Ballymore Novices' Hurdle
Cheltenham 15:35
(Registered As The Hyde Novices' Hurdle),
£30,000 added, 4yo plus,
2m 5f 26y, Class 1  
Friday 17th November 2017

1 On The Blind Side 9/2
2 Momella 7/1
3 Poetic Rhythm 9/2
6 ran Distances: 2½l, nse, 22l
Time: 5m 13.50s (slow by 19.50s)

Trainer Nicky Henderson was delighted with the performance of On The Blind Side, who stayed on strongly on the run-in to record a two and a half length victory at Cheltenham this afternoon.

On The Blind Side
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The 9/2 shot, who remains unbeaten, travelled reasonably well under jockey Nico De Boinville and the pair loomed dangerously as the field turned for home, with Poetic Rhythm and eventual runner-up Momella going toe-to-toe at the head of the field.
However, these two horses could not match the staying power of On The Blind Side on the run for home, with the five-year-old striding away up the hill to leave his trainer looking forward to seeing the powerful gelding over fences next season.
"He's stayed on strongly at the end but ran a funny race really," said Henderson.
"He struggled coming down the hill but came up the hill really well. He's finished off superbly though.
"He wasn't travelling as well as he ought to have been but he's obviously got stamina rather than speed. It was a good gallop all the way though - it was a good performance.

"I seriously hope we see him back in one of these novice chases here next season - that really should be on the cards. Where we go from here, I'm not sure. I would have thought he'll end up at three miles at the end of the season - the Albert Bartlett (at the Festival) would have to be on the agenda. I'm not saying he'll start over three miles on his next start though."

Harry Skelton, rider of the second Momella, said: "I'm absolutely delighted with her. She is a real nice mare and she has got some black type over hurdles. That was only her third start over hurdles so we couldn't be happier."


Ballymore Novices' Hurdle
(Registered As The Hyde Novices' Hurdle) (Grade 2)
£30,000 added, 4yo plus, 2m 5f 26y, Class 1
6 ran
Going: Good to Soft

Pos D Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st On The Blind Side (IRE) 9/2 Nico de Boinville
N J Henderson 5
2nd Momella (IRE) 7/1 Harry Skelton
D Skelton 5
3rd nse Poetic Rhythm (IRE) 9/2 P J Brennan
F O'Brien 6
4th 22 Vision Des Flos (FR) 3/1 B J Cooper
C L Tizzard 4
5th Calett Mad (FR) 7/4f D A Jacob
N A Twiston-Davies 5
F Aye Aye Charlie 40/1 Conor Shoemark
F O'Brien 5