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13:30 Cheltenham 11 Mar 2020

Ballymore Novices' Hurdle

Grade 1 | Class 1 | 4YO plus

Winner £70,338 - 12 ran

2m 5f

Soft

Draw Advantage: None

Gary Nutting
by Gary Nutting

Published 14th February

CHANTRY HOUSE is interesting at double-digit prices for the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle with the potential for above-average improvement stepping up in trip.

Nicky Henderson’s unbeaten six-year-old has been confined to around two miles so far, getting his Cheltenham eye in at the December meeting here and defying a penalty at Newbury on Betfair Hurdle day.

Both victories were gained readily, echoing his bumper success at Warwick last season, and it’s a reflection of the lofty esteem in which he’s held that he’s yet to go off odds-against.

Both victories were gained readily, echoing his bumper success at Warwick last season, and it’s a reflection of the lofty esteem in which he’s held that he’s yet to go off odds-against.

The fierce competitiveness of the Festival presents a greater challenge but the gelding is more than worthy of his current rating of 140 based on his defeat of subsequent Rossington Main winner Stolen Silver, who went up to 145 after Haydock (since adjusted to 143 following his Betfair Hurdle eighth).

Chantry House gives the impression there’s loads more to come and though he also holds an entry in the Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, it will be a surprise if Henderson’s not lobbying JP McManus for a move up in distance.

The trainer already has the favourite for the two-mile division in Shishkin - so he’d doubtless prefer to keep them apart - and there is a good case on pedigree for Chantry House tackling a stiffer stamina test.

The once raced dam’s full-sister won over 2m4f and she herself has produced winners at up to 2m6f, albeit the best of her progeny to date is Evan Williams’s two-miler The Last Day.

But it’s the sire Yeats who brings platefuls of stamina potential to the table - the four-time Ascot Gold Cup winner’s top six jumps offspring have all shown smart form at three miles-plus, two of of them (Brave Eagle and Thomas Campbell) for Henderson.

Gary provides regular ante-post updates on Twitter. His username is @horsetraderinfo

Previous Winners

Year Winner Trainer Jockey Age/Wt SP
2019City IslandM BrassilM P Walsh6 11-78/1
2018SamcroG ElliottJ W Kennedy6 11-78/11f
2017Willoughby CourtBen PaulingDavid Bass6 11-714/1
2016YorkhillW P MullinsR Walsh6 11-73/1
2015Windsor ParkD K WeldD N Russell6 11-79/2
2014FaugheenW P MullinsR Walsh6 11-76/4f
2013The New OneN A Twiston-DaviesSam Twiston-Davies5 11-77/2
2012SimonsigN J HendersonB J Geraghty6 11-72/1f
2011First LieutenantM F MorrisD N Russell6 11-77/1
2010 Peddlers Cross D McCain Jnr J M Maguire 5 11-7 7/1
2009 Mikael D'haguenet W Mullins R Walsh 5 11-7 5/2f
2008 Fiveforthree W Mullins R Walsh 6 11-7 7/1
2007 Massini's Maguire P Hobbs R Johnson 6 11-7 20-1
2006 Nicanor N Meade P Carberry 5 11-7 17-2
2005 No Refuge J Howard Johnson G Lee 5 11-7 17-2
2004 Fundamentalist N A Twiston-Davies C Llewellyn 6 11-7 12-1
2003 Hardy Eustace D T Hughes K A Kelly 6 11-7 6-1
2002 Galileo T R George J Maguire 6 11-7 12-1
2001 No Race
2000 Monsignor M Pitman N Williamson 6 11-7 5-4f
1999 Barton T D Easterby L Wyer 6 11-7 2-1f
1998 French Holly F Murphy A Thornton 7 11-7 2-1f
1997 Istabraq A P O'Brien C F Swan 5 11-7 6-5f

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