Talking Horses: Off Your Rocco to confirm Irish Cheltenham dominance

By: Greg Wood Friday 12 November 2021

Disgraced trainer Gordon Elliott set to be back in the winner’s enclosure at the home of jump racing

Six of the seven runners in the televised Grade Two Ballymore Novice Hurdle at Cheltenham on Friday were winners last time out and it promises to be one of the most informative novice events over timber in the first half of the winter campaign.

Paul Nicholls’s Gelino Bello, who recorded a comfortable success on his hurdling debut at Aintree last month, heads the market but the memory of Ireland’s dominance at the Festival in March is still fresh and Off Your Rocco (3.30) and Blazing Khal both promise to be stern opponents.

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