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Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle 2012
Wed, Mar 14th, 2012

Our jockey tips really came good for the Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle 2012. Barry Geraghty had been making very positive noises about Simonsig and tipped him in our Cheltenham Festival tipping challenge. We highlighted Tony Mullins claim that the 2nd Felix Yonger was great each way bet in our race write up too. Here is the full result of the 2012 Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle:

Pos.

Horse

SP

Age

Jockey

Trainer

1

Simonsig

2/1

6

B J Geraghty

N J Henderson

2

Felix Yonger (IRE)

16/1

6

P Townend

W P Mullins

3

Monksland (IRE)

11/2

5

P Carberry

N Meade

4

Close House

33/1

5

T Scudamore

D Pipe

5

Sous Les Cieux (FR)

11/2

6

R Walsh

W P Mullins

6

Nagpur (FR)

66/1

6

Aidan Coleman

Miss V Williams

7

Make Your Mark (IRE)

15/2

5

D N Russell

W P Mullins

8

Double Ross (IRE)

33/1

6

S Twiston-Davies

N A Twiston-Davies

9

Fiulin

80/1

7

Conor O'farrell

D Pipe

10

Benefficient (IRE)

14/1

6

Bryan J cooper

A J Martin

11

Nelson's Bridge (IRE)

16/1

5

A P McCoy

N J Henderson

12

Secret Edge

25/1

4

R Thornton

A King

13

Sunny Ledgend

100/1

7

Mr S Drinkwater

Andrew Martin

14

Natural High (IRE)

100/1

7

T Doyle

P Rich

15

Brass Tax (IRE)

100/1

6

D A Jacob

B I Case

PU

Baldadash (IRE)

200/1

7

Paul Moloney

George Baker

UR

Cotton Mill

8/1

5

D F O'Regan

J P Ferguson

Here are our pre-race musings :

This looks like it could be a very good renewal.  Ruby Walsh has won two of the last four on Willie Mullin's trained horses. This year he rides Sous les Cieux. Simonsig looks to have a serious chance for Geraghty/ Henderson combo .Tell us what you fancy and keep us updated with news from the Festival previews on the forum. Our Neptune Investment  Novice Hurdle thread is here.

Jockey Tips: Jason Maguire has won the Neptune twice in the last decade and has the best record of the four top jockeys taking up the Fat Jockey Cheltenham Festival Tips challenge. Batonnier won at Cheltenham in January and is Choc Thornton's ride. Did our jockeys give us any clues about their festival rides with their tips ? To see if they had a pick in the in the Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle and to get all their free tips click here

Here are some of the comments from the preview circuit:

DAVY RUSSELL : Simonsig "has done nothing wrong" and is his bet of the meeting.

TONY MULLINS : Felix Younger is a cracking each way bet

PATRICK MULLINS : Make your Mark "has a good chance." DAVY RUSSELL disagreed and said he "isn't good enough

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About the race : The Neptune is the second horse race run on the second day of the Cheltenham Festival. Novice Hurdle races are restricted to horses that have not won a hurdle race before the start of the current season. It is run on the Old Course at Cheltenham over a distance of 2 miles and 5 furlongs. The race is run over ten obstacles on the  old course at Cheltenham and over a distance of 2m 5f. This race is classified as a Grade 1 race and carries a total prize fund of £100,000.  

Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle 2012 Stats : Fat Jockey Cheltenham Trends

Last Run: Seven out of the last ten winners have won their prep race with the other three winners placed. Last years winner First Lieutenant had the longest break (77 days) the other nine winners had their last race between 18 and 60 days before the Neptune.

Starting Price: Only one favourite has won in the last decade with overall numbers of  4 2 2 0/0 2 5 0 1 3 3. Nine of the last ten winners have come from the first five in the betting. Massinis Maguire at 20/1 in 2007 was the outlier.

Age : The last ten wins have been evenly shsred by 5 and 6 year olds.  French Holly has been the only seven year old winner since 1974.

Trainers Nicky Henderson trains this year favourite Simonsig. Henderson has had 22 runners in this race and never won it. Last years 6th place finish for Minella Class was just his third top ten finish since 1990. Nicky's other top ten finishers completed in 7th and 5th. Irish and English train horses have shared wins in the past decade. Irish have had the edge recently with 4 of the last 6. Willie Mullins has 2 of the last 4.

 

Likely Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle 2012 Runners

No.

Form

Horse

Age

Wt

Trainer

Jockey

OR

1

31-5353

Baldadash (IRE) 5

7

11-7

George Baker

Paul Moloney

113

2

52-2321

Batonnier (FR) 46

6

11-7

A King

R Thornton

138

3

3-0U1P1

Benefficient (IRE) 31

6

11-7

A J Martin

BJ Cooper

136

4

150-242

Brass Tax (IRE) 24

6

11-7

B I Case

D A Jacob

128

5

212-31

Close House 90

5

11-7

D Pipe

T Scudamore

118

6

111

Cotton Mill 60

5

11-7

J P Ferguson

D F O'Regan

139

7

351320

Double Ross (IRE) 26

6

11-7

N A Twiston-Davies

S Twiston-Davies

130

8

210-211

Felix Yonger (IRE) 17

6

11-7

W P Mullins

137

9

7/230P-1

Fiulin 24

7

11-7

D Pipe

130

10

1113

Make Your Mark (IRE) 45

5

11-7

W P Mullins

11

R111

Monksland (IRE) 66

5

11-7

N Meade

P Carberry

12

0-FP112

Nagpur (FR) 20

6

11-7

Miss V Williams

Aidan Coleman

139

13

1/1

Natural High (IRE) 186

7

11-7

P Rich

14

11

Nelson's Bridge (IRE) 55

5

11-7

N J Henderson

A P McCoy

15

F1-1121

Simonsig 28

6

11-7

N J Henderson

B J Geraghty

148

16

3/2-1132

Sous Les Cieux (FR) 31

6

11-7

W P Mullins

R Walsh

145

17

395-121

Sunny Ledgend 17

7

11-7

Andrew Martin

Mr S Drinkwater

130

18

8110-21

The Tracey Shuffle 29

6

11-7

D Pipe

19

213133

Secret Edge 46

4

10-12

A King

W Hutchinson

138

Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle 2012 Latest Odds

 

Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle Winners Since 2002 

Year

Horse

Age

SP 

Jockey

Trainer

2002

Galileo

6

 12/1

Jason Maguire

Tom George

2003

Hardy Eustace

6

 6/1

Kieran Kelly

Dessie Hughes

2004

Fundamentalist

6

 12/1

Carl Llewellyn

Nigel Twiston-Davies

2005

No Refuge

5

 17/2

Graham Lee

Howard Johnson

2006

Nicanor

5

 17/2

Paul Carberry

Noel Meade

2007

Massini's Maguire

6

 20/1

Richard Johnson

Philip Hobbs

2008

Fiveforthree

6

 7/1

Ruby Walsh

Willie Mullins

2009

Mikael d'Haguenet

5

 5/2F

Ruby Walsh

Willie Mullins

2010

Peddlers Cross

5

 7/1

Jason Maguire

Donald McCain, Jr.

2011

First Lieutenant

6

 7/1

Davy Russell

Mouse Morris

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