• 14:05 Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle 2m 5f

  • Winner: £
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf


  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 5m 2.80s
  • Off time: 14:05:21
14:05 Cheltenham Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Peddlers Cross (IRE) 7/1
2nd Reve De Sivola (FR) 15/2
3rd Rite Of Passage 7/2


No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 301571 Emerald Green, Orange star, Emerald Green sleeves, Orange stars and cap Baily Rock (IRE) 79
7 11-7 M F Morris M Ferris 121 100/1101.00
2 142213 Scarlet, Emerald Green sleeves, Black and Emerald Green hooped cap Consulate (IRE) 125
6 11-7 G F Edwards Mr D Edwards 117 200/1201.00
3 F/1-131 White, black cap Finian's Rainbow (IRE) 25
7 11-7 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 145 11/26.50
4 1121 Royal blue, red sleeves, white spots and cap Ghizao (GER) 55
Course Winner
6 11-7 P F Nicholls Timmy Murphy 136 20/121.00
5 32-8121 Maroon and White diabolo, White sleeves, quartered cap Gus Macrae (IRE) 16
6 11-7 t Miss R Curtis T Scudamore 131 50/151.00
6 24-5114 White and Emerald Green stripes, Emerald Green cap Hollo Ladies (IRE) 45
5 11-7 N Meade Paul Carberry 40/141.00
7 13173 WHITE, RED disc, hooped cap Manyriverstocross (IRE) 32
5 11-7 A King R Thornton 138 12/113.00
8 1-111 Yellow, Royal Blue seams, Grey sleeves, Royal Blue seams, Royal Blue cap Peddlers Cross (IRE) 53
5 11-7 D McCain Jnr J M Maguire 148 7/18.00
9 3/2-116P BLACK and WHITE check, YELLOW sleeves, BLACK and WHITE quartered cap Quartano (GER) 46
Beaten FavouriteCourse WinnerDistance Winner
7 11-7 W Greatrex Wayne Hutchinson 123 100/1101.00
10 14-1112 Black, light blue sleeves, red cap Quel Esprit (FR) 52
Beaten Favourite
6 11-7 W P Mullins R Walsh 5/16.00
11 326-121 White, Red triple diamond, Royal Blue sleeves, White stars, White cap, Red diamonds Reve De Sivola (FR) 78
Distance Winner
5 11-7 Nick Williams D A Jacob 146 15/28.50
12 113-411 PURPLE, yellow cross of lorraine, yellow cap Rite Of Passage 28
6 11-7 D K Weld R P McNamara 7/24.50
13 633 Pale Blue, Campbell Tartan hooped sleeves, Royal Blue  cap Sleepy Hollow 86
5 11-7 H Morrison D C Costello 120 100/1101.00
14 122263 ORANGE, black star, diabolo on sleeves, white and black hooped cap Some Present (IRE) 38
7 11-7 T Mullins D N Russell 14/115.00
15 421141 Crazy Quilt Summit Meeting 36
5 11-7 Mrs J Harrington R M Power 10/111.00
16 52-1523 Red and White check, Black and White check sleeves, Royal Blue cap The Giant Bolster 17
Beaten Favourite
5 11-7 D G Bridgwater R Greene 127 200/1201.00
17 F1-11 Black and Beige (halved), chevrons on sleeves, Beige cap The Knoxs (IRE) 56
7 11-7 J Howard Johnson D F O'Regan 132 28/129.00


After the defeat of Dunguib yesterday, Irish backers will be hoping for better from RITE OF PASSAGE and he can provide compensation by beating Finian's Rainbow, Quel Espirit and Peddlers Cross. Dermot Weld's charge took third behind Dunguib in last year's Champion Bumper before disappointing at Punchestown, but he's done nothing but improve since returning this season. After winning a decent handicap on the level, the talented six-year-old made a winning start over timber and has followed that up with victory since. He's yet to be tried at the top level but on what we've seen has the engine for the job, whilst the fluency he showed over the obstacles last time will stand him in good stead. He's no ground concerns and should get the trip with the minimum of fuss, so gets our confident vote. There are dangers though; Quel Espirit wasn't far behind our pick in the bumper here last year and can be forgiven a poor run last time whilst Peddlers Cross is unbeaten and remains the apple of his trainer's eye. The concern with both is that this ground will be the fastest they've encountered, so perhaps a bigger danger is Finian's Rainbow. Nicky Henderson's charge arrived at Seven Barrows with a tall reputation and, as a point-to-point winner, this trip should serve him well. He's done very little wrong under rules either with a sole defeat coming on bottomless ground, so having prepared well for this with a victory last time out he must be taken seriously. His defeat at Chepstow came courtesy of Reve de Sivola, so Nick Williams' animal is considered but with ground conditions entirely different the form should be reversed. Summit Meeting could enter the frame at a decent price but may need to improve upon his win last time and again this ground could be on the fast side, so of more interest at prices are Ghizao and Manyriverstocross. The last-named ran well at Newbury last time out behind yesterday's Supreme Novice second Get Me Out Of Here but should be much more at home over today's trip, whilst Ghizao is well regarded and his sole defeat came at the hands of a smart rival. Some Present is another who shouldn't be ruled out entirely as his placed form is working out well, but this top class race can go to the potentially top class Rite Of Passage.