Ballymore Classic Novices' Hurdle
|(Registered As The Classic Novices' Hurdle)
Grade 2, Cheltenham 15:05
£50,000 guaranteed, 4yo plus,
2m 4f 56y, Class 1
1 North Lodge 7/1
2 Balco Coastal 7/2
3 A Different Kind 10/1
6 ran Distances: 2½l, 3l, 17l
Time: 5m 1.14s (slow by 11.14s)
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The race was incident-strewn from the off, with hurdles missed out due to the low sun and Harpers Brook coming down early on and hampering Henry Daly’s 4-5 favourite Hillcrest, who jinked and unseated Richard Patrick.
Joined by Nicky Henderson’s Balco Coastal up the hill, the Alan King-trained North Lodge then drifted across the track on the run to the line, slightly impeding the Seven Barrows runner, who was eventually beaten by two and a half lengths.
After a stewards’ inquiry the placings remained unaltered and King’s 7-1 chance added a Cheltenham success to his prior hurdle win at Aintree in early December.
King said: “I hoped he’d run very well, but I thought whatever he did he’d improve again.
“Ideally I’d have liked to have gone a slightly lower route with him, but we had a little chat midweek and decided we’d be brave and come and have a look and see.
“I always felt a step up in trip would suit. Aintree, over two miles, I thought would be sharp enough.
“I think he’s fairly adaptable ground-wise. I had his full-brother years ago, Winter Escape, who was smart as a young horse.
“I thought he jumped well. The hurdles being taken out was actually a hindrance as he got a bit green going round them. It probably confused him a little bit.
“I don’t know about the Festival. I just said to the boys (owners) let’s enjoy today and chat about it next week.
“I think potentially he’s a very good horse and we’ve just got to do it right. Whether he wants to come to Cheltenham this year, I’m not sure.”
Ballymore Novices' Hurdle
(Registered As The Classic Novices' Hurdle) (Grade 2)
£50,000 guaranteed, 4yo plus, 2m 4f 56y, Class 1
1 North Lodge 5 11-5 Alan King A P Heskin 7/1
2 2½ Balco Coastal 6 11-5 Nicky Henderson Nico de Boinville 7/2
3 3 A Different Kind 5 11-8 Donald McCain Brian Hughes 10/1
4 17 Picanha 8 11-5 Richard Phillips Daniel Hiskett 20/1
FELL Harper's Brook 6 11-5 Ben Pauling Kielan Woods 22/1
UR Hillcrest 7 11-10 Henry Daly Richard Patrick 4/5F
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
2005 Ambobo Sean Mulryan Arnaud Chaille-Chaille FR 5-11-12 Barry Geraghty 14/1
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
2018 Santini Mr & Mrs R Kelvin-Hughes Nicky Henderson 6-11-05 J McGrath 4/1
2019 Birchdale J P McManus Nicky Henderson 5-11-05 Barry Geraghty 2/1
2020 Harry Senior Brocade Racing Colin Tizzard 6 11-05 Robbie Power 4/1