Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle – Cheltenham Day 2
13.30 Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m 5f
The Neptune opens Day 2 and has featured past winners such as Istabraq, Faugheen, Simonsig and last years winner…Windsor Park.
It’s likely to be a hot 2 miles and 5 furlongs for novice staying hurdlers aged 4 years or more and Alan King’s Yanworth will be the hot favourite looking to remain unbeaten over timber.
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Let’s check the stats and trends for this one….
- Not surprisingly favourites fair well with last 5 winners finished in the top 2 in their last race, and
- 11 from 15 in top 4 betting forecast, with
- 15 of the 18 winners since 1997 were single figure prices in the market
- Best come off the back of a month lay off
- over 6yr old’s don’t fair well
Yanworth has been on many of your radars and backed at decent odds by many of you in the run up to this……good luck to all of you who have taken rewarding ante-post odds about him. He remains unbeaten in four this season and mightily impressive here when running at this trip LTO.
His only chink may be the going in that his wins to date on the yielding may have been more to his advantage, albeit that he has won on this surface?
He faces a serious rival in Yorkhill who has won over this trip and is another like the favourite offering little value excepting the win bets.
A Toi Phil will be second in the market who won a maiden before Christmas with both the second and third home that day franking the form with subsequent wins.
He followed that up with a Grade 2 at Leopardstown,with the second home that day, Acapella Bourgeois another subsequent winner, but he’s another like the favourite with may be ‘something to prove’ on firmer going.
Long Dog was one of your best voted who remains unbeaten since November 2014 but now goes for the Albert Bartlett.
Lat years winning trainer, Dermot Weld saddles Vigil, a decent winner of a Naas maiden hurdle latest but well beaten by A Toi Phil the time before that. He has course form finishing fifth in the last two Cheltenham bumpers.
O O SEVEN is Nicky Henderson’s six-year-old who has only been beaten by Yorkhill with Agrapart back in 3rd that day who went on to win the Betfair Hurdle and looks outside EW value at around 20’s.