2.10 Cheltenham – Ballyadam (e/w) – Placed 5th 50/1

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Was an extremely well regarded novice and ran with great credit on a number of occasions, winning a Grade 1 before then bumping into Appreciate It 3 times, including when runner up to him in the Supreme last year. A chase campaign didn’t work out and he returned to hurdles at Cheltenham in December where he was travelling best of all as they turned for home, but then faded in the rain softened ground. Forget last time as the stables horses were out of form, and Ballyadam got no run on the inside rail. The slightly drying ground will help, he’s reportedly working well and looks to have been overlooked in the market off a workable handicap mark.

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