Today's racecards

Cheltenham

  • 15:35 Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle 2m 5f

  • Winner £17,085 2nd £6,411 3rd £3,210 4th £1,599
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 5m 15.70s
  • Off time: 15:38:36
15:35 Cheltenham Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Creepy (IRE) 9/2
2nd Timesremembered (IRE) 9/4
3rd Port Melon (IRE) 7/2

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 1-1121F Pink, Light Green spots, Pink sleeves and cap Indevan 13
Nag meBeaten FavouriteDistance Winner
5 11-7 W P Mullins P Townend 137 15/28.50
2 2213-11 Red and White check, White cap Timesremembered (IRE) 21
Nag me
5 11-7 Miss E C Lavelle L Aspell 143 9/43.25
3 P/175-11 Orange, light blue hollow box, chevrons on sleeves Drop Out Joe 36
Nag meDistance Winner
5 11-4 C E Longsdon N Fehily 129 22/123.00
4 2151 Dark Blue and White diabolo, hooped sleeves and cap Rally 15
Nag me
4 11-4 p N J Henderson B J Geraghty 12/113.00
5 4F22-12 Black, purple sleeves, red spots Creepy (IRE) 28
Nag meBeaten Favourite
5 11-0 M Keighley Ian Popham 131 9/25.50
6 11- RED, WHITE cross belts, hooped sleeves and star on cap Port Melon (IRE) 203
Nag me
5 11-0 P F Nicholls D A Jacob 7/24.50
7 1465-4 EMERALD GREEN, WHITE stars, EMERALD GREEN cap, WHITE star Pure Science (IRE) 29
Nag me
5 11-0 N A Twiston-Davies S Twiston-Davies 11/112.00
8 5357-11 Light Blue and Maroon diabolo, hooped sleeves, Maroon cap Toubeera 182
Nag meDistance Winner
7 10-11 Miss V Williams Aidan Coleman 135 8/19.00

Verdict

Indevan was beaten when falling in a Grade 3 at Cork last time and this looks a better race. Timesremembered won a Grade 2 over 2m4f at Chepstow and looks a nice prospect. But Emma Lavelle's charge will need to settle better if he's to stay the longer trip here while this may be too competitive for the four-year-old Rally, though he won easily at Wetherby. We'll take a chance on PORT MELON, who was a very highly-regarded pointer. Paul Nicholls isn't one to tilt at windmills with his novices so this one must have been showing plenty of speed at home and he's getting 4lb from the four previous winners. Hat-trick seekers Drop Out Joe and Toubeera have more on their plate now while Creepy was no match for Kings Palace here last time. Pure Science made mistakes behind Saint Roque on his hurdling debut and may need more time.