13:50 Cheltenham

Friday 23 October 2020

All13:5014:2515:0015:3516:1016:4517:15

Ballymore Novices' Hurdle (GBB Race)

Class 2  |   2m 5f  |   Good  |   6 Runners  |   Turf
Off time: 13:50  |   Winning time: 5m 8.33s
Weighed In
1
Age: 7|  Weight: 11-6  |  J: B S Hughes |  T: D McCain Jnr|  OR: 135
8/1

Promising sort who landed a couple of Cartmel novices by wide margins before shaping best under a double penalty in a better race at Bangor (19.6f). May well do better if the errors can be ironed out.

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Timeform
2
Age: 6|  Weight: 11-3  |  J: H Cobden |  T: P F Nicholls|  DWS
2/1

Useful bumper winner who confirmed the promise of his hurdling debut when routing a thin field by 23 lengths at Wincanton (21.4f) in February. Open to further progress (had wind op ahead of return).

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Timeform
3
Age: 5|  Weight: 11-3  |  J: David Bass |  T: K C Bailey|  OR: 132|  D
9/1

Point winner who didn't need to surpass last season's efforts (solid form) to open his account in 7-runner Ludlow novice (21.2f) 16 days ago, well on top finish. Remains open to improvement.

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Timeform
5
Age: 5|  Weight: 11-3  |  J: Harry Skelton |  T: D Skelton
2/1

Placed in a couple of bumpers last season and benefited from the step up in trip when making a successful hurdling bow at Uttoxeter (19.9f) on return. Will stay beyond 2½m and is open to improvement.

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Timeform
6
Age: 6|  Weight: 11-3  |  J: Sam Twiston-Davies |  T: N A Twiston-Davies|  OR: 132
5/1

Much improved over fences last summer, winning 3 on the bounce at Stratford. Opened his account in this sphere when making all at Uttoxeter (19.9f) last month and is likely capable of better again.

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Timeform
7
Age: 7|  Weight: 10-12  |  J: S Bowen |  T: S Curran|  OR: 140|  D
25/1

Non-Runners

4
Global Fame220
Weight: 11-3|  Age: 6
T: F O'Brien  J: P J Brennan

Betting

Forecast

Midnight River (2/1), Ask For Glory (2/1), Global Fame (4/1), Topofthecotswolds (5/1), Finisk River (8/1), Does He Know (9/1), Domaine De L'Isle (25/1)

Verdict

An interesting race and MIDNIGHT RIVER may be the way to go having beaten a subsequent winner a shade cosily in a reasonable time at Uttoxeter earlier this month. He promises to be well suited by this longer trip. Ask For Glory routed a thin field at Wincanton when last seen and is a leading contender now upped in grade, though Topofthecotswolds shouldn't be taken lightly either.

  1. MIDNIGHT RIVER
  2. ASK FOR GLORY (IRE)
  3. TOPOFTHECOTSWOLDS (IRE)

Previous Winners

2019
Champagne Well
Weight: 10-12  |Age: 6
Weight: 10-12  |  
Age: 6  |  
J: P J Brennan
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T: F O'Brien
13/8

Prize Money

1st: £10,010.002nd: £2,957.003rd: £1,478.004th: £739.005th: £370.006th: £186.00

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