase on day two of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Paul Townend riding Energumene clear the last to win The Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase on day two of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Paul Townend riding Energumene clear the last to win The Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase on day two of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Paul Townend riding Energumene clear the last to win The Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase on day two of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Paul Townend riding Energumene clear the last to win The Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase on day two of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Paul Townend riding Energumene clear the last to win The Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase on day two of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Paul Townend riding Energumene clear the last to win The Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase on day two of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Nico de Boinville riding Shishkin return after being pulled up during The Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase on day two of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Nico de Boinville riding Shishkin return after being pulled up during The Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase on day two of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Nico de Boinville riding Shishkin return after being pulled up during The Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase on day two of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Nico de Boinville riding Shishkin return after being pulled up during The Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase on day two of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Nico de Boinville riding Shishkin return after being pulled up during The Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase on day two of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Nico de Boinville riding Shishkin return after being pulled up during The Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase on day two of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Paul Townend on  Energumene celebrates after winning the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase race during day two of Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Paul Townend on Energumene celebrates after winning the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase race during day two of Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Nico de Boinville riding Shishkin return after being pulled up during The Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase on day two of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Nico de Boinville riding Shishkin return after being pulled up during The Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase on day two of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Paul Townend on  Energumene celebrates after winning the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase race during day two of Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Paul Townend on Energumene celebrates after winning the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase race during day two of Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Paul Townend on  Energumene celebrates after winning the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase race during day two of Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Paul Townend on Energumene celebrates after winning the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase race during day two of Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Paul Townend on  Energumene celebrates after winning the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase race during day two of Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Paul Townend on Energumene celebrates after winning the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase race during day two of Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Paul Townend (R, blue and white kit) on Energumene approach the finish line before Charlie Deutsch (L, red and black kit) on Funambule Sivola to win the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase race during day two of Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Paul Townend (R, blue and white kit) on Energumene approach the finish line before Charlie Deutsch (L, red and black kit) on Funambule Sivola to win the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase race during day two of Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Jack Kennedy on 
Delta Work celebrates after winning the Glenfarclas Chase race during day two of Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Jack Kennedy on Delta Work celebrates after winning the Glenfarclas Chase race during day two of Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Jack Kennedy riding Delta Work (L, blue cap) jump the 'Cheese Wedges' on their way to winning The Glenfarclas Chase on day two of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Jack Kennedy riding Delta Work (L, blue cap) jump the 'Cheese Wedges' on their way to winning The Glenfarclas Chase on day two of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Jack Kennedy riding Delta Work (L, blue cap) jump the 'Cheese Wedges' on their way to winning The Glenfarclas Chase on day two of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Jack Kennedy riding Delta Work (L, blue cap) jump the 'Cheese Wedges' on their way to winning The Glenfarclas Chase on day two of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: The Gordon Elliott grooms cheer on Delta work and Tiger Roll in The Glenfarclas Chase on day two of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: The Gordon Elliott grooms cheer on Delta work and Tiger Roll in The Glenfarclas Chase on day two of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Davy Russell riding Tiger Roll (C, purple cap) during The Glenfarclas Chase on day two of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Davy Russell riding Tiger Roll (C, purple cap) during The Glenfarclas Chase on day two of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Davy Russell riding Tiger Roll (C, purple cap) during The Glenfarclas Chase on day two of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Davy Russell riding Tiger Roll (C, purple cap) during The Glenfarclas Chase on day two of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Davy Russell riding Tiger Roll (C, purple cap) during The Glenfarclas Chase on day two of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Davy Russell riding Tiger Roll (C, purple cap) during The Glenfarclas Chase on day two of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Davy Russell riding Tiger Roll (3L, purple cap) during The Glenfarclas Chase on day two of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Davy Russell riding Tiger Roll (3L, purple cap) during The Glenfarclas Chase on day two of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Kielan Woods riding Global Citizen clear the last to win The Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Challenge Cup Handicap Chase on day two of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Kielan Woods riding Global Citizen clear the last to win The Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Challenge Cup Handicap Chase on day two of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Kielan Woods riding Global Citizen clear the last to win The Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Challenge Cup Handicap Chase on day two of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Kielan Woods riding Global Citizen clear the last to win The Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Challenge Cup Handicap Chase on day two of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Patrick Mullins riding Facile Vega win The Weatherbys Champion Bumper on day two of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Patrick Mullins riding Facile Vega win The Weatherbys Champion Bumper on day two of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Patrick Mullins riding Facile Vega win The Weatherbys Champion Bumper on day two of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Patrick Mullins riding Facile Vega win The Weatherbys Champion Bumper on day two of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Mark Walsh on day two of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Mark Walsh on day two of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Jack Kennedy on day two of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Jack Kennedy on day two of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Robbie Power on day two of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Robbie Power on day two of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Simon Torrens on day two of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Simon Torrens on day two of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: A muddy Davy Russell on day two of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: A muddy Davy Russell on day two of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: A muddy Robert James on day two of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: A muddy Robert James on day two of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: A muddy Robbie Power on day two of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: A muddy Robbie Power on day two of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: A muddy day on day two of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: A muddy day on day two of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: (EDITORS NOTE: This a composite image, converted to black and white) A muddy day for jockeys (Mark Walsh (top left), Jack Kennedy (top right), Robbie Power (bottom left) and Simon Torrrens (bottom right) on day two of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: (EDITORS NOTE: This a composite image, converted to black and white) A muddy day for jockeys (Mark Walsh (top left), Jack Kennedy (top right), Robbie Power (bottom left) and Simon Torrrens (bottom right) on day two of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

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Ballymore Novices' Hurdle Winners

Year
Winner
2022 Sir Gerhard
2021 Bob Olinger
2020 Envoi Allen
2019 City Island
2018 Samcro
2017 Willougby Court
2016 Yorkhill
2015 Windsor Park
2014 Faugheen
2013 The New One
2012 Simonsig
2011 First Lieutenant
2010 Peddler's Cross
2009 Mikael d'Haguenet
2008 Fiveforthree
2007 Massini's Maguire
2006 Nicanor
2005 No Refuge
2004 Fundamentalist
2003 Hardy Eustace
2002 Galileo

Ballymore Novices' Hurdle FAQs

When is the Ballymore Novices' Hurdle?

The 2023 Ballymore Novices' Hurdle will take place at 1:30pm on day two of the Cheltenham Festival on Wednesday 15th March.

What is the Ballymore?

The Ballymore Novices' Hurdle is a Grade One race that takes place on day two of the Cheltenham Festival. The Ballymore is open only to novice hurdlers and the trip is 2m 5f.

Who won the Ballymore Novices' Hurdle?

In 2022, Sir Gerhard justified odds-on favouritism to win the Ballymore.

Who's the favourite for the Ballymore?

No odds are currently available for the 2023 Ballymore.

Where can I watch the Ballymore?

The 2023 Ballymore Novices' Hurdle will be shown live on ITV Racing. If you want to stream the race live on your mobile or tablet then visit our Live Streaming page for more details.