Today's racecards

Cheltenham

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

  • Winner £56,950 2nd £21,370 3rd £10,700 4th £5,330
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 59.30s
  • Off time: 14:05:38
14:05 Cheltenham Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Simonsig 2/1
2nd Felix Yonger (IRE) 16/1
3rd Monksland (IRE) 11/2

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 31-5353 Dark blue, yellow disc, diabolo on sleeves, yellow cap Baldadash (IRE) 5
Nag me
7 11-7 George Baker Paul Moloney 113 200/1201.00
3 3-0U1P1 Emerald Green and Red stripes, Red sleeves, quartered cap Benefficient (IRE) 31
Nag me
6 11-7 A J Martin B J Cooper 136 14/115.00
4 150-242 Dark Green, Red cross belts and armlets, quartered cap Brass Tax (IRE) 24
Nag me
6 11-7 B I Case D A Jacob 128 100/1101.00
5 212-31 Light Blue, Pink chevrons, Light Blue sleeves, Light Blue cap, Pink star Close House 90
Nag me
5 11-7 D Pipe T Scudamore 118 33/134.00
6 111 Black, black and maroon striped cap Cotton Mill 60
Nag meDistance Winner
5 11-7 J P Ferguson D F O'Regan 139 8/19.00
7 351320 Red, White disc, diabolo on sleeves Double Ross (IRE) 26
Nag me
6 11-7 N A Twiston-Davies S Twiston-Davies 130 33/134.00
8 210-211 Black and Beige (halved), chevrons on sleeves, Beige cap Felix Yonger (IRE) 17
Nag me
6 11-7 W P Mullins P Townend 137 16/117.00
9 7/230P-1 Light blue, dark blue chevrons and sleeves, dark blue and light blue quartered cap Fiulin 24
Nag meDistance Winner
7 11-7 b D Pipe C O'Farrell 130 80/181.00
10 1113 Maroon, white star, armlets and star on cap Make Your Mark (IRE) 45
Nag me
5 11-7 W P Mullins D N Russell 15/28.50
11 R111 CERISE Monksland (IRE) 66
Nag me
5 11-7 N Meade P Carberry 11/26.50
12 0-FP112 Black, Red braces and sleeves, Red and Black quartered cap Nagpur (FR) 20
Nag me
6 11-7 Miss V Williams Aidan Coleman 139 66/167.00
13 Evs White and Light Green check, White sleeves, hooped cap Natural High (IRE) 186
Nag me
7 11-7 P Rich T Doyle 100/1101.00
14 11 Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap Nelson's Bridge (IRE) 55
Nag me
5 11-7 N J Henderson A P McCoy 16/117.00
15 F1-1121 Dark blue and white diamonds, white sleeves, red cap Simonsig 28
Nag me
6 11-7 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 148 2/13.00
16 3/2-1132 Pink, Light Green spots, Pink sleeves and cap Sous Les Cieux (FR) 31
Nag meBeaten Favourite
6 11-7 t W P Mullins R Walsh 145 11/26.50
17 395-121 White, Black chevron, Black sleeves, White diamonds, quartered cap Sunny Ledgend 17
Nag me
7 11-7 Andrew Martin Mr S Drinkwater 130 100/1101.00
19 213133 DARK BLUE, MAROON star, MAROON cap Secret Edge 46
Nag me
4 10-12 A King R Thornton 138 25/126.00
Non runners
252-2321Batonnier (FR)611-7A KingR Thornton138
188110-21The Tracey Shuffle611-7D PipeHadden Frost

Verdict

John Ferguson has made a sensational start to his training career and a victory for the unbeaten Cotton Mill would be the icing on the cake. However, this is by far his stiffest test to date and Ireland look to have a very powerful team. Benefficient gained a shock 50/1 victory over Sous Les Cieux in a Grade 1 at Leopardstown a month ago but that was over 2m2f and the longer trip will suit the runner-up, who should reverse the form and go well. Willie Mullins also runs Felix Yonger, who was impressive when landing a Grade 2 at Naas over 2m and should have no problems staying the extra. MONKSLAND hasn't had much experience but was always travelling nicely when slamming subsequent winner Lyreen Legend at Naas and, with more progress expected, can take this for Noel Meade. Simonsig is an obvious danger to all after his superb run behind Fingal Bay at Sandown and showed his wellbeing with a trot round Kelso a month ago.