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

  • (4yo+, 2m 4f 110y, Class 1, 10 runners)
  • Winner £14,252 2nd £5,348 3rd £2,678 4th £1,335 5th £670 6th £335
  • Going: Good to Soft, Good in places
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Off time: 15:07:06

Full Result

15:05 Cheltenham
Pos Dist Horse Trainer Age Weight Jockey SP
1st 3 Bobs Worth (IRE) N J Henderson 6 11-12 B J Geraghty 7/2
SP 7/2 Chased leaders, carried right bend before 2 out, went 2nd soon after, led well before last, joined last, hung left and pressed after last, straightened and stayed on to assert final 110 yards (no time taken) opened 9/2 £4500-£1000
2nd 5 Rock On Ruby (IRE) P F Nicholls 6 11-12 t Harry Skelton 6/1
SP 6/1 Held up in rear, steady headway approaching 6th, chased leaders and hit 2 out, chased winner approaching last, every chance when hung left under pressure flat, no extra and held when rider dropped whip final 110 yards opened 5/1 £1500-£300
3rd 9 7 Habbie Simpson A King 6 11-9 R Thornton 9/1
SP 9/1 In touch on inside, headway from 3 out, chased leaders and hit 2 out, stayed on to well held 3rd flat, never any chance with leading duo
4th nk 2 Backspin (IRE) Jonjo O'Neill 6 11-12 A P McCoy 11/8f
SP 11/8f Took keen hold, chased leaders, led 6th, hung left and headed well before last, soon lost 2nd, weakened to 4th flat £4875-£3000 £1625-£1000(x2) £1300-£800(x2) £650-£400 £4500-£2000 £3000-£2000(x6) £1500-£1000(x20) £1200-£800(x9) £750-£500(x2) £600-£400(x3) £1375-£1000(x2)
5th 9 8 Brunswick Gold (IRE) S Gollings 6 11-5 R P Flint 50/1
SP 50/1 Took keen hold, held up towards rear, headway and pushed along after 3 out, weakened soon after
6th 9 Ohio Gold (IRE) C L Tizzard 5 11-5 J Tizzard 33/1
SP 33/1 Led, hit 3rd, headed next, stayed front rank, hit 7th, weakened and mistake 3 out £6600-£100
7th 1 11 Sivola De Sivola (FR) T R George 5 11-5 T Scudamore 33/1
SP 33/1 Raced wide, held up, mistake and ridden 7th, in rear when hit next opened 40/1
8th 10 Rose Of The Moon (IRE) M F Harris 6 11-5 Jake Greenall 16/1
SP 16/1 Always in rear, never in contention
9th 10 4 Champion Court (IRE) M Keighley 6 11-12 W Marston 11/1
SP 11/1 Chased leaders, went 2nd approaching 3 out, hung right on bend before next, weakened well before last, tailed off opened 10/1
PU 6 Drive Time (USA) J Howard Johnson 6 11-9 B Hughes 20/1
SP 20/1 Chased leader 2nd, led 4th, hit next, mistake and headed 6th, weakened quickly 3 out, behind and pulled up before next opened 16/1
NR 1 Astracad (FR) N A Twiston-Davies 5 11-12 P J Brennan

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win £4.70 Tote Place £1.90 £1.80 £2.30 Straight Forecast £23.66 Exacta £22.30 Trifecta £106.80 Swingers 1&2 £2.90, 2&3 £7.20, 1&3 £7.10

Jackpot £48,362.50, Pool: £68116.26, 1.0 winning tickets
Placepot £268.60, Pool: £222021.02, 603.2 winning tickets
Quadpot £29.40, Pool: £16978.21, 426.47 winning tickets

Analysis

One of the most taking performances of the afternoon as BOBS WORTH really stamped his Festival claims. It wasn't the fact that he won, but that he travelled with so much purpose, took being hampered in his stride, and then fended off a determined challenger after the last having been headed. All these added up mean that he looks a live player for the Neptune Novices' Hurdle, for which he has been shortened to clear 5-1 favourite. He's also in the Supreme Novices' market, and his high cruising speed means that isn't out of the question, however the longer race looks tailor-made for him. The runner-up deserves a lot of credit. Whilst Backspin and Bobs Worth were settling down to fight it out off the turn for home, Paul Nicholls' charge still had several lengths to find. However, taking the step up in trip in his stride, he made up the ground and even jumped into the lead at the last with a flying leap. His jockey was a bit untidy in the final furlong, taking an age to pull his whip through, but any momentum lost there was not enough to alter the result. The credit goes to the winner, who was probably idling slightly in front, and as soon as he saw his rival he quickened again close home. Credit also goes to the third home Habbie Simpson. Saving ground on the inside for a long way, he looks an honest horse and a solid yardstick for the race. Red-hot favourite Backspin, backed in from 3-1 in the morning, travelled well at the head of affairs for a long way. He was generally very slick at his obstacles but he paid the price for being too keen early on (including on his way down to the start). Whilst he has lost his unbeaten record, and been usurped for Cheltenham favouritism, he didn't lose too much caste in defeat. Champion Court jumped poorly throughout, and persistently out to his right, and was a spent force with some way to run, whilst the chasers-to-be Brunswick Gold and Ohio Gold both stayed on stoutly up the hill having been outpaced. Further back Sivola De Sivola ran a nice race, improving for the step up in trip, and is one to note when his sights are lowered.