14:00 Cheltenham

Friday 25 October 2019

All14:0014:3515:1015:4516:2016:5517:30
  • Ballymore Novices' Hurdle
  • Class 2  |   2m 5f  |   Good to Soft (Good in places)  |   8 Runners  |   Turf
  • Weighed In
  • Off time: 14:00  |   Winning time: 5m 29.7s
1st
5
13/8f
T: F O'BrienJ: P J Brennan
Held up in touch on outside, headway into 2nd before 3 out, led narrowly next, came towards stands side rail before last, ridden flat, held on well near finish op 7/4 tchd 6/4
2nd
½
2
5/1
T: G ElliottJ: R Johnson
Tracked leader, pushed along in 3rd after 3 out, rallied last, ridden and stayed on to press winner closing stages, just held op 9/2
3rd
1 ¾
7
11/2
T: C L TizzardJ: R M Power
Held up mid-division, headway before 3 out, soon tracked leaders, ridden and effort before last, kept on same pace, no impression with front pair op 9/2 tchd 4/1
4th
sh
3
2/1
T: C ByrnesJ: D N Russell
Held up mid-division, tracked leaders 4th, driven after 2 out, one pace last, ridden and kept on flat, always held op 11/4
5th
3 ½
4
25/1
T: N P MulhollandJ: T Scudamore
Led, mistake and headed narrowly 2 out, ridden after last, no extra and lost place flat
6th
14
6
410-12
20/1
T: N A Twiston-DaviesJ: Sam Twiston-Davies
Held up in last pair, driven and outpaced before 2 out, never on terms, weakened before last op 16/1
7th
8
1
811-6
50/1
T: Miss Lucinda V RussellJ: Blair Campbell
Tracked leader, lost place before 3 out, soon outpaced and behind, weakened after next op 40/1
8th
42
8
100/1
T: Mrs L J YoungJ: Brendan Powell
Held up in last pair, outpaced 3 out, weakened before next, tailed off

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Betting Breakdown

Tote Win:£2.40Pl:£1.10, £1.50, £1.70EX:£9.50Trifecta:£35.00SF:£10.11Swingers:£1.70, £2.60, £5.10

Forecasts

Champagne Well (13/8), Doctor Duffy (2/1), Braid Blue (5/1), L'Air Du Vent (11/2), Guy (20/1), No Hidden Charges (25/1), Bialco (50/1), Megaudais Speed (100/1)

Verdict

A fascinating opener to the new season at Cheltenham with last seasons novice form well represented by the likes of Champagne Well who was sixth in the Sefton and comes here with a fine chance with a tongue-tie used for the first-time. Both Irish contenders bring something to the party with Doctor Duffy not lacking in fitness having been on the go all summer but looking an improved article of late in headgear while Braid Blue is another of similar ilk. The last 4yo to win this was The New one and his trainer, Nigel Twiston Davies tries to repeat the trick with Guy, but the vote goes to the hugely promising L'AIR DU VENT who impressed at Bangor when winning a bumper.
  1. L'Air Du Vent
  2. Champagne Well
  3. Doctor Duffy

Previous Winners

2018
Canardier
Weight: 11-3  |Age: 6
6/4

Prize Money

1st: £12,512.002nd: £3,696.003rd: £1,848.004th: £924.005th: £462.006th: £232.00
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