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Cheltenham 13:20 Result

Ballymore Novices' Hurdle (Grade 1) (Registered As The Baring Bingham) (GBB Race)

  • 4yo+, 7 Runners
  • jumps, Turf
  • Winner £52,753, 2nd £19,875, 3rd £9,947, 4th £4,969, 5th £2,494, 6th £1,247, 7th £619, 8th £319
  • Distance 2m 5f 0y
  • Going GOOD TO SOFT (6.5)
  • Off Time 13:20
  • Winning Time 05:05
  • Race Status: WeighedIn
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  • Bob Olinger silk
    Bob Olinger
    • Rachael Blackmore
    • Henry De Bromhead
    • 6 years, 11-7
    4 Tips
    4 Naps
    6/4 F

    took keen hold, in touch with leaders, steady headway and chased leader 3rd, not fluent and lost second 4 out, led and cruising 2 out, shaken up and went clear approaching last, ridden and went further clear when edged right final 110yds, readily


    • Daily Post
    • The Irish Sun
    • The Leader
    • myracing.com

    Tipped by:

    • Chris Wilson - SPOTLIGHT
    • Marlborough - Telegraph
    • The Irish Sun
  • Gaillard Du Mesnil silk
    7 ½
    Gaillard Du Mesnil
    • Paul Townend
    • W P Mullins
    • 5 years, 11-7
    4 Tips

    took keen hold, tracked leaders on inner, going easily 2 out, soon pushed along, ridden when pecked on landing last, soon went second, kept on final 110yds, no match for winner

    Tipped by:

    • Robin Goodfellow - Daily Mail
    • Garry Owen - Daily Record
    • Templegate - The Sun
  • Bravemansgame silk
    4 ½
    • Harry Cobden
    • Paul Nicholls
    • 6 years, 11-7
    5 Tips
    2 Naps

    pressed leader, led after 2nd, headed and pushed along 2 out, soon rallied and every chance, lost ground approaching last, ridden and lost second run-in, weakened inside final 110yds


    • RP Ratings - Racing Post
    • - The Guardian

    Tipped by:

    • Newsboy - Daily Mirror
    • Steve Mason - RP Ratings
    • The Guardian
    • Rob Wright - The Times
    • James Stevens - WEST COUNTRY
  • Bear Ghylls silk
    Bear Ghylls
    • Matt Griffiths
    • Nicky Martin
    • 6 years, 11-7
    2 Tips
    1 Nap

    took keen hold, raced wide, chased leaders, lost ground when not fluent 3rd, rallied and close up before 5th, went second 4 out, not fluent and lost second 3 out, close up when hit 2 out, soon ridden and outpaced, kept on run-in, not reach leaders


    • The Scout - Daily Express

    Tipped by:

    • The Scout - Daily Express
    • Jason Heavey - The Star
  • Does He Know silk
    7 ½
    Does He Know
    • David Bass
    • Kim Bailey
    • 6 years, 11-7
    Tip button hidden

    taken down early, didn't jump with fluency, raced in last, pushed along and struggling before 3 out, some headway before last, made no impression

  • Keskonrisk silk
    1 ½
    • Donagh Meyler
    • Joseph Patrick O'Brien
    • 6 years, 11-7
    Tip button hidden

    didn't jump with fluency, took keen hold, in touch with leaders, not fluent and pushed along 3 out, outpaced when hit 2 out, ridden and weakened on turn before last

  • Optimise Prime silk
    Optimise Prime
    • Daryl Jacob
    • Ben Pauling
    • 5 years, 11-7
    Tip button hidden

    raced wide, led, headed but chased leader after 2nd, lost second 3rd, lost position after 4th, soon towards rear, not fluent and pushed along 4 out, ridden and struggling from 3 out, tailed off


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Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle Tips

Tanya Stevenson is siding with the Willie Mullins runner against some exciting youngsters.

Wed 13:20 - Ballymore Novices Hurdle
Gaillard Du Mesnil silk

Gaillard Du Mesnil

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What is the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle?

