Ballymore Novices' Hurdle Tips 2022

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.

2022 Ballymore Novices' Hurdle Key Facts

Date Wednesday 16th March, 2022
Time 1:20pm
Course Cheltenham Festival
Status Grade One
Distance 2m 5f
Prize Pool £125k
Age 4YO+

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2022 Ballymore Novices' Hurdle Odds

No odds are currently available for the 2022 Ballymore Novices' Hurdle.

2022 Ballymore Novices' Hurdle Tips

Our guide to the 2022 Ballymore will be published in the weeks leading up to the Cheltenham Festival.

2021 Ballymore Novices' Hurdle Result

1st Bob Olinger 6/4f
2nd Gaillard Du Mesnil 9/4
3rd Bravemansgame 4/1

Ballymore Novices' Hurdle Day Card

1:20pm Ballymore Novices' Hurdle Grade One 2m 5f
1:55pm RSA Novices' Chase Grade One 3m
2:30pm Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle Grade Three Handicap 2m 5f
3:05pm Queen Mother Champion Chase Grade One 2m
3:40pm Cross Country Chase Class Two Handicap 3m 6f
4:15pm Grand Annual Handicap Chase Grade Three Handicap 2m
4:50pm 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.

Ballymore Novices' Hurdle Winners

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 2022 Ballymore Novices' Hurdle will take place at 1:20pm on day two of the Cheltenham Festival on Wednesday 16th 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 2021, Bob Olinger flew up the hill under Rachael Blackmore to win the Ballymore.

Who's the favourite for the Ballymore?

No odds are currently available for the 2022 Ballymore.

Where can I watch the Ballymore?

The 2022 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.