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Cheltenham Results: Ballyburn Dominates in the Gallagher Novices' Hurdle

By the time they reached the final turn, Ballyburn's victory was undisputed, as he effortlessly extended his lead over his stablemate Jimmy Du Seuil to secure a 13-length win.

Cheltenham Results: Ballburn Dominates in the Gallagher Novices' Hurdle
Cheltenham Results: Ballburn Dominates in the Gallagher Novices' Hurdle

Ballyburn effortlessly dominated the Gallagher Novices' Hurdle on day two of the Cheltenham Festival.

As the 1-2 favorite, Ballyburn was among five horses representing the dominant Willie Mullins team, with Paul Townend guiding him closely behind the frontrunners.

By the time they reached the final turn, Ballyburn's victory was undisputed, as he effortlessly extended his lead over his stablemate Jimmy Du Seuil to secure a 13-length win.

Trailing by an additional three and a half lengths was Ile Atlantique, securing third place and contributing to Mullins' impressive day, which also saw Mercurey and Predators Gold finishing fourth and fifth, respectively.

Mullins expressed his amazement at the performance, stating:

"It's the first time he's wowed me, I thought 'Wow, what a performance' and to me, that was a Champion Hurdle performance."

He praised the spectacle as "really, really spectacular." Mullins pondered the future, suggesting, "With his size, scope, and pedigree, our owners might decide to go chasing with him next year, I don't know. But with that performance, he can go anywhere."

He also acknowledged his team's current success while extending his sympathies to Nicky Henderson, who had to withdraw his top horses, saying, "Our team are in flying form, but we are just so sorry for Nicky Henderson that he has had to pull his good horses out. It could be us, so our sympathies go to him."

Ronnie Bartlett, the owner, commented on the performance, "He jumped well, we didn't know how he was going to handle the ground, but that was exciting."

Bartlett preferred to focus on the present, adding:

"Let's enjoy the day and the future is in front of him, so we'll just keep our fingers crossed."

He also noted the various paths Ballyburn could have taken, hinting at Mullins' secretive nature by saying, "

He had lots of different options and in typical Willie style, he didn't want to tell us too much, but listen, it all came right in the end."