Samcro wins Ballymore Novices' Hurdle in style

Samcro wins Ballymore Novices' Hurdle in style

Rather boringly, Elliott's top boy for the big occasion is now going for the same race he won a year ago, the Cross Country Chase (4.10), and I fancy him to go well again when it matters before going on to Aintree for the Grand National, in which he finished runner-up last April.

There was a treble for Mullins' compatriot Gordon Elliott, with Jack Kennedy delivering two of those wins on board Samco and Veneer of Charm in the Novices' Hurdle and Juvenile Handicap Hurdle respectively.

There has been an outpour of support for the 38-year-old jockey and Paddy Power, which Walsh is a brand ambassador for, have said that they will pay out anyone that backed Walsh to be top jockey at the festival. Winning trainer Tom George said: "He must have a huge engine.

While the Grand National remains the undisputed champion when it comes to bets placed on a single race, Cheltenham is the most popular four days of betting for horse racing fans".

There have been five triple winners of the Champion Hurdle.

But the odds on favourite, owned by JP McManus, trained by Nicky Henderson and ridden by Barry Geraghty had to fight all the way to see off Melon and Mick Jazz.

"It's a special race".

Henderson, saddling his seventh Champion Hurdle victor, said: "It was a good race, a proper race". He is a really good young horse, he did what he had to today.


Faugheen crossed the line in sixth, 22 lengths behind the victor, and trainer Willie Mullins accepted the brilliant victor of the 2015 Champion Hurdle is no longer the force of old, nor indeed the best hurdler in his stable.

"Faugheen probably wants a longer trip at this stage of his career", said the trainer.

The scintillating two-mile chaser - unbeaten from seven starts over fences - has always been regarded as the heir apparent to Henderson's Sprinter Sacre.

"We have four weeks until Aintree, so we could go back there again if there is soft ground in the going description".

"It was terrific performance from Melon and it's vindicated what we thought of him". The best horse was going to win, and thankfully I was on the best horse.

"He'll be better next year".

Owner Philip Reynolds said: "He gave us a super day past year. I'd imagine he'll go to Punchestown".

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