2021 Ballymore Novices' Hurdle Tips

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.

2021 Ballymore Novices' Hurdle Key Facts

Date Wednesday 17th March, 2021
Time 1:30pm
Course Cheltenham Festival
Status Grade One
Distance 2m 5f
Prize Pool £125k
Age 4YO+

2021 Ballymore Novices' Hurdle Odds

Name
Best Odds
Top Bookie
Ferny Hallow 14/1 William Hill
Appreciate It 14/1 BetVictor
Ballyadam 16/1 William Hill
Bob Olinger 25/1 Unibet
Fly Smart 25/1 bet365
Forged In Fire 25/1 BetVictor
Eskylane 25/1 William Hill
Bar 33/1

2021 Ballymore Novices' Hurdle Tips

The top two from the 2020 Champion Bumper, Ferny Hallow and Appreciate It head the betting for next year's Ballymore. Gordon Elliott's Ballyadam and Henry De Bromhead's Bob Olinger also feature prominently in the current market.

We'll have a range of Ballymore Novices' Hurdle tips live on the site when the new National Hunt season starts.

2020 Ballymore Novices' Hurdle Result

Position
Name
Odds
1st Envoi Allen 4/7f
2nd Easywork 12/1
3rd The Big Getaway 9/1
4th The Big Breakaway 8/1
5th Mossy Fen 33/1

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 Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle 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.

Ballymore Novices' Hurdle Winners

Year
Winner
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 2021 Ballymore Novices' Hurdle will take place at 1:30pm on day two of the Cheltenham Festival on Wednesday 17th 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 2020, odds-on favourite Envoi Allen produced a superb display to win the Ballymore Novices' Hurdle by almost five lengths.

Who's the favourite for the Ballymore?

We currently have joint-favourites for the 2021 Ballymore Novices' Hurdle, and they are Ferny Hallow and Appreciate It.

Where can I watch the Ballymore?

The 2021 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.