The Classic Novices Hurdle run on Cheltenham Festival Trails day has Grade 2 status and has been contested by some top class horses since being added to the race program in 2005. It is run over 2m4f and is sponsored by Neptune Investment Management as part of their Road to Cheltenham series.
The 2011 renewal is particularly notable as it saw the 2012 Champion Hurdler Rock on Ruby lose out to the 2013 Gold Cup favourite Bobs Worth.
Wichita Lineman and Diamond Harry are also on the roll of honour. Bobs Worth and Wichita Lineman went on to win the three mile Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle after landing this prize. The 2013 winner At Fishers Cross also seem set to go that route at the Cheltenham Festival.
Neptune Investment Management Classic Novices Hurdle Result
At Fishers Cross (IRE)
A P McCoy
Miss R Curtis
The New One (IRE)
N A Twiston-Davies
B J Geraghty
N J Henderson
P J Brennan
F M O'Brien
Classic Novices Hurdle Stats 2003-2012
Nicky Henderson has trained 2 winners since 2008 (and last years runner up)
Barry Geraghty has ridden 2 of the 7 winners
5 out of 7 winners had official ratings. 4 of the 5 were rated 140+
The favourite has won on 3 occasions but not since 2009