14:05 Cheltenham Wed 14 March

Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle (Registered As The Baring Bingham Novices' Hurdle) (Grade 1) (Class 1)  (4YO plus)


Winner £56,950 - 17 ran

2m 5f


This is an indication of strength of the data for this race. A race with lots of form and statistics to work on (ie a major handicap) can be expected to generate a better Data Quality score than a two-year-old maiden where only a handful of horses have raced.

Data Quality


No/Draw Prediction

Score: 393

Timeform says:-- Unbeaten under Rules, and booked his place for this when a smooth winner of Grade 2 at Naas in January on first crack at 2½m. Hard to believe he's not capable of even better.
Star Rating 4 star
Maroon, white star, armlets and star on cap
Make Your Mark

Score: 336

Timeform says:-- Point/bumper winner who cruised to victory in 2½m maiden at Leopardstown before finishing third to Boston Bob in a Grade 2 over same C&D, again travelling well. One of the likelier types.
Star Rating 4 star
Pink, light green spots, pink sleeves and cap
Sous Les Cieux

Score: 334

Timeform says:-- Stylish winner of 2½m Fairyhouse maiden in November prior to beating Galileo's Choice in Grade 1 Royal Bond there. Progress has stalled since, and possible he needs testing ground to be seen at best.
Star Rating 3 star
Dark blue and white diamonds, white sleeves, red cap

Score: 322

Timeform says:-- Point/bumper winner for Ian Ferguson, and has quickly established himself as a high-class hurdles prospect, his only defeat coming at the hands of Fingal Bay. Massive player if coping with this test.
Star Rating 5 star
Emerald green, white stars, emerald green cap, white star

Score: 310

Timeform says:-- Helped by the way the race panned out, but no denying the improvement he showed to get off the mark in 2½m Grade 2 at this track in January. More still needed, but deserves a crack at this level.
Star Rating 3 star
Emerald green and red stripes, red sleeves, quartered cap

Score: 308

Timeform says:-- Quickly put his Thurles flop behind him when springing a surprise against established useful sorts in Leopardstown Grade 1 last month. Little wrong with that form but this requires more again.
Star Rating 3 star
Black, black and maroon striped cap
Cotton Mill

Score: 307

Timeform says:-- Useful on Flat for William Jarvis in 2010, and has created favourable impression in an unbeaten hurdles career so far. Open to further improvement, but will need to be in this company.
Star Rating 3 star
Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap
Nelson's Bridge

Score: 286

Timeform says:-- Has created very good impression when winning bumper at Bangor and 19f novice hurdle at Taunton. Step up in trip promises to suit, and he'll leave bare form well behind.
Star Rating 3 star
Red, white disc, diabolo on sleeves
Double Ross

Score: 280

Timeform says:-- Improved when making all in novice hurdle at Folkestone, scoring by 14 lengths. Creditable efforts next 2 starts but well held in valuable handicap at Newbury last time.
Star Rating 2 star
Dark blue, maroon star, maroon cap
Secret Edge

Score: 279

Timeform says:-- Won listed event at Wetherby in October and upped his game when third to Batonnier in 20f Grade 2 event here in January. Still hard to see him troubling the principals.
Star Rating 2 star
White, black chevron, black sleeves, white diamonds, quartered cap
Sunny Ledgend

Score: 269

Timeform says:-- Won 2 of 3 starts over hurdles this season, and good second to Carrigmorna King in a stronger event at Newbury in between. Way off the standard required in this, however.
Star Rating 2 star
Light blue, pink chevrons, light blue sleeves, light blue cap, pink star
Close House

Score: 267

Timeform says:-- Showed smart bumper form when chasing home Montbazon on debut for this yard in March. Value for plenty extra when winning second hurdles start in December, but this is a steep rise in class.
Star Rating 3 star
White and light green check, white sleeves, hooped cap
Natural High

Score: 249

Timeform says:-- Won bumper in 2009 and successful 3 times on the level since. Off the mark at first attempt over hurdles at Galway but off the track since September, and let go by Dermot Weld in the meantime.
Star Rating 2 star
Timeform says:-- Dual bumper winner who has made a promising start over hurdles, chasing home Nagpur at Lingfield (19f) prior to landing the odds at Ayr. Not the yard's first string judged on jockey bookings.
Star Rating 2 star
Black and beige (halved), chevrons on sleeves, beige cap
Felix Yonger

Score: 246

Timeform says:-- Bumper winner for Howard Johnson, and has won 2 from 3 over hurdles for new yard this term. Far from fluent when winning Naas Grade 2 last time, and will need to jump better in this.
Star Rating 3 star
Black, red braces and sleeves, red and black quartered cap

Score: 225

Timeform says:-- Fair level of form in France, and won 2 of 4 starts over hurdles for this yard, including Fontwell handicap in January. Latest second in listed event at Huntingdon exposes limitations, however.
Star Rating 2 star
Dark blue, yellow disc, diabolo on sleeves, yellow cap

Score: 222

Timeform says:-- Bought for £30,000 after winning maiden Irish point and made promising hurdling debut when third at Lingfield in November. Failed to build on that on softer ground since, and out of depth here.
Star Rating 1 star
Light blue, dark blue chevrons and sleeves, dark blue and light blue quartered cap

Score: 221

Timeform says:-- One-time smart stayer on Flat who came back from long absence to gain belated first win over hurdles on debut for the yard in novice at Market Rasen (21f) last month. Lot more needed here.
Star Rating 2 star
Dark green, red cross belts and armlets, quartered cap
Brass Tax

Score: 203

Timeform says:-- Irish point winner who took a step forward over hurdles when fourth in a 3m Grade 2 event at Cheltenham and runner-up in novice at Market Rasen last 2 starts. Flying too high here.
Star Rating 1 star