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  • 13:55 Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle 2m 4f

  • (Registered As The Winter Novices' Hurdle) (Grade 2) £30,000 added 4yo+ 5 ran
  • Winner £17,085 2nd £6,411 3rd £3,210 4th £1,599
  • Going: Soft, Heavy in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 5m 12.46s
  • Off time: 13:55:39

Full result

13:55 Sandown Park Result 5th December 2014
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st Vyta Du Roc (FR) 11-7 B J Geraghty N J Henderson 5 7/4f
Tracked leading pair, closer in 2nd after 3 out, dropped to 3rd briefly before 2 out, stayed on between last two, led last, hard driven run-in, all out opened 7/4 touched 7/4 £3500-£2000
2nd nse Shantou Bob (IRE) 11-4 G Sheehan W Greatrex 6 4/1
Chased clear leader until soon after 3 out, soon outpaced, rallied on outside under pressure before 2 out,upsides last, hung left run-in, chased winner final 75 yards, strong challenge near finish, just failed opened 9/2 touched 9/2 £1800-£400
3rd Tara Point 10-11 Sam Twiston-Davies P F Nicholls 5 5/2
Raced freely, given 4 lengths lead start, led, drew further clear on long run to 4th, reduced lead 3 out, held together from 2 out, headed last, driven and chased winner until 75 yards out, soon no extra in 3rd opened 9/4 touched 5/2 £10000-£4000 £1000-£400
4th 16 Ordo Ab Chao (IRE) 11-4 D F O'Regan A King 5 7/2
Held up tracking leading trio, 2nd before 2 out until 2 out, ridden and weakened between last two opened 9/2 touched 9/2
5th 43 Third Act (IRE) 11-0 D A Jacob C L Tizzard 5 40/1
Mistake 1st, held up last, hit 6th, 4th after 3 out until weakened before next, behind and eased, tailed off opened 33/1 touched 40/1

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £0.00 Tote Place: ££1.40,£2.00
Straight Forecast: £0.00 Exacta: £0.00 Trifecta: £0.00

Placepot: £157.10, Pool: £75952.41, 352.88 winning tickets
Quadpot: £12.90, Pool: £6902.46, 394.73 winning tickets

Verdict

Nicky Henderson: "He does his work well at home. You don't have to throw the kitchen sink at him, but you've just got to keep him at it. He's won two pretty decent novices now. It's funny how they get him off the bridle early on and he has to find his way back. He's a lovely big horse and has a future. He rode today like it was his first run. It was tough going for them all when he won at Cheltenham and it's hard work here. Barry said he wouldn't have won at two miles, so he probably needs the two and a half. We'll have to look at the Neptune and those races. That's his line, I would think."