Winter Novices Hurdle Tips 2021

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When is The Winter Novices Hurdle 2021?

The Ballymore Winter Novices Chase takes place on Friday 3rd December 2021 with the race starting at 2.25pm during The Tingle Creek Christmas Festival at Sandown Racecourse.

This is a Grade 2 race run over 2 miles and 4 furlongs.  It is open to horses aged fours years and over.

Last year's winner took home prize money of £13668.

The race has been blighted by the weather, causing it to be abandoned twice, in 2000 and again in 2010.

Leading trainer for this race is Alan King who has trained five of the winners, the latest being Alsa Mix in 2018.  Leading Jockeys include Tony McCoy, Richard Johnson and Wayne Hutchinson who have each notched up 3 wins.


A look back to the 1995 Winter Novices Hurdle

Winter Novices Hurdle Previous Winners

No race in 2003 or 2010

DateTrackDistanceGoingRunnersWinnerStallionAgeJockey (Clm)TrainerOddsWeightORNC(F)Days
Sandown2m4fGood To Soft756/511-51450(0)21d
Sandown2m4fGood To Soft749/411-71390(0)23d
Sandown2m4fGood To Soft565/111-41320(0)21d
Sandown2m4fGood To Soft754/511-71440(0)19d
Sandown2m4½fGood To Soft755/411-01351(1)34d
Sandown2m4½fGood To Soft745/211-700(0)13d
Sandown2m6fGood To Soft754/111-000(0)15d
Sandown2m6fGood To Soft9411/411-000(0)19d


Winter Novices Hurdle Stats and Trends

Ballymore Winter Novices Hurdle

11 Year Trends and Statistics (2010 was abandoned due to snow)

  • Age – All of the last 11 winners were aged between 4 and 6.
  • Sex – 10 of the last 11 winners were geldings, the exception was a mare, only 4 mares have run in the race in the 11 years.
  • Trainer – Alan King has won the race 5 times in the last 11 years.
  • Horse – No horse has won more than once the last 11 years. 
  • Country – 6 of the last 11 winners were bred in France, 4 in Ireland and 1 in Great Britain.
  • Colour – 7 of the last 11 winners were bay, 2 were grey.
  • Weight Carried – 10 of the last 11 winners carried  between 11st and 11st 7lb.
  • Starting Price (SP) – 7 of the last 11 winners returned a SP of 100/30 or less. The remaining 4 returned at odds off between 5/1 and 12/1.
  • Starting Price Rank – 3 of the last 11 winners started as favourite and 8 were in the first 2 in the betting.
  • Headgear – 10 of the last 11 winners wore no headgear. 
  • Days Since Last Run – All of the last 11 winners had run between 13 and 45 days ago. 
  • Last Run Form – 6 of the last 11 winners had won last time out, 9 of them finished in the first 3 last time.

    Winter Novices Hurdle Results

    Ballymore Winter Novices Hurdle (Grade 2) (GBB Race)
    Distance: 2m4f (4353 yards +50 yards rails adjustment) Prize (winner): £13668 Direction: Right Handed
    Runners: 3    Going: Heavy    Class: Class 1 Grade 2    Age Restrictions: 4yo+
    Winners Time: 5 mins 39.22s   Avg OR: 89     Median OR: 130 

    Full Results:

    NoPlaceDist BtHorseAgeWeightHeadgearORTrainerJockey (Claim)OddsBFBFP
    41stStar Gate (IRE)411-00Williams, EvanBoinville, Nico5/4 (Fav)2.441.34
    tracked leader, led briefly 3 out, challenged 2 out, led soon after, quickened clear run-in, impressive BF IP MIN 1.01 BF IP MAX 2.84
    52nd8.5Valleres (FR)511-0130King, AJacob, Daryl5/23.701.59
    held up in 3rd, went 2nd between last 2, mistake last, ridden and no chance with winner BF IP MIN 2.8 BF IP MAX 1000
    33rd3.25Sending Love (IRE)711-0TT137Nicholls, P FCobden, Harry2/13.241.53
    edged left at times, led and set steady pace, headed briefly 3 out, quickened before 2 out, headed after 2 out, soon ridden and no response, weakened into 3rd between last 2 BF IP MIN 2.5 BF IP MAX 1000

