The lightly raced Ballyhollow has always been held in high regard by her trainer, Rebecca Curtis but like last season it’s taken a little time for this listed placed and bumper winner to understand her job or to coin a phrase “for the penny to drop” since switching to hurdles.
However in her last few starts the improvement has been there for all to see and victory at Ludlow saw this imposing chestnut produce a career best effort.
She travelled powerfully under Paul Moloney and her jumping was almost foot perfect for most of the race. She had all bar one of the field beaten after jumping four from home but a slight mistake at the third last gave the runner up a chance but Ballyhollow was still full of running. Approaching the final two hurdles she did wonder about a little in front but the result was never really in doubt.
Ballyhollow continues to improve and we are hopeful that she could be running in some decent races before the end of the season.