Ballymore Novices' Hurdle Odds
Day 2 - Wed 14th March 2018 - 1.30pm - Ballymore Novices' Hurdle - Class 1 - 2m5f
The Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle is a race run over 2 miles and 5 furlongs for novice staying hurdlers aged 4 years or more and will be run on the second day of the annual Cheltenham Festival. The 2017 winner was Willougby Court, who held off the bookmakers' favourite Neon Wolf in a thrilling finish.
Latest 2018 Ballymore Novices' Hurdle Betting
2017 Neptune Novices' Hurdle Result
|1st||Willoughby Court 14/1||6||D Bass||B Pauling|
|2nd||Neon Wolf 2/1||6||N Fehily||H Fry|
|3rd||Messire Des Obeaux 8/1||5||D Jacob||A King|
Neptune Novices' Hurdle Background
The Neptune Novices' Hurdle is the second race on the second day of the festival and has produced some impressive winners in recent times. The likes of Mikael D'Haguenet and Peddlers Cross have won in the past and been leading contenders in the World Hurdle in following festivals.
The race was formerly known as the Ballymore Novices Hurdle and then the Royal & Sun Alliance, and involves a distance of 2 mile 5 furlong with ten hurdles to be jumped. It is open to novice hurdlers aged four and over, and went through a spell from 2000 to 2009 of no ante-post favourite claiming victory before Mikael D'Haguenet justified ante-post favouritism in 2009.
There are plenty of modern day trainers who have claimed two wins in the race in the past, including Nigel Twiston-Davies, Willie Mullins and Aidan O'Brien, and one of them could well further that tally this year.