Cheltenham Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle Tips & Expert Predictions
Check out our Cheltenham Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle tips and expert predictions from a panel of horse racing experts ahead of Cheltenham 2023.
Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle Tips – Cheltenham 2023
We recently hosted a 2023 Cheltenham Festival Preview Night where we assembled a panel of horse racing experts to preview all the big races at this year’s Cheltenham Festival.
You can watch the video below for all of our horse racing experts’ Cheltenham Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle tips as they previewed the opening race of day two.
You can also check out the full BoyleSports 2023 Cheltenham Festival Preview Night video where our panel of horse racing experts previewed all four days of the Cheltenham Festival!
Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle 2023 Preview
Impaire Et Passe – Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle Favourite 2/1
The five-year-old gelding is currently undefeated in his career. Last time out he won on the 15th of January in Punchestown where he beat a five-horse-field by 6.5 lengths over the 2-mile trip.
The WP Mullins trained horse has won three from three races in his career with a cumulative 30.5 lengths margin-of-victory across three racecourses Nancy, Naas and Punchestown.
Hermes Allen – Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle Second Favourite 11/4
A very impressive six-year-old gelding under the tutelage of trainer Paul Nicholls and owned by the sporting icon that is Sir Alex Ferguson. Allen was last on-track on the 31st of December in Newbury winning over the 2-mile 4 ½ furlong trip against a twelve-horse-field by 4.75 lengths.
That was actually the fourth win on-the-spin by the lightly raced horse with a cumulative margin-of-victory of 42.75 lengths.
The horses only defeat came in its very first outing on-track on the 31st of October 2021 when he came third in Rathcannon over the 3-mile trip in an eight-horse field, 19 lengths back of winner Johnnywho.
Hermes Allen is 11/4 to make it five wins in-a-row.
Gaelic Warrior – 9/2
Last time out this five-year-old gelding made it 3 wins on-the-spin for W-P Mullins and his team. This impressive run started on the 6th of December 2022 where he won by an incredible 86 lengths in Tramore over the 2-mile-trip.
The horse also won on the 17th of January in Clonmel by 15 lengths making its cumulative margin-of-victory in its last 3 races 104¾ lengths!
This gelding last tasted defeat during the 2022 Cheltenham Festival being beaten a short head in the Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle.
Gaelic Warrior is a 9/2 chance to make it four wins on-the-spin.
Good Land – 5/1
The owned and trained seven-year-old of Barry Connell is another lightly raced sort with only five career starts which includes three wins and one second.
Currently on a two-race hot-streak having won in Leopardstown first on the 29th of December over a 2-mile 4 furlong trip by 8 lengths and then again on the 4th of February over the slightly longer 2-mile 6 furlong trip with a cumulative margin-of-victory of 9.5 lengths.
Good Land is currently 5/1 to make it three wins in-a-row for Barry Connell and team.
Facile Vega – 6/1
Last time out this six-year-old WP Mullins trained gelding had its first career defeat coming 5th out of 6 horses on the 5th of February. He finished the race 20 lengths back from eventual winner Il Etait Temps.
Prior to this defeat the horse had been in imperious form winning its first six races by an accumulative 41 lengths starting back on the 26th December 2021 in Leopardstown through to a victory on the 27th of December 2022 on the same track. This gelding also has Cheltenham pedigree having won the Champion Bumper during the 2022 Festival.
Was this WP Mullins prospect’s latest defeat a sign of a chink in his armour or will he return to his imperious best for Cheltenham? Facile Vega is currently a 6/1 shot to do so.
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