Ballymore Novices' Hurdle Tips

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The Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle, which used to race under the name Baring Bingham Novices’ Hurdle, is a Grade 1 feature race on Day 2 of the Cheltenham Festival.

Run over only 10 hurdles despite the race being 2m 5f long, the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle allows the talented thoroughbreds to stretch their legs and it makes for wide-open racing throughout. 

It’s not one of the biggest races during the festival but it’s a great stepping stone to success, with the likes of Faugheen, Simonsig and Hardy Eustace winning during their first seasons over jumps.

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2024 Ballymore Novices' Hurdle Tips

Once the new National Hunt season kicks into top gear, we'll have ante-post tips covering the Ballymore posted on the website. Our final Ballymore Novices' betting tips can be found here.

Ballymore Novices' Hurdle Key Facts

DateWednesday March 13, 2024
Distance2m 5f
StatusGrade 1
Prize Money£125,000

Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle Winners

The big-name trainers have all had previous winners in the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle. These names include Willie Mullins, Gordon Elliott, Nicky Henderson and Nigel Twiston-Davies. 

Not all winners of the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle have gone on to have stellar careers but some have and it makes it a must-see race during the festival. 

Ballymore Novices' Hurdle Winners
2023Impaire Et Passe
2022Sir Gerhard
2021Bob Olinger
2020Envoi Allen
2019City Island
2017Willoughby Court
2015Windsor Park
2013The New One
2011First Lieutenant
2010Peddlers Cross
2009Mikael d’Haguenet
2007Massini's Maguire
2005No Refuge
2003Hardy Eustace
2001no race
1998French Holly

Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle History

Run at a quick pace, the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle has excited crowds since its first running in 1971 and although there are older races during the Cheltenham Festival, the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle is one of the more exciting. 

Since being taken out by Midsprite in 1971, the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle has spawned many champion winners and it’s a good form guide to races like the Champion Hurdle in the following year. Peddlers Cross finished second in the Champion Hurdle the following year and Istabraq was victorious in both in 1997. 

Much like many Cheltenham Festival races, Willie Mullins holds the record for most training wins with four. The Irish trainer scored with Fiveforthree, Mikael d’Haguenet, Faugheen and most recently with Yorkhill in 2016. 

Jockey Ruby Walsh also has four wins and all four wins came on board Mullins-trained thoroughbreds. 

The registered name for the race is the Baring Bingham Novices’ Hurdle, which is named after Baring Bingham, who was a developer of Prestbury Park and who helped organise the first Cheltenham Festival in 1902. 

Top flat-racing trainer Aidan O’Brien scored back-to-back wins in 1996/1997 with Urubande and Istabraq, the latter winning a total of 25 races from 40 starts and scoring three Champion Hurdle wins in 1998, 1999 and 2000.

Only one British horse has managed to win the race in the last seven years. In 2020, Ireland rejoiced once again, as their banker of the week, Envoi Allen powered to a superb victory for Gordon Elliott and Davy Russell.

Ballymore Novices Hurdle FAQs

When is the Ballymore Novices' Hurdle?

The Ballymore Novices Hurdle is the first race on Day Two of the Cheltenham Festival on Wednesday, March 13th. The Novices’ Hurdle is the premier race during the jumps season for novice hurdlers over the trip of 2m 5f.

What time is the Ballymore Novices Hurdle 2024?

The Novices Hurdle is due off at 13:30 GMT on Wednesday, March 13th.

Who will win the 2024 Ballymore Novices' Hurdle?

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