When is the 2022 Ballymore Novices' Hurdle?
- We bring you the dates and vital information about the 2022 Ballymore Novices' Hurdle
- The Ballymore takes place at Cheltenham on Wednesday 16th March in 2022
Jockey Rachael Blackmore rides Bob Olinger to victory in the Ballymore Novices' Hurdle. (Getty)
When is the 2022 Ballymore Novices' Hurdle?
The 2022 Ballymore Novices' Hurdle will take place on day two of the Cheltenham Festival on Wednesday 16th March. The Ballymore Novices' Hurdle will be run at 1:20pm.
Who won the last Ballymore?
Bob Olinger lived up to his tag of favouritism by claiming a superb victory in the 2021 Ballymore Novices' Hurdle.
What is the Ballymore?
The Ballymore Novices' Hurdle is the opening race on day two of the Cheltenham Festival. The Ballymore is a Grade One and is run over a distance of two miles and five furlongs.
Where is the Ballymore Novices' Hurdle run?
The Ballymore Novices' Hurdle is always run at Cheltenham racecourse during their popular Cheltenham Festival, held during the middle week of March every year.
Which horses will run in the Ballymore?
Sir Gerhard beat Kilcruit in the Champion Bumper in 2021, and both currently sit near the top of the 2022 Ballymore betting. The Ballymore is a hot-contested affair, attracting the best novice hurdles from across Britain and Ireland.
Where can I watch the 2022 Ballymore?
The 2022 Ballymore Novices' Hurdle will be shown live on ITV and RacingTV. If you plan on watching the racing via your mobile or tablet, then bookmakers such as bet365 will allow you to stream the race live.
Ballymore Novices' Hurdle Live Streaming
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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.