Neptune Investment Management Novices Hurdle
A cracking way to start the action on Wednesday. A race which has a big bearing on future races at the Cheltenham Festival – it always produces a classy customer….
What happened in the Neptune Novices in 2016?
This looked a classy edition and it didn’t disappoint. The strong early pace steadied passing the stands and it got tight from the fourth-last to the penultimate flight, but Yorkhill was well on top come the line despite idling.
He lined up unbeaten in two bumpers and two novice hurdles and was the only previous Grade 1 winner in attendance, having won a hot Tolworth at Sandown in January.
The class shone through. The sky looks the limit for him, he has the scope for chasing and is still unfurnished: his aim this year looks the JLT or even perhaps the Arkle.
How to find the winner of the Neptune Novices Hurdle?
Historically, the Irish always seem to target this race with one of their toughest novices. The Emerald Isle have won 18 renewals since 1971 and six of the last 10 runnings.
Don’t get convinced into backing the winner of the Challow Hurdle at Newbury, all of the last 14 winners of that event have been beaten in the Neptune.
That race is usually run in a bog during the depths of winter and horses that prevail there find conditions at the Festival much more harder to negotiate.
Ante-post tip for the Neptune Novices?
This is always a tough race to weigh up a long term bet in due to the fact novice hurdlers have the option of running in the Supreme Novices over two miles and the Albert Bartlett over a gruelling three miles.
Owner Graham Wylie usually is strong in this division and Invitation Only has always been held in high regard by the Willie Mullins stable. He looks one to follow.