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
by Matt Chapman
Run under a variety of guises in recent years this race is over the intermediate trip of 2m 5f. However, don't be fooled into thinking that as a result of that the contest is not red-hot or that it doesn't serve as a great pointer to future champions. Past names on the roll of honour include Champion Hurdlers Istabraq and Hardy Eustace along with top chasers Davy Lad, Sabin Du Loir and Ten Plus. Furthermore, the likes of Dawn Run, West Tip, Inglis Drever and Denman are all among the horses to have been placed in the race, underlining that this is a real event to watch with an eye to the future as well as the present. Here, Matt Chapman looks at the credentials of the leading hopes for 2012.