Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle 2013 

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At Fishers Cross Passes Neptune Test

1 At Fishers Cross 13/2
2 The New One 4/5F
3 Coneygree 9/4
5 ran Distances: nk, 12l, 8l
TIME 5m 33.17s (slow by 51.17s)

The Rebecca Curtis-trained At Fishers Cross took a giant step up in class in his stride to land the Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham under a power-packed finish from Tony McCoy.

At Fishers Cross

At Fishers Cross
In what looked a strong renewal, Coneygree set out to make all and had At Fishers Cross (13-2) and The New One for company approaching the business end.

Coneygree was the first to crack as the others queued up, and it was The New One who led over the last. However, McCoy was in no mood to surrender on the winner, who responded to every call in taking the Grade Two event by a neck from the 4-5 favourite.

The winner was moving out of handicap company, and McCoy said: "He's a real tough horse. I tried to get the rail, but Sam (Twiston-Davies on The New One) got away from me.

"He's got great heart. I knew the ground and conditions would suit him and Rebecca has done a great job with him.

"He may or may not have been the best horse in the race, but the way conditions were today what he had was great heart, a will to win and to stay. I knew that was something in his favour. He never knows when he's had enough."

The New One
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The New One
Curtis added: "He stays very well up the hill and I think he will be better over three miles, hopefully he will go for the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle now. He seems to be progressive and the ground helped him."

Nigel Twiston-Davies said of The New One: "The winner is a stayer and our horse isn't - he's more of a speed horse.

"We will go for the Neptune, and the Festival is going to be run on very different ground to this."


Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle
(Registered as The Classic Novices' Hurdle) (Grade 2)
£30,000 added, 4yo plus, 2m 4f 110y, Class 1
5 ran
Going: Heavy (Soft in places)

Starting Price
Beaten Distance
At Fishers Cross
Miss R Curtis
A P McCoy
11st 12lbs
13 - 2
The New One
N A Twiston-Davies
S Twiston-Davies
11st 12lbs
4 - 5
M Bradstock
Matthew Batchelor
11st 12lbs
9 - 4
12 lengths
N J Henderson
B J Geraghty
11st 9lbs
12 - 1
8 lengths
Fiddlers Bid
F O'Brien
P J Brennan
11st 5lbs
66 - 1
20 lengths
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