Cheltenham

  • 13:30 Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle 2m 5f

  • Winner £68,340 2nd £25,644 3rd £12,840 4th £6,396
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 54.90s
  • Off time: 13:32:31
13:30 Cheltenham Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Faugheen (IRE) 6/4
2nd Ballyalton (IRE) 20/1
3rd Rathvinden (IRE) 11/2

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 1/2-1114 Light green, royal blue and light green hooped sleeves, white cap Ballyalton (IRE) 70
Course Winner
7 11-7 Ian Williams W T Kennedy 140 20/121.00
2 F/4-3 Purple, Red epaulets Cocktails At Dawn 89
6 11-7 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 119 33/134.00
3 1-14112 Dark Green and Orange (quartered), Dark Green sleeves, hooped cap Cole Harden (IRE) 25
5 11-7 t W Greatrex G Sheehan 135 40/141.00
4 121U55 Black, purple sleeves, red spots Creepy (IRE) 46
Course and Distance Winner
6 11-7 h M Keighley Ian Popham 135 40/141.00
5 4-23 Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap Cup Final (IRE) 18
5 11-7 N J Henderson A P McCoy 16/117.00
6 1-1111 Pink, Light Green spots, Pink sleeves and cap Faugheen (IRE) 74
6 11-7 W P Mullins R Walsh 152 6/42.50
7 11 Black, black and maroon striped cap Fennell Bay (IRE) 28
5 11-7 J P Ferguson D F O'Regan 135 28/129.00
8 5-1171P Yellow, blue stars on body Killala Quay 60
7 11-7 C E Longsdon R Johnson 142 25/126.00
9 6-1312 Dark Green, Maroon stars, Maroon cap Knock House (IRE) 53
Distance Winner
5 11-7 M R Channon D Elsworth 132 50/151.00
10 1212 Maroon, white star, armlets and star on cap Lieutenant Colonel 38
Beaten Favourite
5 11-7 D T Hughes B J Cooper 135 10/111.00
11 1-06223 Black, yellow triple diamond, red sleeves, yellow cap Midnight Thunder (IRE) 14
Beaten Favourite
5 11-7 C L Tizzard Brendan Powell 110 150/1151.00
12 F111F2 Dark blue and white diamonds, white sleeves, red cap Rathvinden (IRE) 46
Beaten Favourite
6 11-7 W P Mullins P Townend 151 11/26.50
13 11-1111 ROYAL BLUE, EMERALD GREEN sleeves, WHITE cap, EMERALD GREEN spots Red Sherlock 46
Course WinnerDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
5 11-7 D Pipe T Scudamore 151 7/24.50
15 1231 Emerald Green, Yellow chevron and sleeves, Red cap Shanahan's Turn (IRE) 73
6 11-7 H de Bromhead A E Lynch 50/151.00
16 212249 Turquoise, Black braces, Cerise cap Twelve Roses 76
Beaten Favourite
6 11-7 K C Bailey Sam Twiston-Davies 130 66/167.00
Non runners
141/23-311Royal Boy (FR)711-7N J HendersonB J Geraghty149

Verdict

Willie Mullins, trainer of FAUGHEEN, should know where he stands against Red Sherlock as the stable's Rathvinden, who also lines up for this, was second to David Pipe's unbeaten gelding over the course and distance in January. Ruby Walsh's mount is held in very high regard and can get the Irish off to a flying start on day two in a race in which Royal Boy looks to be the only other with a realistic chance. He's one of three trained by Nicky Henderson and has done very little wrong since reverting to hurdles, beating a subsequent winner at Ascot in December and following up over 2m at Kempton - the yard won this in 2012. Lieutenant Colonel might be suited by the step up in distance and could be the pick of the remainder ahead of Ballyalton, a little disappointing when only fourth here last time.