Today's racecards

Cheltenham

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

  • Winner £57,010 2nd £21,390 3rd £10,710 4th £5,340
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 5m 10.50s
  • Off time: 14:05:45
14:05 Cheltenham Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st First Lieutenant (IRE) 7/1
2nd Rock On Ruby (IRE) 13/2
3rd So Young (FR) 2/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 5-6161 Emerald Green, Red braces, armlets and cap Accordintolawrence (IRE) 47
Nag me
5 11-7 C E Longsdon Felix De Giles 118 100/1101.00
2 1-1F211 RED, BLACK triple diamond, sleeves and diamonds on cap Aikman (IRE) 20
Nag meDistance Winner
7 11-7 J Ewart Harry Haynes 136 33/134.00
3 11-4131 Maroon, white star, armlets and star on cap First Lieutenant (IRE) 77
Nag me
6 11-7 M F Morris D N Russell 7/18.00
4 14-1133 White, purple spots, collar and cuffs, scarlet cap Habbie Simpson 46
Nag meDistance Winner
6 11-7 A King R Thornton 136 25/126.00
5 1-141 White and Red check, Red sleeves, White armlets, Yellow cap Highland Valley (IRE) 31
Nag meDistance Winner
6 11-7 Miss E C Lavelle Jack Doyle 134 50/151.00
6 51-1223 Mauve and Black (quartered), Mauve sleeves, White cap, Mauve diamond Megastar 26
Nag meBeaten Favourite
6 11-7 G L Moore J E Moore 141 16/117.00
7 012-112 Grey, White epaulets Minella Class (IRE) 20
Nag meBeaten Favourite
6 11-7 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 148 10/111.00
8 4-33326 Dark Blue and White (quartered), hooped sleeves, Dark Blue cap Ohio Gold (IRE) 46
Nag me
5 11-7 C L Tizzard J Tizzard 123 100/1101.00
9 70-2111 Pink, Black Sash Oscars Well (IRE) 32
Nag me
6 11-7 Mrs J Harrington R M Power 137 4/15.00
10 411-112 Dark Green, White cross belts, Light Green sleeves, Dark Green and White hooped cap Rock On Ruby (IRE) 46
Nag meCourse Winner
6 11-7 t P F Nicholls D A Jacob 147 13/27.50
11 1211-11 Purple, Yellow chevron and cap So Young (FR) 35
Nag me
5 11-7 W P Mullins R Walsh 2/13.00
12 8-12112 Dark Blue, Light Blue hoop, checked sleeves and cap Tornado Bob (IRE) 25
Nag meBeaten FavouriteDistance Winner
6 11-7 D McCain Jnr J M Maguire 143 10/111.00

Verdict

Willie Mullins, who has won this twice in the past three years, can complete an opening race double with SO YOUNG. Three times a winner of French bumpers, he's hardly been out of a canter to win his two starts in Ireland and though the ground will be quicker than he's faced before he's a nice-actioned type who should handle the conditions. Compatriot Oscars Well has been all the rage for this since his pair of Grade 1 victories at Navan and Leopardstown and rightly so. Jessica Harrington's charge is improving at a rate of knots and the only downside is that he flopped on good going at Punchestown last April. Nicky Henderson has a shocking record in the race but there's no doubt that Minella Class deserves his place as he was conceding Aikman 8lb when just beaten in a falsely-run race at Huntingdon and can take his revenge. Rock On Ruby had Habbie Simpson just behind when they occupied the places in the race won by Bobs Worth here in January and that looked a very strong event at the time. First Lieutenant is a horse with a big future and there was plenty to admire about his defeat of Zaidpour in a Grade 1 at Leopardstown, though that was run on very testing ground.