Today's racecards

Cheltenham

  • 14:05 Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle 2m 5f

  • Winner £68,340 2nd £25,644 3rd £12,840 4th £6,396
  • Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 5m 15.60s
  • Off time: 14:05:34
14:05 Cheltenham Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st The New One (IRE) 7/2
2nd Rule The World 5/1
3rd Pont Alexandre (GER) 6/4

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 1-11 Navy Blue, Scarlet stripe and cap Chatterbox (IRE) 32
Nag me
5 11-7 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 143 9/110.00
2 2-1424 YELLOW, dark blue sash, dark blue cap, yellow star Minsk (IRE) 32
Nag me
5 11-7 D T Hughes D E Mullins 142 33/134.00
3 111 Pink, Light Green spots, Pink sleeves and cap Pont Alexandre (GER) 45
Nag me
5 11-7 W P Mullins R Walsh 154 6/42.50
5 1-1211 Maroon, white star, armlets and star on cap Rule The World 66
Nag me
6 11-7 M F Morris D N Russell 149 5/16.00
7 1211 Red, emerald green Cross Of Lorraine and sleeves Taquin Du Seuil (FR) 74
Nag meDistance Winner
6 11-7 Jonjo O'Neill A P McCoy 149 6/17.00
8 61-1112 Red, white star, red sleeves, black stars, white cap, red star The New One (IRE) 46
Nag meBeaten FavouriteCourse WinnerDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
5 11-7 N A Twiston-Davies S Twiston-Davies 152 7/24.50
9 1-111 Red, Emerald Green disc, Emerald Green sleeves, Red stars Two Rockers (IRE) 25
Nag meDistance Winner
6 11-7 A King W Hutchinson 145 16/117.00
10 3P4-234 Yellow and dark green diabolo, dark green and yellow striped sleeves, quartered cap Ubak (FR) 109
Nag me
5 11-7 G L Moore J E Moore 123 100/1101.00
Non runners
41-11125Puffin Billy (IRE)511-7O SherwoodL Aspell148
621-2212Sizing Gold (IRE)611-7H De BromheadA E Lynch138

Verdict

Simonsig finally ended Nicky Henderson's long wait for a winner of this Grade 1 last year and his My Tent Or Yours will have given a big clue to the chances of Chatterbox in this yesterday. The latter beat his stablemate at Newbury in December but his relative lack of experience could be a problem against some of these. We've a lot of respect for The New One, who was very impressive when sauntering clear in a Grade 2 at Warwick in January. The heavy ground probably contributed to his defeat by At Fisher's Cross here last time and he goes well on the track. But the Irish won't hear of defeat for PONT ALEXANDRE and we're also leaning towards Willie Mullins' five-year-old. He was conceding 4lb when easily accounting for Sizing Gold in a Grade 2 at Leopardstown in January and it will take a smart performance to lower his colours here on ground that will suit. Taquin Du Seuil is already a Grade 1 winner, at Newbury, but the form is a little suspect while Two Rockers looks an out-and-out stayer and you would be disappointed if one of the fancied horses couldn't outpace him over this trip. Rule The World easily has the beating of Minsk on Naas running but was possibly flattered by that result as the odds-on favourite was way below par. He's another who would probably appreciate a bit further.