Sir Gerhard likely to run in the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle


It looks like Sir Gerhard is likely to run in the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham on Wednesday. Its owners Cheveley Park Stud claimed it to be the better festival option for their star hurdler.
Sir Gerhard has entries for the Ballymore and the Supreme at next week’s Festival. He won the Champion Bumper last year.
Cheveley Park’s director Richard Thompson believes the Ballymore could prove the better option. Speaking to Sky Sports Racing he said: “We’re definitely leaning towards the Ballymore but I can’t give you a decision as yet because Willie [Mullins] is still mulling it over until the wire. It looks like the Ballymore on balance but there’s no final decision yet.
“Willie will look at the final shake-up of each race but Sir Gerhard definitely can get the Ballymore trip. I think he could win either, but the Supreme is at the moment, the stronger race, there’s no question.
“It’s a fine balance but if at the end of the day if Willie says that he’s a horse that can compete in both and the Ballymore is the slightly weaker race, then of course the Ballymore would be the race we’d go for.”
Sir Gerhard is ahead of Constitution Hill for the Supreme but is the clear market leader for the Ballymore and is the even-money favourite to make a winning return to the festival.
Thompson said: “”We felt his jumping was a bit scrappy on the first half of the race but he jumped better and better as the race went on and won well.
“He’s definitely got to make some improvements with his jumping but overall we couldn’t complain – he won a Grade 1 and he won it well. Fingers crossed whatever race he goes for he puts up a good performance.”