13:30 Cheltenham

Wednesday 11 March 2020

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Ballymore Novices' Hurdle (Grade 1)

Class 1  |   2m 5f  |   Soft  |   12 Runners  |   Turf
Off time: 13:31  |   Winning time: 5m 18.73s
Weighed In
1st
3
4/7f
T: G ElliottJ: D N Russell
Tracked leaders, shaken up to chase front pair on outside after 2 out, stayed on to lead last, edged left and asserted clear flat, ridden out op 4/6 tchd 8/11
2nd
4 ¼
2
12/1
T: G ElliottJ: Rachael Blackmore
Raced keenly, in touch, tracked leader before 4th, ridden and every chance when switched inside before last, kept on same pace, no match for winner flat
3rd
3 ¾
12
9/1
T: W P MullinsJ: P Townend
Tracked leader, led after 3rd, not fluent 3 out, driven turning in, soon hard pressed, ridden and headed last, kept on same pace, no impression in 3rd flat op 12/1
4th
6 ½
11
8/1
T: C L TizzardJ: R M Power
Mid-division, pushed along after 4 out, went 4th 2 out, soon ridden, kept on same pace, never threatened leaders op 9/1
5th
8 ½
6
33/1
T: N A Twiston-DaviesJ: Sam Twiston-Davies
In touch on outside, outpaced after 2 out, soon ridden, no impression between last 2 op 40/1
6th
4
8
100/1
T: D SkeltonJ: Harry Skelton
Held up in last pair, behind and outpaced when not fluent 2 out, soon ridden, stayed on past beaten rivals after last, never nearer
7th
3 ¼
10
5/1
T: P J HobbsJ: B J Geraghty
Tracked leaders, dropped to mid-division 4th, pushed along after 4 out, never going pace to get on terms with leaders after, weakened before last op 4/1
8th
1
5
14/1
T: M BrassilJ: M P Walsh
In touch, ridden after 2 out, outpaced and no impression between last 2 op 16/1
9th
8
1
66/1
T: N C KellyJ: Mr N McParlan
Held up in last pair, driven 3 out, ridden after next, never a threat, weakened after last
10th
17
7
66/1
T: B PaulingJ: D A Jacob
Raced keenly, led to after 3rd, tracked leaders to before 2 out, soon weakened, tailed off

Also Ran

PU
4
100/1
T: C L TizzardJ: H Cobden
Held up towards rear on outside, struggling in rear 4 out, tailed off when pulled up before 2 out
PU
9
50/1
T: N J HendersonJ: Nico de Boinville
Mid-division on inside, pushed along and lost place after 4 out, weakened and eased after next, pulled up before 2 out

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Betting

Forecast

Envoi Allen (4/7), Sporting John (5/1), The Big Breakaway (8/1), The Big Getaway (9/1), Easywork (12/1), Longhouse Poet (14/1), Mossy Fen (33/1), Son Of Camas (50/1), Decor Irlandais (66/1), Shakem Up'arry (66/1), Shan Blue (100/1), Getaway Fred (100/1)

Verdict

Five of the last six winners have been trained in Ireland and that tally may extend with the exiting ENVOI ALLEN. He won a well above average Champion Bumper last March and has become the torch-bearer for that race. Nothing has fazed him over flights so far, but the way he knuckled down to win here last March bodes well if something can engage him. Sporting John has done nothing wrong and looks best-placed to give the favourite something to think about if he can utilise his pace late on. Longhouse Poet should harbour some each-way claims for last year's winning connections while The Big Getaway and The Big Breakaway are possible improvers for highly-respected yards.
  1. Envoi Allen
  2. Sporting John
  3. The Big Getaway

Previous Winners

2019
City Island
Weight: 11-7  |Age: 6
Weight: 11-7  |  
Age: 6  |  
J: M P Walsh
  |  
T: M Brassil
8/1

Prize Money

1st: £70,338.002nd: £26,500.003rd: £13,262.004th: £6,625.005th: £3,325.006th: £1,662.007th: £825.008th: £425.00

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