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14:10 Cheltenham

Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle (Class 2)

  • 4 Runners
  • Distance: 2m 5f 26y
  • Going: Good (Watered)
  • Surface: Turf
  • £17,000 added
  • Winner: £10,635
  • 2nd: £3,142
  • 3rd: £1,571
  • 4th: £785
Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 5m 50.20s
  • Off Time: 14:12:11
  • 4 Ran
1st
Silk -
1
Silk - White, purple star, white sleeves, purple stars, white cap, purple star
5/2
  • Form 40-1141
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-6
  • Official Rating 133
  • Trainer C Byrnes
  • Jockey D N Russell

set very slow pace until quickened after 5th, went clear briefly, headed after next, led off last bend, driven flat, headed final 75 yards

2
Silk - Royal blue and yellow (quartered), royal blue sleeves, yellow spots, royal blue cap
6/5
  • Form 831-111
  • Age 5
  • Weight 11-6
  • Official Rating 139
  • Trainer P F Nicholls
  • Jockey S Bowen

tracked leaders, went 2nd 6th, soon led, headed off last bend, stayed on flat, led again final 75 yards

3
Silk - Royal blue, white seams, royal blue cap, white star
  • Form F/2212-1
  • Age 5
  • Weight 11-3
  • Trainer N A Twiston-Davies
  • Jockey Ryan Hatch

tracked leaders, jumped slowly 2nd, outpaced after next, never lost touch but could never get back on terms

4
Silk - White, Mauve sash

Pickamix

19 t
13/2
  • Form 3-11
  • Age 5
  • Weight 10-12
  • Trainer C J Mann
  • Jockey N D Fehily

tracked leader, pace quickened after 5th, not fluent 2 out, soon ridden and outpaced, beaten after, stayed on

5
NR
  • Form 44552-1
  • Age 5
  • Weight 10-10
  • Trainer F O'Brien
  • Jockey P J Brennan

NonRunner

Previous results

In depth

Verdict

EL BANDIT's victory in the Grade 2 Persian War at Chepstow was a big step up on his earlier form. If he's improved again, he should have too much for Black Warrior, though Charles Byrnes' raider did well to land a competitive handicap at Cork back in August. Colin's Sister almost threw away certain victory at Chepstow with a last-flight blunder but she will have learned from that and looks a nice prospect. The same can be said of Templeross and Pickamix, though this is a big ask early in their hurdling careers.

Formwatch

Black Warrior (IRE) 8-1 (11-5) Chased leaders, improved to challenge into straight, on terms 3 out, led between last 2, strongly pressed and stayed on well run-in, won at Cork 2m 4f hcp gd in Aug beating Coolmill (10-3) by 1/2l, 13 ran.

El Bandit (IRE) 13-2 (11-4) Held up towards rear, headway halfway, chased leaders 4 out, every chance after 2 out, led just after last, all out, won at Chepstow 2m 3f (1) gd in Oct beating Coo Star Sivola (11-0) by 1l, 9 ran.

Templeross (IRE) 8-15fav (10-12) Tracked leader, driven to challenge 2 out, led before last, stayed on well, won at Newton Abbot 2m 6f (4) gd in Sep beating Rainy City (12-2) by 1 3/4l, 3 ran.

Pickamix 3-1 (11-0) Not always fluent, tracked leaders, pecked 6th, mistake next, led after 2 out, edged left flat, stayed on, won at Uttoxeter 2m 4f mdn (4) gs in Oct beating Royal Plaza (11-0) by 3l, 8 ran.

Colin's Sister 2-1fav (10-12) Mid-division, headway 6th, tracked clear leader after next, close up 4 out, led next, driven clear between last 2, ridden out flat, held on, won at Chepstow 2m 3f (4) gd in Oct beating Queens Well (10-12) by 2l, 9 ran.