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  • 15:25 Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle 2m 5f

  • (Registered As The Hyde Novices' Hurdle) (Grade 2) £25,000 added 4yo+ 9 ran
  • Winner £14,238 2nd £5,342 3rd £2,675 4th £1,332
  • Going: Soft
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 5m 34.20s
  • Off time: 15:25:23

Coneygree made all the running in the Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham

Last Updated: 18/11/12 5:12pm

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Coneygree: Kept up the family honour

Coneygree: Kept up the family honour

Coneygree (8-1), a half-brother to Carruthers, gamely landed the Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham.

There were many more fancied runners than Mark Bradstock's five year old in the Grade Two contest registered as the Hyde Novices' Hurdle but he held them all at bay from the front.

His half-brother relishes testing conditions and the winner seems to be a chip off the old bloke having kept finding and repelling a variety of challenges in the two mile five furlong contest.

Village Vic was well backed throughout the day following his second to The New One on his hurdling bow but the writing was on the wall for supporters of the favourite by two out.

It was left to Tony McCoy and Bondage to give chase but they never looked like reeling in Coneygree and Matty Batchelor and were seven lengths adrift at the line with a further five back to According To Trev.

There was an encouraging run from Martin Keighley's Creepy who finished fourth on his hurdling bow in a race that the trainer won with Champion Court back in 2010.

Bradstock said: "It doesn't look much fun out there on the ground. It was a brave performance to go out there and make the running. He's a completely different stamp of a horse to Carruthers.

"Carruthers is only 16 hands and struggles to carry a big weight, whereas you'd hope this fellow could as he looks a proper chaser.

"You could look at either the two-and-a-half (Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle) or the three-miler (Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle) back here in March."

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