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  • Ballymore ante post tips: On The Blind Side can serve it up to Samcro

    On The Blind Side odds each-way value over Samcro bets among 2018 Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle ante post tips

    Cheltenham Bet’s 2018 Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle ante post tips say On The Blind Side odds are better value each-way than Samcro bets.

    On The Blind Side odds appeal among 2018 Ballymore Novices' Hurdle ante post tips

    On The Blind Side is 9/1 with BetVictor for the 2018 Ballomore Novices’ Hurdle after maintaining his unbeaten record with a devastating display at Sandown.

    I think the five-year-old is capable of serving it up to current red-hot favourite Samcro in the 2m 5f contest at the Cheltenham Festival on Wednesday, March 14.

    The imposing gelding, who won his sole start in an Irish point, made it three from three under rules for trainer Nicky Henderson when landing what looked a hot Grade 2 contest over 2m 4f at the Esher venue.

    After tracking the leaders going well, On The Blind side loomed up to the leaders to take up the running at the second last.

    Immediate response

    When jockey Nico de Boinville asked him to then go about his business, the response was immediate.

    Our 2018 Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle ante post tips say back On The Blind Side odds.

    On the Blind Side quickened up smartly to put daylight between himself and his toiling rivals, before surging up the hill to easily beat Springtown Lake by nine lengths.

    It was a sensational performance, especially as he was giving 5lb all-round as a result of his success in a competitive Grade 2 affair at Cheltenham last month to a field with five previous winners from top stables.

    To me he looks something special, and there should be even better to come as the son of Stowaway is a really scopey sort who appears to be maturing which each outing.

    Many thought he was crying out to go further following his win over 2m 5f at Cheltenham, but he had no problem dropping back a furlong.

    Henderson delighted

    Seven Barrows handler Henderson was quick to earmark the Ballymore and not the 3m Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle as On The Blind Side’s ultimate target at next years’ Festival.

    On The Blind Side odds look each-way value for the Ballymore at the 2018 Cheltenham Festival.

    Speaking after the race, he told the Racing Post: “A lot of people said after his win Cheltenham that he should go up to 3m, so they were surprised we were dropping him in trip.

    “But I said to Nico de Boinville to be careful, just because he got off the bridle there doesn’t mean he’s a slow horse.

    “I liked the way he changed gears and quickened up really well. And the quicker they went, the better he jumped.

    “It was tidy. He’s got a lovely attitude and he’s taking it all in his stride. I’m not in a rush to go over 3m with him.”

    Newbury’s Grade 1 Challow Hurdle on December 30 is the next likely target for On The Blind Side.

    Should all go to plan with him and Samcro come next March, their clash in the Ballymore promises to be one of the races of the meeting.

    Samcro bets incredibly short

    Our 2018 Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle ante post tips also say Samcro bets look short by comparison to On The Blind Side odds.

    Samcro also won his sole start in an Irish point and is unbeaten in five starts under rules since joining Gordon Elliott.

    He didn’t come out of second gear when landing a Grade 2 at Navan last time out, so is already considered by many to be the Irish banker for the prestigious four-day meeting.

    However, he is incredibly short in my book for the Ballymore at a top-price 2/1.

    On The Blind Side has achieved more

    I feel that On The Blind Side has achieved more at this stage of his career and at 9/1 remains cracking value.

    Should he win the Challow impressively, those odds will be cut in half by the bookies.

    I think he is the real deal and a solid each-way play in the Ballymore.

    More from Cheltenham Bet

    Cheltenham Bet recommend the following 2018 Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle ante post tips: On The Blind Side odds each-way at 9/1 with Betvictor, who pay a fifth of that price on three places.

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