Ballymore Novices' Hurdle
Cheltenham 15:35
(Registered As The Hyde Novices' Hurdle),
£30,000 added, 4yo plus,
2m 5f 26y, Class 1  
Friday 16th November 2018


1 Coolanly 7/2
2 Pym 9/4F
3 Percy Veer 25/1
9 ran Distances: 3¼l, 2l, 2½l
Time: 5m 8.60s (slow by 20.10s)

Coolanly cruises to victory for Paddy Brennan


Fergal O'Brien recorded a 152/1 double on day one of the November Meeting at Cheltenham following 7/2 shot Coolanly's smart success in the concluding G2 Ballymore Novices' Hurdle.
Ridden by Paddy Brennan, registering a treble at Prestbury Park, Coolanly travelled smoothly throughout the two mile and five-furlong event and found plenty for pressure in the closing stages to score by three and a quarter-lengths from 9/4 favourite Pym in second.
Winning trainer O'Brien said: "I think Coolanly is probably a horse for the Ballymore Novices' Hurdle at The Festival. That was far enough for him today and he has had a hard race.
"He was a bit sore after he came back from the Persian War, so I have to give credit to everyone at home for getting him back here today.

"We will enjoy today and we might go for the Challow Hurdle because he won't have a penalty."

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Pym, a five-year-old by Stowaway, was stepping up in trip to two miles five furlongs for the first time. He was beaten three and a quarter lengths into second.
Trainer Nicky Henderson said: "He ran a good race. It's his first time up in trip and he got the trip. He got beaten, but he's done nothing wrong. 
"He'll stay at two and a half miles, and as Noel [Fehily, who rode him] said, he's still quite naïve about racing, rather than anything else, so we'll go again."


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

Pos D Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st Coolanly (IRE) 7/2 P J Brennan
F O'Brien 6
2nd Pym (IRE) 9/4f N D Fehily
N J Henderson 5
3rd 2 Percy Veer 25/1 Aidan Coleman
E McNamara 6
4th Darlac (FR) 5/1 R Johnson
C L Tizzard 5
5th Kapgarry (FR) 16/1 Sam Twiston-Davies
N A Twiston-Davies 5
6th 2 Nestor Park (FR) 16/1 David Bass
B Pauling 5
7th Captain Peacock 20/1 L P Aspell
O Sherwood 5
8th 13 Tricks And Trails (IRE) 100/1 Brendan Powell
A E Jones 5
PU   Double Treasure G Sheehan Jamie Snowden 7