Ballyandy impresses to win Betfair Hurdle

Ballyandy justified strong support as he landed a gamble in the Betfair Hurdle at Newbury on Saturday.

Ballyandy justified strong support as he landed a gamble in the Betfair Hurdle at Newbury on Saturday.

Last year's Cheltenham Champion Bumper victor was winning for the first time over hurdles as he got the better of Movewiththetimes in a battle worthy of the £155,000 prize.

Trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies thought Ballyandy was well-handicapped and plenty listened as the six-year-old was a successful 3-1 favourite.

Stablemate Ballyhill made the running with Clyne in close attendance while trainer's son Sam Twiston-Davies was content to stay off the pace until the straight.

Movewiththetimes (6-1) laid down a strong challenge but Ballyandy was equal to the task and asserted close home to strike by three-quarters of a length.

Clyne (6-1) with six lengths away third with Song Light (14-1) a further two lengths back in fourth.