Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle (Registered As The Classic Novices' Hurdle) (Grade 2) 2m 4f 110y

  • (4yo+, 2m 4f 110y, Class 1, 5 runners)
  • Winner £17,085 2nd £6,411 3rd £3,210 4th £1,599 5th £804 6th £402
  • Going: Heavy, Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 5m 33.10s
  • Off time: 15:01:01
Full result
Result 15:00 Cheltenham
Pos Horse Distance/th> Odds
1st 1 At Fishers Cross 13/2
2nd 3 The New One nk 4/5f

Racecard

# Form Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Naps SP
1 25-111
Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap At Fishers Cross (IRE) 43
  • T:Miss R Curtis
  • J:A P McCoy
  • Form: 25-111
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-12
  • OR: 145
  • Naps:
6 166 11-12 Miss R Curtis A P McCoy 145 13/2
2 18-111
Red, White chevrons on sleeves, White cap Coneygree 42
  • T:M Bradstock
  • J:Matthew Batchelor
  • Form: 18-111
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-12
  • OR: 150
  • Naps:
6 166 11-12 M Bradstock Matthew Batchelor 150 9/4
3 61-111
Red, white star, red sleeves, black stars, white cap, red star The New One (IRE) 14
  • T:N A Twiston-Davies
  • J:S Twiston-Davies
  • Form: 61-111
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-12
  • OR: 152
  • Naps:
5 166 11-12 N A Twiston-Davies S Twiston-Davies 152 4/5f
4 1-1
Dark Blue and White diabolo, hooped sleeves and cap Whisper (FR) 31
  • T:N J Henderson
  • J:B J Geraghty
  • Form: 1-1
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-9
  • OR:
  • Naps:
5 163 11-9 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 12/1
5 31313
RED and YELLOW stripes, YELLOW sleeves, RED armlets, RED cap Fiddlers Bid 36
  • T:F M O'Brien
  • J:P J Brennan
  • Form: 31313
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-5
  • OR:
  • Naps:
6 159 11-5 F M O'Brien P J Brennan 66/1

Race History

Race History
Year Draw Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey SP
2012   Batonnier (FR)
  • T:A King
  • J:W Hutchinson
6 11-5 A King W Hutchinson 12/1
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In depth

Verdict

THE NEW ONE won a Listed bumper here on New Year's Day last year and a Grade 2 at Aintree in April. He had a fight on his hands against Village Vic on his second start over timber here but that rival is very useful and he's won his two other races in a canter. He can remain unbeaten over timber though Coneygree is a huge threat. He's also unbeaten in three starts over timber and, as two of those were in Grade 2's on this track, it will take a major performance to beat him. At Fishers Cross has won his last three over hurdles including a handicap here last month while Whisper gained plenty of admirers when ploughing through the mud for an easy victory at Ffos Las.

Formwatch

At Fishers Cross (IRE) 11-4fav (10-12) Held up in touch, headway on outside 2 out, soon challenged, led before last, ridden and held on flat, won at Cheltenham 3m hcp hdl (2) hvy in Dec beating Inish Island (10-9) by 1 1/2l, 12 ran.

The New One (IRE) 1-2fav (11-7) Prominent, led after 6th, drawing clear when not fluent 3 out, stayed on well, easily, won at Warwick 2m 5f nov hdl Grade 2 (1) sft beating Mickie (10-11) by 16l, 7 ran.

Coneygree 11-10fav (11-7) Made all, came towards stands side rail before last, soon pressed, ridden and stayed on strongly to forge clear flat, won at Cheltenham 3m nov hdl G2 (1) hvy in Dec beating Aerial (11-0) by 6l, 7 ran.

Whisper (FR) 4-6fav (10-12) Settled in rear but in touch, headway 3 out, every chance next, led after last, ran on strongly, won at Ffos Las 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Dec beating The Jugopolist (10-5) by 6l, 8 ran.

Fiddlers Bid 15-8fav (11-0) Led, pressed from 3 out, headed before last, stayed on same pace, lost 2nd close home, 3rd of 6, 1 1/2l behind Ballytober (11-0) at Ascot 2m 6f NH mdn hdl (3) hvy in Dec.