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

  • (Registered As The Baring Bingham Novices' Hurdle) (Grade 1) £100,000 added 4yo+ 17 ran
  • Winner £56,950 2nd £21,370 3rd £10,700 4th £5,330
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 4m 59.30s
  • Off time: 14:05:38

Full result

14:05 Cheltenham Result 14th March 2012
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st Simonsig 11-7 B J Geraghty N J Henderson 6 2/1f
Held up in touch in mid-division, closed after 4th, hit 6th, went 2nd 3 out, challenging when left in lead 2 out, clear before last, easily opened 9/4 touched 9/4 £25000-£10000 £12500-£5000 £7500-£3000 £2500-£1000(x2) £33750-£15000 £18000-£8000(x2) £9000-£4000(x10) £4500-£2000(x8) £2250-£1000(x6) £8000-£4000 £2000-£1000
2nd 7 Felix Yonger (IRE) 11-7 P Townend W P Mullins 6 16/1
Held up in rear, headway approaching 3 out, left 2nd 2 out, stayed on under pressure, no chance with winner opened 16/1 touched 16/1
3rd 11 Monksland (IRE) 11-7 P Carberry N Meade 5 11/2
Mid-division on inside, closed after 5th, headway when not fluent 4 out, hampered by loose horse after 2 out, soon went 3rd, stayed on, no impression on fornt pair opened 9/2 touched 11/2
4th Close House 11-7 T Scudamore D Pipe 5 33/1
Held up rear of mid-division, mistake 4th, 9th and driven before 2 out, stayed on approaching last, went 4th flat, nearest finish opened 33/1 touched 33/1
5th Sous Les Cieux (FR) 11-7 R Walsh W P Mullins 6 11/2
Held up towards rear, bumped 2nd, shaken up 3 out, stayed on approaching last, never nearer opened 11/2 touched 6/1 £12000-£2000 £5000-£800
6th 9 Nagpur (FR) 11-7 Aidan Coleman Miss V Williams 6 66/1
Held up towards rear, ridden after 6th, stayed on approaching last, never in contention opened 66/1 touched 66/1
7th ¾ Make Your Mark (IRE) 11-7 D N Russell W P Mullins 5 15/2
In touch in mid-division, took keen hold, hampered on bend after 4 out, closed 3 out, went 2nd briefly after 2 out, no impression in 4th before last, weakened flat opened 8/1 touched 8/1
8th 3 Double Ross (IRE) 11-7 S Twiston-Davies N A Twiston-Davies 6 33/1
Mid-division, jumped left and mistake 1st, lost place after 3 out, no impression after opened 100/1 touched 100/1
9th Fiulin 11-7 C O'Farrell D Pipe 7 80/1
Led, clear after 2nd until before 4th, headed approaching 3 out, weakened next opened 100/1 touched 100/1 £37500-£300
10th 8 Benefficient (IRE) 11-7 B J Cooper A J Martin 6 14/1
Mid-division, took keen hold, not much room 1st, closed before 4th, not fluent 2 out, weakened and hung left from 2 out opened 16/1 touched 16/1
11th 5 Nelson's Bridge (IRE) 11-7 A P McCoy N J Henderson 5 16/1
Held up towards rear, took keen hold, mistake 1st, headway 4 out, ridden when mistake 3 out, weakened after 2 out opened 18/1 touched 20/1 £32000-£2000 £10000-£600
12th 2 Secret Edge 10-12 R Thornton A King 4 25/1
Tracked leaders, not fluent 6th, soon ridden, weakened after 3 out opened 25/1 touched 25/1
13th ¾ Sunny Ledgend 11-7 Mr S Drinkwater Andrew Martin 7 100/1
Tracked leader until after 3rd, stayed handy, ridden after 4 out, weakened before next opened 100/1 touched 100/1
14th 77 Natural High (IRE) 11-7 T Doyle P Rich 7 100/1
In rear, behind 5th, tailed off opened 100/1 touched 100/1
15th 6 Brass Tax (IRE) 11-7 D A Jacob B I Case 6 100/1
Tracked leaders, lost place when not much room 6th, soon weakened, tailed off opened 100/1 touched 100/1
PU Baldadash (IRE) 11-7 Paul Moloney George Baker 7 200/1
Held up in rear, behind 5th, tailed off when pulled up before 3 out opened 200/1 touched 200/1
UR Cotton Mill 11-7 D F O'Regan J P Ferguson 5 8/1
Tracked leaders, went 2nd after 3rd, led approaching 3 out, still going ok but pressed when ducked left and unseated rider 2 out opened 8/1 touched 8/1
NR Batonnier (FR) 11-7 R Thornton A King 6
NR The Tracey Shuffle 11-7 Hadden Frost D Pipe 6

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £3.20 Tote Place: £1.40,4.80,1.70
Straight Forecast: £36.42 Exacta: £48.80 Trifecta: £229.70 Swingers: 1&2:9.10 2&3:18.00 1&3:3.10

Jackpot: £86,890.81 carried forward to Cheltenham, 15th Mar
Placepot: £73.40, Pool: £937315.56, 9316.97 winning tickets
Quadpot: £18.70, Pool: £32395.49, 1281.41 winning tickets

Verdict

Nicky Henderson had made no secret of the esteem in which he held SIMONSIG and he demolished his rivals in the style of an extremely good horse. He casually lobbed along in mid-division until moving up on to the heels of Fiulin and Cotton Mill at the top of the hill. As the former started to back pedal, he and Cotton Mill were clear of their rivals two out before the winner was then left in splendid isolation as the latter jinked at the flight and unseated Denis O'Regan. The grey was untroubled from that point and the immediate reaction from connections was that this is as far as he would need to go as he possesses so much pace. Jockey Barry Geraghty admitted he is still very raw and already can't wait to see him tackle fences. Cotton Mill was in the process of running a smashing race and still had not been asked for maximum effort when he crashed out. It might be stretching things to suggest he would have won but should have been a clear second. To add insult to injury, he then took a nasty fall at the last hurdle when loose so lets hope he has not done any lasting damage. The remainder trailed in at a respectable distance, headed by Felix Yonger, who benefited from a patient ride under Paul Townend and was able to pick his way through tiring runners after two out. Third-place Monksland made progress down the hill on the inner but could never land a blow as the winner had flown. He shot past Make Your Mark off the home turn as the latter floundered in the closing stages. Close House was beaten a long way in fourth but kept on quite pleasingly for the future while Sous Les Cieux never get on any nearer than his final finishing position. Nagpur was another to stay on after racing in rear in the early stages but was never at the races while Secret Edge did try and mix it with the front rank for a circuit but was being shoved along at the top of the hill and faded tamely. Nelson's Bridge was trying to get into contention but made a mess of the third last and his hopes quickly evaporated.