Ballymore Winter Novices’ Hurdle 2019 Analysis
14:25 at Sandown on 6th December
This Grade 2 Hurdle over 2 miles 3 furlongs and 173 yards has been won by some useful types including Fingal Bay, Taquin De Seuil, and On The Blind Side. It’s hard to know whether this year’s field has any stars lurking in it but there are plenty of interesting runners.
Amazingly, none of the seven trainers represented this year have won the race in the last 10-years, including Paul Nicholls who is represented by Enrillo. But this winner of two bumpers and a novice hurdle hung badly when last seen. That race was won by the re-opposing House Island for Paul Webber, a trainer who landed a gamble on Thursday. But House Island now has a 3lb penalty to carry against better horses.
Happygolucky could pay a compliment to Thyme Hill if winning here but his stable isn’t in the best of form, a comment that also applies to the stable of Overthetop, who boasts the only unbeaten record in the race and is highly-regarded by his trainer Olly Murphy.
Up The Straight was 33/1 when winning at Lingfield three weeks ago, but the ground is unlikely to be as testing here as he steps up in class. Ofalltheginjoints won his first start over hurdles but was beaten on his second by a useful prospect from the Dan Skelton yard that has won more easily since.