Today's racecards

Cheltenham

  • 14:10 Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle2m 5f

  • Winner £10,635 2nd £3,142 3rd £1,571 4th £785
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 5m 9.30s
  • Off time: 14:10:35
14:10 Cheltenham Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Saint Roque (FR) 11/4
2nd Rum And Butter (IRE) 2/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 1/2-2211 Yellow, Royal Blue seams, Grey sleeves, Royal Blue seams, Royal Blue cap Clondaw Draft (IRE) 35
Nag me
5 11-6 D McCain Jnr J M Maguire 132 7/18.00
2 211FU2 White, Royal Blue cross belts, Red sleeves, Royal Blue armlets and star on Red cap Man Of Leisure 37
Nag meDistance Winner
9 11-6 t A J Honeyball Rachael Green 139 16/117.00
3 1-42112 Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap Rum And Butter (IRE) 47
Nag meBeaten Favourite
5 11-6 p Jonjo O'Neill A P McCoy 145 2/13.00
4 6/B5-111 Pink, large Purple spots, hooped sleeves Saint Roque (FR) 130
Nag me
7 11-6 t P F Nicholls D A Jacob 140 11/43.75
5 11 Light blue, dark blue chevrons and sleeves, dark blue and light blue quartered cap Cloud Brook (IRE) 15
Nag me
5 10-12 Miss R Curtis N Fehily 7/18.00
6 1465- EMERALD GREEN, WHITE stars, EMERALD GREEN cap, WHITE star Pure Science (IRE) 182
Nag meBeaten Favourite
5 10-12 N A Twiston-Davies S Twiston-Davies 4/15.00

Verdict

Clondaw Draft is definitely heading in the right direction but this is a significant step up in grade. RUM AND BUTTER is proven at this level and certainly wasn't disgraced in trying to give 12lb to Kangaroo Court at Newton Abbot last month. The winner followed up off an 11lb higher mark last week and Jonjo O'Neill's charge can resume winning ways here. Saint Roque is interesting as he really came into his own in the summer, though his long-term future probably lies over fences. Man Of Leisure is no slouch but lacks the scope of Cloud Brook and fellow bumper winner Pure Science, who finished sixth at The Festival here in March.