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  • 15:30 Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle 2m 5f

  • (Registered As The Hyde Novices' Hurdle) (Grade 2) £21,500 added 4yo+ 10 ran
  • Winner £12,244 2nd £4,595 3rd £2,300 4th £1,146
  • Going: Good to Soft, Good in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 5m 7.60s
  • Off time: 15:33:27

Full result

15:30 Cheltenham Result 13th November 2011
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st Fingal Bay (IRE) 11-7 R Johnson P J Hobbs 5 4/5f
Tracked leaders, good jump to lead 4 out, blundered 2 out, driven between last 2, ridden and stayed on well flat opened 10/11 touched 10/11 £1100-£1000(x2) £550-£500 £6000-£6000 £5000-£5000 £4000-£4000 £2000-£2000(x4) £1500-£1500 £1000-£1000(x8) £800-£800(x2) £500-£500 £500-£500(x2) £3000-£3300(x2) £2727-£3000 £2000-£2200(x5) £1000-£1100(x10) £500-£550
2nd Barbatos (FR) 11-4 D C Costello Ian Williams 5 16/1
Mid-division, headway to track leaders 3 out, chased winner between last 2, ridden and kept on flat, always held opened 16/1 touched 16/1
3rd Polisky (FR) 11-0 R Walsh P F Nicholls 4 8/1
Held up in last pair, headway approaching 2 out, chased leading pair approaching last, ridden and kept on flat, no impression opened 8/1 touched 8/1 £4000-£500
4th 4 Well Regarded (IRE) 11-4 Jack Doyle Miss E C Lavelle 6 40/1
Held up in last pair, headway on outside when mistake 2 out, soon chased leaders, 4th and held when hit last, ridden and kept on flat, no impression opened 40/1 touched 40/1
5th Sivola De Sivola (FR) 11-4 P J Brennan T R George 5 20/1
Tracked leader, lost place 4 out, soon outpaced, no impression from next opened 25/1 touched 25/1 £10000-£400
6th African Broadway (IRE) 11-4 T Scudamore D Pipe 5 9/2
Led, headed 4 out, outpaced before 2 out, soon lost place, no impression approaching last opened 9/2 touched 5/1 £5500-£1000 £5000-£1000 £3600-£800 £4000-£1000
7th Grandads Horse 11-7 Felix De Giles C E Longsdon 5 12/1
Prominent on outside, driven and outpaced between last 2, soon lost place, no impression approaching last opened 10/1 touched 12/1 £6000-£500 £3300-£300 £5000-£500
8th 12 Letter Of Credit (IRE) 11-7 B J Geraghty G T Lynch 6 25/1
Mid-division, chased leaders on inside 3 out, outpaced next, weakened before last opened 25/1 touched 25/1 £10000-£400
PU Tour Des Champs (FR) 11-4 S Twiston-Davies N A Twiston-Davies 4 12/1
Tracked leaders, lost place quickly after 4 out, soon behind, pulled up after 2 out opened 16/1 touched 16/1
PU Bevnott (IRE) 11-0 R Thornton Mrs L Wadham 5 66/1
Chased leaders, reminders after 3rd, soon lost place, towards rear when not fluent 5th, tailed off when pulled up before 4 out opened 66/1 touched 66/1

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £1.90 Tote Place: £1.10,4.50,2.60
Straight Forecast: £15.64 Exacta: £16.70 Trifecta: £142.90 Swingers: 1&2:5.90 2&3:11.90 1&3:3.20

Jackpot: £28,102.12 carried forward to Wolverhampton, 14th Nov
Placepot: £19.70, Pool: £223987.9, 8264.68 winning tickets
Quadpot: £12.90, Pool: £12199.46, 698.75 winning tickets

Verdict

Bar one very bad error two flights from home, this was a fine display of hurdling from hot favourite FINGAL BAY and it was hard not to be impressed with the way he responded to that late error. He was able to stretch his field again turning for home and he jumped the final flight with a foot to spare, a move which really put the race to bed. He was giving weight to some useful horses here and it was no surprise to see his odds trimmed for both the Albert Bartlett and the Neptune Investments races at the Festival. The former over three miles would be no problem, but he has shown a nice turn of foot so the shorter race may be the route that connections go down. Runner-up Barbatos had broken his duck at Chepstow and he travelled well and looked a danger coming to the last. He has just bumped into a better horse here and he remains of interest further down the line. Third was Polisky who ran an eye-catching race on his reappearance. He was held up by Walsh and made up his ground travelling kindly, but just couldn't bridge the ground with the leaders in the home straight. He seemed to get the trip well and looks a good thing for his next start. Emma Lavelle's horses are flying and her Well Regarded was another who moved well through the race. However his momentum was interrupted by mistakes at the final two flights, yet he rallied well on the run-in. Sivola De Sivola was tapped for toe when the pace quickened but Tom George's charge is a stout stayer and he too never threw in the towel, whilst the same applies to African Broadway. He, like most of the field, looks a chaser in the making, and set out to make all the running. He made a mistake as the pace quickened but fought back and was running on again late in the day. Grandads Horse has plenty of size and scope but just found this company too much.