Ballymore Novices Hurdle

The Ballymore Novices Hurdle is a Grade 1  hurdle race which can be entered by horses aged four or older. The race is run on the Old Course and runners have 10 hurdles to negotiate. Only novice hurdlers can enter the race and it is always the first race on the second day.

1.30 Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle  (ITV/RTV)

Type: Grade 1 Hurdle Race

Distance: 2m 5f 

Age: 4 year olds +

Weight: 10st 13lb (4yo)  11st 7lb (5yo+)

Allowances: 7lb for fillies and mares

Prize Fund: £125,000

2010-2019 Quick Read Stats

Wednesday 11 March

Cheltenham (Old Course) 1.30: Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1) (4yo+) 2m5f (ITV)


  • Willie Mullins has trained the winner of the race twice and had six placed runners
  • In total, the race has gone to Irish trainers six times in the last 10 years


  • 6yo winners: 8
  • 5yo: 2

Official Rating

  • Nine winners were rated 146 or higher


  • Three favourites have won the race in the past 10 years
  • Of the non-favourite winners, only one returned a double-digit SP – 14/1
  • All but one favourite was placed

Form Pointers

  • All winners had won over 2m3f or more
  • Nine winners had a 50% or better strike-rate over hurdles going into the race
  • Eight winners won their preceding race, the other two were second
  • Seven winners had won a graded race
  • Six winners had won two or more of their preceding races
  • Five winners were having their fifth race of the season
  • Only one winner had previously raced at Cheltenham (it was the winner)

Racing Hub Verdict

1 Envoi Allen, 2 Sporting John, 3 The Big Breakaway