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

  • (4yo+, 2m 4f 110y, Class 1, 11 runners)
  • Winner £14,238 2nd £5,342 3rd £2,675 4th £1,332 5th £670 6th £335
  • Going: Good to Soft
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 5m 2.70s
  • Off time: 15:10:29

Full Result

15:10 Cheltenham
Pos Dist Horse Trainer Age Weight Jockey SP
1st 6 Batonnier (FR) A King 6 11-5 W Hutchinson 12/1
SP 12/1 Held up in last pair, steady headway 3 out, challenged last, led flat, ridden out flat opened 11/1
2nd 3 1 Broadbackbob (IRE) N J Henderson 7 11-12 A Tinkler 13/8f
SP 13/8f Mid-division, headway when mistake 7th, challenged on outside after 3 out, led after next, ridden when mistake last, headed flat, kept on same pace opened 6/4 touched 7/4
3rd 11 Secret Edge A King 4 11-0 Charlie Huxley 12/1
SP 12/1 Tracked leaders, driven after 2 out, ridden and every chance approaching last, kept on same pace flat opened 10/1
4th 8 Hard To Swallow (IRE) M Keighley 6 11-5 A P Cawley 13/2
SP 13/2 Mid-division, ridden to chase leaders after 2 out, kept on same pace under pressure approaching last, went 4th after last, no impression opened 9/1
5th 16 2 Forgotten Gold (IRE) T R George 6 11-12 L Heard 20/1
SP 20/1 Led, headed after 2 out, kept on same pace, 4th and held when blundered last, weakened flat
6th 15 3 Knight Pass (IRE) W Greatrex 6 11-12 P J Brennan 4/1
SP 4/1 In touch on inside, outpaced 3 out, switched outside before next, ridden and weakened between last 2
7th 7 5 Hawk Mountain (UAE) J J Quinn 7 11-9 D C Costello 33/1
SP 33/1 Held up towards rear, outpaced 3 out, weakened after next opened 25/1
8th 18 7 Catch Tammy (IRE) D Pipe 6 11-5 T Scudamore 66/1
SP 66/1 Pressed leader, lost place when not fluent 2 out, soon ridden and weakened
9th 9 Low Gales (IRE) C J Mann 6 11-5 N Fehily 150/1
SP 150/1 Tracked leaders, lost place before 3 out, soon behind
PU 4 Bowntobebad (IRE) J Scott 7 11-9 J M Maguire 50/1
SP 50/1 Mid-division on outside, lost place 7th, soon behind, pulled up 3 out opened 40/1
PU 10 Polisky (FR) P F Nicholls 5 11-5 R Walsh 5/1
SP 5/1 Held up in last pair, struggling 7th, pulled up before 3 out opened 13/2 touched 9/2

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win £11.80 Tote Place £2.30 £1.20 £3.30 Straight Forecast £31.52 Exacta £29.80 Trifecta £167.50 Swingers 1&2 £5.50, 2&3 £6.50, 1&3 £4.80

Jackpot £16,666.60, Pool: £20710.4, 1.5 winning tickets
Placepot £145.00, Pool: £178971.17, 900.77 winning tickets
Quadpot £14.20, Pool: £13422.49, 696.95 winning tickets

Analysis

A great afternoon for Alan King and Wayne Hutchinson was completed as BATONNIER broke his duck with a convincing victory. Connections had been surprised by his second at the track on New Year's Day and the fact that he was allowed to go off here at 12-1 suggested he was still somewhat of an unknown quantity. Covered up in mid-division in the early stages, he moved menacingly into contention at the top of the hill on the second circuit before cruising down to the second last tucked in behind the pacesetters. He was clearly going the best of the leading quartet from the home turn and once switched left to challenge, he outjumped favourite Broadbackbob over the last before staying on driven out all the way to the line. The Neptune Investment Hurdle at the Festival is now firmly on the radar for him and 20-1 in a place possibly underestimates his chance a little. The runner-up was a popular choice following wins at Ascot and Newbury at the back end of last year. He put up a solid effort in this better grade but was under strong pressure turning for home and a mistake at the last meant he lost crucial momentum. He was giving the winner 7lb so it was another decent display all things considered. Juvenile hurdler Secret Edge ran a blinder in third place and clearly relished the step up in trip from two miles. He bumped into a couple of useful types last time at Chepstow in a Grade 1 for his own age group and earns great credit for his toughness and consistency. Options for him are open but he should be adding to his tally before the season is over. Hard To Swallow had chased home the winner on New Year's Day but was further behind a rapidly improving type on this occasion. He looked like he was going to drop away after a slight mistake two out but then got his second win and stuck on in promising fashion off the home turn. If connections were to drop him into a maiden hurdle or run-of-the-mill novice contest over this trip or further, he would take all the beating next time. Forgotten Gold also ran on New Year's Day against Battonier and also saw the distance he was beaten by him increased. He set a good gallop and those exertions caught up with him from the home bend, although it was not a bad effort once more. Knight Pass scored well in a handicap at Kempton on Boxing Day and looked a threat coming down the hill now upped in class. He was on the heels of the winner two out but soon came under pressure and found disappointingly little when push came to shove. The market suggested better was expected and his two visits to Cheltenham have seen him perform below par - perhaps this just isn't his track and he remains a promising horse. Catch Tammy beat a retreat from the second last, Hawk Mountain could never land a blow at this level while Bowntobebad and Polisky were the first two beaten in the race. The latter attracted some good support in the betting ring but Ruby Walsh never looked very happy from an early stage. He administered a couple of sharp reminders passing the stands but the game was soon up down the far side of the track and stumps were drawn. There is surely ability there but that was a second consecutive moderate display and he has questions to answer now.