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

  • (4yo+, 2m 4f 110y, Class 1, 6 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 22.80s
  • Off time: 15:00:48
  • Last Updated: January 25 2014, 18:27 GMT

Red Sherlock retained his unbeaten record with victory in the Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham to complete a double on the card for Tom Scudamore.

Red Sherlock: Retained his unbeaten record
Red Sherlock: Retained his unbeaten record

Successful in the previous race aboard The Giant Bolster, Scudamore completed a quickfire Grade Two double aboard the son of Lady Cricket who was stepping up in grade.

The five-year-old was made to work hard for success with the Willie Mullins trained Rathvinden throwing down a strong and sustained challenge but the Irish raider couldn't reel his rival in and finished two and a half lengths adrift.

The pair finished a long way clear of their rivals in an attritional contest.

Scudamore said: "We got in a bit of a pocket at the top of the hill and he got me out of trouble, that's the sign of a good horse. It's great to get back on him, he's got a great attitude and has taken the step up in class in his stride.

"I don't think better ground would be a problem to him, I'm sure he'll handle any ground."

Pipe said: "There's lots of emotion, he's a lovely horse out of not a bad mare! He keeps progressing. I thought the market had it right and Willie's was the horse to beat. He stays well and might get further so I'd imagine he'll have entries over two-five and three miles at the Festival."

The winner attracted a quote of 8/1 from Sky Bet for the contest of the same name at the Cheltenham Festival in March.

Michael Shinners, representing the Leeds-based firm, said: "There was plenty of talk about The Liquidator being the Pipe's star novice, and he may yet bounce back from his disappointing Tolworth effort, but there's so much to like about Red Sherlock.

"He has been brought along steadily, winning a bumper here at the start of the season and now three times over hurdles, and looks to have beaten a decent yardstick today.

"There's likely more to come from the five-year-old and it's clear, given his pedigree and owners, David Pipe would love nothing more than to see this horse triumph in March."

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