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14:10 Cheltenham

Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle (Class 2)

  • 6 Runners
  • Distance: 2m 5f
  • Going: Good, Good to Firm in places
  • Surface: Turf
  • £20,000 added
  • Winner: £12,524
  • 2nd: £3,700
  • 3rd: £1,850
  • 4th: £926
Weighed In
  • Off Time: 14:11:08
  • 6 Ran
1
Silk - MAROON, yellow hoop, hooped sleeves, yellow diamond on cap
11/8
  • Form 1-21212
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-6

held up in 5th, headway 3 out, challenged last, led flat, stayed on

2
Silk - Emerald Green, Yellow chevron and sleeves, Red cap
  • Form 241610
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-6
  • Official Rating 122

held up in rear, headway 3 out, led after next, hard pressed last, headed flat, kept on

3
Silk - BLACK and WHITE (halved), RED sleeves and cap
  • Form 86-1211
  • Age 5
  • Weight 11-6
  • Official Rating 123

held up in 4th, headway 3 out, led next, soon headed, kept on same pace approaching last

4
Silk - Red, White hoops, Royal Blue sleeves, White stars, Red cap
  • Form 7001-
  • Age 5
  • Weight 11-3

led, mistake 5th, headed 2 out, soon weakened

5
Silk - Beige, Grey sleeves and cap
14/1
  • Form F3/01-1
  • Age 5
  • Weight 11-3

tracked leader, ridden 3 out, lost place next, soon weakened

6
Silk - Purple, Pink stars, Purple sleeves, Purple cap, Pink star
12/1
  • Form 84742-
  • Age 5
  • Weight 10-12
  • Official Rating 122

tracked leading pair, mistake 5th, lost place 3 out, soon weakened, tailed off

In depth

Verdict

A chance is taken on FLAMING GORGE. Nick Williams has done well here in the past and this gelding impressed when last seen in April on his first start for the yard. He sauntered home at Chepstow in desperate going where he ran his rivals into the ground and if granted an easy lead today might take some pegging back. There's No Panic will be popular given connections but he was well-placed this summer and he has to improve, whilst Queiros Bleu represents an in-form trainer. He has more experience than most in the race and an official rating of 134, albeit flattering, makes him a major player. Fellow Irish raider Final Day should appreciate the greater test of stamina than at Galway in July, but along with the progressive former point-to-pointer Total Submission is reluctantly taken on.

Formwatch

Final Day (IRE) 2-1fav (11-12) Raced in moderate 3rd, jumped slightly left, slight mistake 3 out, ridden approaching next where closing and not fluent, chased winner into straight, no impression and drifted left run-in, kept on same pace, 2nd of 7, 3 1/2l behind Ballyadam Brook (11-12) at Galway 2m nh nov hdl gd in Jul.

Queiros Bleu (FR) 10-1 (11-7) Mid-division, mistake 4 out, soon beaten, 10th of 13, 41l behind One Cool Tornado (11-7) at Listowel 2m 4f nh nov hdl gd in Sep.

There's No Panic (IRE) 4-11fav (11-7) Held up in touch, smooth headway to 2nd before 4 out, led 3 out, driven and idled before 2 out, in command between last 2, won at Newton Abbot 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Aug beating Kings Riches (10-9) by 2 1/2l, 9 ran.

Flaming Gorge (IRE) 14-1 (11-0) Made all, stayed on strongly from 2 out, won at Chepstow 2m NH mdn hdl (4) hvy in Apr beating It's Brown (11-0) by 13l, 7 ran.

Total Submission 3-1fav (11-0) Tracked leader, led after 4 out, kept on well from last, driven out, won at Uttoxeter 2m mdn hdl (5) gs in May beating Blue Monster (11-0) by 1 1/4l, 11 ran.

Ceepeegee (IRE) 16-1 (11-1) Set slow pace until before 2nd, remained close up, led approaching 2 out, soon headed, 1 length down and ridden when mistake last, no impression, 2nd of 9, 7l behind Pendower (11-1) at Newbury 2m 5f mdn hdl (3) sft in Mar.