Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle
Neptune Investment Management
Chetenham 14:15
(Registered As The Hyde Novices' Hurdle),
£30,000 added, 4yo plus,
2m 5f 26y, Class 1
Friday 14th November 2015

1 Shantou Village 9/2
2 Champers On Ice 11/4
3 Penglai Pavilion 5/6F
4 ran Distances: 15l, 2¾l, nk
TIME 5m 15.30s (slow by 18.30s)

Shantou Village into 8/1 for the Albert Bartlett and 12/1 for the Neptune with BetVictor after that super impressive performance

"I think he'll only get better" - Noel Fehily with some ominous news for future rivals of Shantou Village...

Shantou Village
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Shantou Village
Shantou Village was an impressive 15-length winner of the Grade Two Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle under Noel Fehily, beating the David Pipe-trained Champers On Ice into second. The 5/6 favourite Penglai Pavilion was third for John Ferguson.

9/2 chance Shantou Village, who is unbeaten in all three starts under Rules, is trained by Neil Mulholland.

He said: "I'm very happy with him. All four horses in the race probably could have won. But he won very well.

"We were here for him to do his best - he's three runs, three wins, but David Pipe's horse [Champers On Ice] is two runs two wins, Paul [Nicholls, trainer of Alcala] and John Ferguson's horses all had good reputations.

"We still don't know how good he is though. He keeps impressing and we will find out in time. Maybe we'll come back on Trials Day in January and run him over 2m 5f to see if he wants that or three miles. We might be better stepping him up in trip again, but Noel Fehily thinks he's still very green.

"Noel had to give him a couple of slaps down the shoulder going past the stands on the last circuit and I was thinking, 'what's going on?', but he said he's just lazy and he does what you ask him to do. He's a lovely horse to have in the yard."

Mulholland's horses are in good form, and he added: "We've got Fox Norton here on Sunday in the Racing Post Arkle Trophy Novices' Trial - he's two wins from two runs as well."


Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle
(Registered As The Hyde Novices' Hurdle) (Grade 2)
£30,000 added, 4yo plus, 2m 5f 26y, Class 1
4 ran
Going: Good to Soft, Good in places

Pos D Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st Shantou Village (IRE) 9/2 N D Fehily
N P Mulholland 5
2nd 15 Champers On Ice (IRE) 11/4 T Scudamore
D Pipe 5
3rd Penglai Pavilion (USA) 5/6f Aidan Coleman
J P Ferguson 5
4th nk Alcala (FR) 12/1 Sam Twiston-Davies
P F Nicholls 5

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