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  • 15:05 Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle 2m 4f 110y

  • (Registered As The Classic Novices' Hurdle) (Grade 2) £25,000 added 4yo+ 10 ran
  • Winner £14,252 2nd £5,348 3rd £2,678 4th £1,335
  • Going: Good to Soft, Good in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Off time: 15:07:06

Bob proves his Worth

Promising Henderson novice enhances reputation

Last Updated: 29/01/11 6:12pm

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Bobs Worth: Impressive winner

Bobs Worth: Impressive winner

Bobs Worth ran out a game winner of the Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle (Registered As The Classic Novices' Hurdle).

Sent off a well-backed 7-2 shot, the Nicky Henderson-trained gelding travelled smoothly throughout the race.

Ridden by Barry Geraghty, he laid down a challenge to the hot favourite Backspin turning for home, and having fended him off, he then saw off a determined challenge from Rock On Ruby in the final furlong.

Geraghty said: "Myself and my brother bought this horse as a yearling and Nicky stole him off me!

"He's a very good horse. He was very green during the race but wasn't going to get beaten after the last.

"That was a good race and he couldn't have done any more than he did."

Henderson added: "It was a good performance. I thought we might be flying a bit high coming here but the amazing thing about this horse is that he's very laid back and he's got a great attitude.

"He travelled very well and he's gone away in the end. He'll go straight to the Festival."

Henderson added: "We've got a few more to come and it's a question of juggling them around between two miles, two and a half and three.

"Two and a half would be the trip for this one."

Paul Nicholl's charge lost his unbeaten record over hurdles, but ran a game race in second at 6-1, with Habbie Simpson (9-1) back in third.

Rock On Ruby's trainer Paul Nicholls added: "I thought he ran a good race and the ground might not have been quick enough for him.

"He'll go straight for the two-and-a-half-miler back here at the Festival."

Backspin's trainer Jonjo O'Neill said: "He jumped nicely and was going as well as any turning into the straight, but he just wasn't good enough today and he was beaten as well as any."

Backspin (13-8) eventually filled fourth spot.

Bobs Worth is the new 5/1 favourite from 16s for the two-and-a-half mile novice at Cheltenham with Sky Bet.

Spokesperson Matt Doyle said: 'Nicky Henderson's embarrassment of riches among his novices will result in a juggling act for Cheltenham but the winner is Neptune bound on the back of such an impressive performance in his dress rehearsal.'

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