Paul Townend wins the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle on Sir Gerhard


Heavy favourite Sir Gerhard wins the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle as jockey Paul Townend kicks off day two at Cheltenham with victory

  • Paul Townend won the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle on Sir Gerhard to kick off Day 2
  • Rachael Blackmore was leading on Journey With Me until the home straight
  • Journey With Me took a tumble at the final fence to see Sir Gerhard pull clear

Paul Townend won the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle on Sir Gerhard to kick off the second day at the Cheltenham festival

However, it was Rachael Blackmore who was leading on Journey With Me as they headed into the final four fences. 

Sir Gerhard did well to pull himself second on the back straight to track Journey With Me. The pair went head-to-head until the home turn when Sir Gerhard powered into the lead. 

Journey With Me then took a nasty tumble at the final fence, clearing the way for the favourite to win the race.   

 More to follow…

Paul Townend won the Ballymore Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham on Sir Gerhard (above)

Paul Townend won the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham on Sir Gerhard (above) 

Rachael Blackmore who was leading on Journey With Me (back right) fell as the final fence

Rachael Blackmore who was leading on Journey With Me (back right) fell as the final fence

BALLYMORE NOVICES’ HURDLE PLACINGS

1/ Sir Gerhard (P Townend) 8-11 Fav

2/ Three Stripe Life (D N Russell) 8-1

3/ Whatdeawant (D E Mullins) 18-1

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