Ballynagour Backed For Byrne Group Plate

Down the years the Pipe family have landed some massive gambles at the Cheltenham Festival and the Pond House team could well have another potential handicap blot on their hands as Ballynagour looks to be a horse on a rapid incline.

An emphatic 19-length winner on his British debut at Warwick last weekend, the former French raider was backed liked defeat was out of the question and now the seven-year-old could look to build on that effort and gain a valuable success at Cheltenham next month.

Entered for a plethora of the handicap chases over the four days, Ballynagour was upped a staggering 21lb for that facile Warwick success and now it's the punter's task to try and second guess David Pipe and see where his improver will head at Prestbury Park.

However, early indications suggest that he could well be heading for the Byrne Group Plate on the third day of the Festival, as there has been huge sums of money for him in that contest and he is as short as 7/2 for that race with some bookmakers.

It was the race won last year by Pipe's progressive Salut Flo and punters will hold on to the fact that Ballynagour holds a similar profile to that former French raider, so he could well look to bag victory in the event and notch up another successful Pipe gamble at the Cheltenham Festival.

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