The Baring Bingham Novices’ Hurdle (currently known as the Ballymore for sponsorship reasons) is the opening race on day two of the Cheltenham Festival, Ladies Day, which is traditionally held on a Wednesday in March. A Grade 1 novice hurdle, the Baring Bingham is run over two miles and five furlongs and is currently sponsored by Ballymore Properties - which is in its second association with the race. 

The history of the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle

The Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle was established in 1971, initially as the Aldsworth Hurdle, before the title was changed to honour Baring Bingham, who organised the first Cheltenham Festival in 1902. The winner of the race regularly follows up at future Cheltenham Festivals, with the most prolific alumnus perhaps being Istabraq, who won the Baring Bingham in 1997, before going on to win three successive renewals of the Champion Hurdle in 1998, 1999 and 2000. The most recent winner of the Baring Bingham to win another race at a subsequent festival is Yorkhill, who won this race in 2016 before winning the JLT Novices’ Chase the following year.  

What happened in the 2021 Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle?

Henry de Bromhead and Rachael Blackmore teamed up for more Cheltenham Festival glory with Bob Olinger, who was a runaway winner of the Ballymore Novices' Hurdle, as the 6/4 favourite pulled well clear of the second placed Gaillard Du Mesnil, with Bravemansgame finishing third.

Who is the most iconic winner of the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle?

The roll of honour for the Baring Bingham Novices’ Hurdle contains some illustrious names, including that of the 2002 winner Galileo (not that one!), though one name that stands out in particular is the 2014 winner of the race, Faugheen. Carrying the familiar Rich Ricci colours, it didn’t take Faugheen long to make a lasting impression on the sport, and having made a winning debut in a bumper in May 2013, he racked off three facile successes over hurdles the following season, which led to him being sent off as a strong 6/4 favourite for the 2014 Baring Bingham Novices’ Hurdle. Faugheen won in commanding fashion, and he would continue doing so, winning the 2015 Champion Hurdle on his way to recording ten straight victories, and earning himself the nickname “Faugheen The Machine”. Nichols Canyon would end his unbeaten run in November 2015, and although he quickly bounced back with back-to-back Grade 1 wins, he would be ruled out of the 2016 festival through injury. His highly-publicised injury issues would deliver a considerable chink into his armour, and Faugheen was arguably never the same again, finishing only sixth in the 2018 Champion Hurdle. However, he had one final trick up his sleeve, and recorded his final victory in the Champion Stayers’ Hurdle at the 2018 Punchestown Festival a month later, making all to score by 13 lengths. A noble third in the Cheltenham equivalent followed at the 2019 festival, before Faugheen bowed out in the Aintree Hurdle a month later, when reportedly suffering a heart problem. 

Are there any trials for the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle?

There are several notable trial races for the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle, with the most important of those being the Challow Novices’ Hurdle at Newbury, the Tolworth Hurdle at Sandown, and the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham on Festival Trials Day. There are two more Ballymore-sponsored races to note at Cheltenham prior to that (in November and on New Year’s Day), whilst it is also worth keeping an eye on the Persian War Novices’ Hurdle (Chepstow), the Winter Novices’ Hurdle (Sandown), the Heroes Introductory Hurdle (Newbury), and the Leamington Novices’ Hurdle (Warwick). Over in Ireland, races to note are the Monksfield Novice Hurdle and the Navan Novice Hurdle at Navan, and the Deloitte Novice Hurdle at Leopardstown. 

Who is the most successful jockey in the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle?

The joint-most successful jockey in the history of the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle is Ruby Walsh, who has ridden four winners of the race, courtesy of Fiveforthree (2008), Mikael d’Haguenet (2009), Faugheen (2014) and Yorkhill (2016).

Who is the most successful trainer in the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle?

The most successful trainer in the history of the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle is Willie Mullins, who has trained the winner of the race on four occasions. Like Ruby Walsh, Mullins’ four winners in the Baring Bingham came with Fiveforthree (2008), Mikael d’Haguenet (2009), Faugheen (2014) and Yorkhill (2016).

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