Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle (Registered As The Leamington Novices' Hurdle) (Grade 2) 2m 5f

  • (5yo+, 2m 5f, Class 1, 8 runners)
  • Winner £15,661 2nd £5,877 3rd £2,942 4th £1,466 5th £737 6th £368
  • Going: Heavy, Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 5m 12.50s
  • Off time: 15:01:19

Full Result

15:00 Warwick
Pos Dist Horse Trainer Age Weight Jockey SP
1st 4 Deputy Dan (IRE) O Sherwood 6 11-4 L P Aspell 5/2
SP 5/2 Held up in rear, headway after 6th, challenged after 8th, led 3 out, clear before next, comfortably opened 10/3
2nd 9 6 Masters Hill (IRE) C L Tizzard 8 11-4 J Tizzard 9/1
SP 9/1 Prominent, led 8th, headed and not fluent 3 out, stayed on same pace, no chance with winner opened 8/1 touched 10/1
3rd 7 8 Splash of Ginge N A Twiston-Davies 6 11-4 Sam Twiston-Davies 16/1
SP 16/1 Held up, raced keenly, closed 7th, chased winner before 2 out, no impression, lost 2nd last, no exta opened 14/1
4th 7 7 Potters Cross Miss R Curtis 7 11-4 t1 P E Corbett 25/1
SP 25/1 Prominent, outpaced 8th, weakened after 3 out opened 20/1
5th 26 1 Creepy (IRE) M Keighley 6 11-7 Ian Popham 8/1
SP 8/1 Led until 8th, mistake 3 out, soon weakened, tailed off
PU 5 Garrahalish (IRE) R Dickin 6 11-4 C Poste 50/1
SP 50/1 Tracked leaders on outside, lost place after 6th, weakened before next, pulled up after opened 40/1
PU 2 Killala Quay C E Longsdon 7 11-7 J M Maguire 9/2
SP 9/2 Tracked leaders, pushed along after 6th, lost place before next, soon behind, pulled up after
F 3 Rathvinden (IRE) W P Mullins 6 11-7 D J Casey 2/1f
SP 2/1f Held up, not fluent and closed from 7th, stumbled next, close 3rd when fell 3 out £1000-£500

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win £3.00 Tote Place £1.40,£2.20,£3.00 Straight Forecast £24.22 Exacta £27.80 Trifecta £345.60 Swingers 1&2:£4.90 2&3:£19.70 1&3:£7.70

Placepot £579.50, Pool: £108073.22, 136.14 winning tickets
Quadpot £73.10, Pool: £8890.61, 89.88 winning tickets


The last two renewals have been won by Cotton Mill and The New One which is not a bad pointer to the race of this name at the Cheltenham Festival, even if the former did crash out when in contention. Whether DEPUTY DAN can prove as competitive at the Festival is open to question with Killala Quay failing to run his race and Rathvinden falling, this may not have taken too much winning. However, Masters Hill had fared best of the rest in an arguably similar contest behind Albert Bartlett favourite Kings Palace to lend some weight to the form while Splash of Ginge had got to within six lengths of leading Sky Bet Supreme and Betfair Hurdle fancy Irving over two miles at Ascot to add further substance. Deputy Dan is now four from seven under Rules, his December defeat at this track had been franked by the winner and his form is stacking up nicely. His half-brother, Minella Class, was only beaten eight lengths into sixth behind First Lieutenant in the 2011 renewal of the Neptune and he certainly deserves to take his chance although faster ground would raise a question that he has yet to answer and possibly see him re-routed to the Albert Bartlett. Masters Hill has successfully reverted to hurdling after pulling up in the Badger Ales on his reappearance and would have to be of interest in a staying handicap over the smaller obstacles granted testing ground with there always been the option to return to chasing. Splash of Ginge has had his limitations exposed since winning at Aintree but is a decent yardstick; he's out of an unraced half-sister to See More Business and his future lies over fences and he has the potential to make up into a useful staying novice next season. The same is true of Potters Cross who is biding his time and gaining experience over the smaller obstacles; he was beaten a similar level by Masters Hill at Cheltenham last time suggesting that they both ran to form over this shorter trip. Creepy certainly didn't run up to his best and he may benefit from being freshened up ahead of the spring having proved that better ground holds no fears. Rathvinden was stepping up in class after winning his three starts under Rules by a combined distance of 30 lengths. He was just moving through the field and looking sure to play a leading role in the finish (albeit they were still some way out) when coming to grief with his jumping having come under pressure as the tempo quickened. He should learn from this experience and looks well up to the required standard for this level and is one to be interested in wherever he lines up next.