Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle (Registered As The Baring Bingham Novices' Hurdle) (Grade 1) 2m 5f
- (4yo+, 2m 5f, Class 1, 15 runners)
- Winner £68,340 2nd £25,644 3rd £12,840 4th £6,396 5th £3,216 6th £1,608
- Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 4m 54.90s
- Off time: 13:32:31
Ballyalton (IRE) 70
|7||161 11-7||Ian Williams||W Kennedy||140||20/1|
Cocktails At Dawn 89
|6||161 11-7||N J Henderson||B J Geraghty||119||33/1|
Cole Harden (IRE) 25
|5||161 11-7 t||W Greatrex||G Sheehan||135||40/1|
Creepy (IRE) 46
|6||161 11-7 h||M Keighley||Ian Popham||135||40/1|
Cup Final (IRE) 18
|5||161 11-7||N J Henderson||A P McCoy||16/1|
Faugheen (IRE) 74
|6||161 11-7||W P Mullins||R Walsh||152||6/4f|
Fennell Bay (IRE) 28
|5||161 11-7||J P Ferguson||D F O'Regan||135||28/1|
Killala Quay 60
|7||161 11-7||C E Longsdon||R Johnson||142||25/1|
Knock House (IRE) 53
|5||161 11-7||M R Channon||D Elsworth||132||50/1|
Lieutenant Colonel 38
|5||161 11-7||D T Hughes||B J Cooper||135||10/1|
Midnight Thunder (IRE) 14
|5||161 11-7||C L Tizzard||Brendan Powell||110||150/1|
Rathvinden (IRE) 46
|6||161 11-7||W P Mullins||P Townend||151||11/2|
Red Sherlock 46
|5||161 11-7||D Pipe||T Scudamore||151||7/2|
Shanahan's Turn (IRE) 73
|6||161 11-7||H De Bromhead||A E Lynch||50/1|
Twelve Roses 76
|6||161 11-7||K C Bailey||S Twiston-Davies||130||66/1|
||7||117||N J Henderson||B J Geraghty||149||NR|
The New One (IRE)
||5||11-7||N A Twiston-Davies||S Twiston-Davies||7/2|
Willie Mullins, trainer of FAUGHEEN, should know where he stands against Red Sherlock as the stable's Rathvinden, who also lines up for this, was second to David Pipe's unbeaten gelding over the course and distance in January. Ruby Walsh's mount is held in very high regard and can get the Irish off to a flying start on day two in a race in which Royal Boy looks to be the only other with a realistic chance. He's one of three trained by Nicky Henderson and has done very little wrong since reverting to hurdles, beating a subsequent winner at Ascot in December and following up over 2m at Kempton - the yard won this in 2012. Lieutenant Colonel might be suited by the step up in distance and could be the pick of the remainder ahead of Ballyalton, a little disappointing when only fourth here last time.
Royal Boy (FR) 9-1 (11-7) Tracked leader until 4th, handy 3rd, raced wide on back straight, led before 2 out, joined 2 out, narrowly headed last, hard driven run in, stayed on gamely to regain lead final 50 yards, won at Kempton 2m nov hdl Grade 1 (1) sft in Jan beating Josses Hill (11-7) by 1/2l, 6 ran.
Faugheen (IRE) 8-13fav (11-3) Made all, not fluent 6 out and next 2, went clear from before straight travelling smoothly, stayed on well, easily,, won at Limerick 3m nov hdl Grd 3 (1) hvy in Dec beating The Job Is Right (11-6) by 5l, 7 ran.
Ballyalton (IRE) 3-1 (11-12) Held up in last, closed from after 3 out, every chance approaching last, no extra inside final 100 yards, 4th of 6, 9l behind Aubusson (11-1) at Cheltenham 2m 4f nh nov hdl (3) sft in Jan.
Rathvinden (IRE) 6-4fav (11-12) Held up behind in touch, smooth headway on outside after 3 out, swithched inside and every chance approaching last, soon ridden, kept on, held final 110 yards, 2nd of 6, 2 1/2l behind Red Sherlock (11-9) at Cheltenham 2m 4f nov hdl G2 (1) hvy in Jan.
Killala Quay 9-2 (11-7) Tracked leaders, pushed along after 6th, lost place before next, soon behind, pulled up after, in a race won by Deputy Dan (11-4) at Warwick 2m 5f nov hdl Grade 2 (1) hvy in Jan, 8 ran.
Twelve Roses 5-2fav (11-12) Held up towards rear, headway halfway, soon chasing leaders, every chance after 3 out, weakened quickly next, tailed off, 9th of 12, well behind Junction Fourteen (11-3) at Kempton 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft in Dec.
Lieutenant Colonel 5-4fav (11-8) Chased leader, 2nd halfway, led after 2 out, ridden and headed before last, no extra run-in, kept on same pace, 2nd of 5, 4 1/2l behind Wicklow Brave (11-8) at Punchestown 2m lst nov hdl (4yo+) (1) hvy in Feb.
Cole Harden (IRE) 11-4 (11-8) Kept wide, led, went left 3rd, not fluent 7th, headed after 3 out, soon no chance with winner, 2nd of 4, 16l behind Un Temps Pour Tout (11-8) at Ascot 2m 3f nov hdl (2) hvy in Feb.
Shanahan's Turn (IRE) 2-1fav (11-12) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, improved to challenge 2 out, soon led travelling well, ridden before last, kept on well run-in, won at Leopardstown 2m 4f mdn hdl sft in Dec beating Blue Bicycle (11-12) by 5l, 7 ran.
Red Sherlock 9-4 (11-9) Tracked leaders, headway after 3 out, led after next, ridden before last, stayed on well under pressure flat, won at Cheltenham 2m 4f nov hdl G2 (1) hvy in Jan beating Rathvinden (11-12) by 2 1/2l, 6 ran.
Cup Final (IRE) 8-1 (11-2) Took keen hold early, held up in 5th, pushed along before 2 out, stayed on same pace and went modest 3rd flat, 3rd of 7, 10l behind Irving (11-9) at Kempton 2m nov hdl G2 (1) sft in Feb.
Cocktails At Dawn 5-1 (10-12) Stood at start for 20 seconds before getting going, held up in touch, not fluent 2nd, headway 3 out, challenged 2 out, unable to quicken before last, well held by front pair flat, 3rd of 9, 9l behind Ballyalton (11-8) at Cheltenham 2m 1f NH nov hdl 4-6yo (3) gd in Dec.
Fennell Bay (IRE) 8-11fav (11-11) Led, headed before 2nd, tracked leaders in 3rd, led before 3 out, kept on well from last, won at Musselburgh 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Feb beating Ollie G (11-4) by 5l, 7 ran.
Knock House (IRE) 7-2 (11-8) Led, hit 2nd, not fluent 6th, headed 4 out, chased winner and stayed challenging, well held soon after 2 out, 2nd of 7, 4l behind Champagne West (11-12) at Ascot 2m 6f NH nov hdl (4-7yo) (3) hvy in Jan.
Creepy (IRE) 14-1 (11-12) Led or disputed lead on outside until ridden and lost place after 3 out, weakened next, tailed off, 5th of 6, dis behind Red Sherlock (11-9) at Cheltenham 2m 4f nov hdl G2 (1) hvy in Jan.
Midnight Thunder (IRE) 6-4fav (10-10) Led, clear 3 out until ridden before 2 out where not fluent, no extra flat, 3rd of 6, 9l behind Keel Haul (11-1) at Wincanton 2m (3) hvy in Feb.