    Ballymore Winter Novices Hurdle (Grade 2)
    Distance: 2m4f (4353 yards +40 yards rails adjustment) Prize (winner): £17085 Dir: Right Handed
    Runners: 7    Going: Soft    Class: Class 1 Grade 2    Age Restrictions: 4yo+
    Winners Time: 5 mins 17.15s   Avg OR: 75     Median OR: 126

    1st Enrilo (FR) 10/1 
    2nd House Island (IRE) 20/1
    3rd Happygolucky (IRE) 9/4 (fav)

    Full Results: 

    NoPlaceDist BtHorseAgeWeightHeadgearORTrainerJockey (Claim)OddsBFBFP
    21stEnrilo (FR)511-00Nicholls, P FCobden, Harry10/111.295.60
    tracked leaders, pushed along to press leader 2 out, led soon after last, ridden out BF IP MIN 1.01 BF IP MAX 18.5
    12nd0.75House Island (IRE)511-3126Webber, P RSheehan, Gavin20/125.008.80
    led, ridden 2 out, hit last and soon headed, kept on one pace BF IP MIN 2.02 BF IP MAX 1000
    33rd7Happygolucky (IRE)511-0137Bailey, K CBass, David9/4 (Fav)3.342.12
    pressed leader, ridden 2 out, kept on one pace BF IP MIN 1.5 BF IP MAX 890
    44th6Ofalltheginjoints (IRE)511-0131Tizzard, C LPower, R M7/25.562.51
    in touch, ridden and headway 2 out, kept on same pace BF IP MIN 5.4 BF IP MAX 1000
    75th3.5Emmas Joy (IRE)610-7132Skelton, DanielSkelton, Harry7/25.002.70
    in touch in rear, ridden 2 out, kept on flat BF IP MIN 4.7 BF IP MAX 1000
    56th4Overthetop (IRE)511-00Murphy, OllyJohnson, Richard13/29.573.98
    in touch, pushed along before 2 out, weakened soon after 2 out BF IP MIN 8.2 BF IP MAX 1000
    67th1.25Up The Straight (IRE)511-00Rowe, RDavies, James7/19.884.15
    keen in touch in rear, ridden and headway 2 out, weakened flat BF IP MIN 3.3 BF IP MAX 1000

    Winter Novices Hurdle Tips

    Only 5 are going to line up in this and it is hard to eliminTe any of them, the current favourite is STAR GATE who just misses on the “Days since last run” stat, SENDING LOVE is next in the betting market but is he too old at 7, Alan King, who knows how to win this race, saddles Valleres, the line up is completed by ANY NEWS and PRESS YOUR LUCK.

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    Tingle Creek Christmas Festival Race Card:

    Friday 3rd December
    Opening Day

    12.45pmThe Sandown Park Amateur Riders’ Handicap Chase3 miles
    1.15pmThe Londesborough Handicap Chase2 miles
    1.50pmThe Ripley Novices’ Handicap Chase2 miles 4 furlongs
    2.25pmThe Ballymore Winter Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 2)2 miles 4 furlongs
    3.00pmThe Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle (Qualifier)2 miles 7 furlongs
    3.35pmThe Elmbridge Mares’ Handicap Hurdle2 miles 4 furlongs

    Saturday 4th December
    Tingle Creek Saturday

    12.05pmThe Sandown Park Introductory Juvenile Hurdle2 miles
    12.40pmThe Ewell ‘National Hunt’ Novices’ Hurdle2 miles
    1.15pmThe Claygate Novices’ Handicap Hurdle2 miles
    1.50pmThe Planteur at Chapel Stud Henry VIII Novices’ Chase (Grade 1)2 miles
    2.25pmThe Betfair Tingle Creek Chase (Grade 1)2 miles
    3.00pmThe Betfair London National Chase3 miles 4 furlongs
    3.35pmThe December Handicap Hurdle (Listed)2 miles

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