Ballymore Classic Novices' Hurdle
(Registered As The Classic Novices' Hurdle)
Grade 2, Cheltenham 15:00
£32,000 added, 4yo plus,
2m 4f 110y, Class 1  
Saturday 26th January 2019

Trainer Ruth Jefferson is planning to send the unbeaten Buster Valentine for a crack at the £32,000 G2 Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle, one of seven races on Festival Trials Day, Saturday, January 26, at Cheltenham Racecourse.
Buster Valentine
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Buster Valentine
The six-year-old son of Ask won on his one Irish point-to-point start in April and was then sold for £100,000 at Goffs UK, Doncaster, the following month.
Buster Valentine, who races in the colours of the Mount Fawcus Partnership, made a winning debut for Jefferson when the comfortable winner of a two-mile maiden hurdle at Ayr in November.
He followed up on that success last time out when landing a novices’ hurdle over an extended two and a half miles at Newcastle on December 22. He was ridden by Henry Brooke both times.
North Yorkshire-based Jefferson reported today: “Buster Valentine is in good form.
“He has won his first two starts for us very nicely and he took the step up in trip well at Newcastle last time.
“The target now is the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle Trial at Cheltenham on Festival Trials Day.
“We are looking forward to running him there.”
Staged over two and a half miles, the G2 Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle on Festival Trials Day frequently provides valuable clues for The Festival™ presented by Magners.
Monsignor (2000) followed up his success on Festival Trials Day by taking the G1 Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle at The Festival™ presented by Magners, while At Fishers Cross (2013), Bobs Worth (2011) and Wichita Lineman (2007) all went on to triumph in the three-mile G1 Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle.

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Ballymore Novices' Hurdle 2018
(Registered As The Classic Novices' Hurdle) (Grade 2)
£32,000 added, 4yo plus, 2m 4f 56y, Class 1
9 ran
Going: Heavy

Pos D Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st Santini 4/1 J McGrath
N J Henderson 6
2nd ¾ Black Op (IRE) 8/1 T Scudamore
T R George 7
3rd 29 Aye Aye Charlie 16/1 P J Brennan
F O'Brien 6
4th Mulcahys Hill (IRE) 11/4f A P Heskin
W Greatrex 6
5th Slate House (IRE) 9/1 Harry Cobden
C L Tizzard 6
6th 14 Tikkanbar (IRE) 6/1 N D Fehily
N P Mulholland 7
7th 9 Pacific De Baune (FR) 4/1 Nico de Boinville
N J Henderson 5
PU Fairmount 50/1 R Johnson
M Keighley 7
F De Rasher Counter 20/1 Nick Scholfield
Miss E C Lavelle 6

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Year Horse Owner Trainer Weight Jockey SP

2000 Monsignor Malcolm Denmark Mark Pitman 6-11-12 Norman Williamson 1/2 f
2001 Indian Scout Indian Scout Partnership Ben De Haan 6-11-06 Liam Cummins 2/1
2002 Keen Leader Adair Catherwood Jonjo O’Neill 6-11-05 Liam Cooper 10/11 f
2003 Iris’s Gift Robert Lester Jonjo O’Neill 6-11-09 Barry Geraghty 1/3 f
2004 Abandoned
2005 Ambobo Sean Mulryan Arnaud Chaille-Chaille FR 5-11-12 Barry Geraghty 14/1
2006 Abandoned
2007 Wichita Lineman J P McManus Jonjo O’Neill 6-11-12 Tony McCoy Evens f
2008 Aigle D’Or J P McManus Nicky Henderson 5-11-09 Marcus Foley 7/4 f
2009 Diamond Harry Paul Duffy/Diamond Partnership Nick Williams 6-11-12 Timmy Murphy 8/15 f
2010 Restless Harry Richard Whitehead Robin Dickin 6-11-12 Henry Oliver 7/2
2011 Bobs Worth The Not Afraid Partnership Nicky Henderson 6-11-12 Barry Geraghty 7/2
2012 Batonnier Raymond Mould Alan King 6-11-05 Wayne Hutchinson 12/1
2013 At Fishers Cross J P McManus Rebecca Curtis 6-11-12 A P McCoy 13/2
2014 Red Sherlock The Johnson Family David Pipe 5-11-09 Tom Scudamore 9/4
2015 Ordo Ab Chao A Marsh Alan King 6-11-09 Wayne Hutchinson 16/1
2016 Yanworth J P McManus Alan King 6-11-12 Barry Geraghty 2/1f
2017 Wholestone Simon Munir & Isaac Souede Nigel Twiston-Davies 6-11-10 Daryl Jacob 11/4 f