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Ballyburn is a hugely promising horse that won both of his bumpers last season. He was an easy winner of his sole Irish point before that and the form has worked out unbelievably well. Patrick Mullins rode him in both bumpers and he gave a glowing assessment of this horse in a recent interview. The amateur rider is a shrewd judge and always gives valuable intel.
Willie Mullins’ charge has a pedigree which screams stayer and he’s definitely going to want a trip. There is no doubt that he’ll stay three miles but he has more than enough cruising speed and class to claim victory in this more prestigious 2m5f event. His career trajectory is quite clear and the most logical path is Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle, the Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase in 2025 and the Gold Cup the following year.
This gelding has the world at his feet and it would be no surprise to see him go right to the top. Currently available at 7-1, the price isn’t outstanding but you won’t get a better one all year. Willie Mullins has won the last two renewals of this race and Ballyburn can make it an unprecedented three-in-a-row.
Ballyburn @ 7-1 (Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle) 2pts win
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