Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle
(Registered As The Classic Novices' Hurdle)
Grade 2, Cheltenham 15:00
£30,000 added, 4yo plus,
2m 4f 110y, Class 1  
Saturday 30th January 2016

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1 Yanworth 2/1F
2 Shantou Village 9/4
3 Champers On Ice 6/1
NR: Barters Hill (IRE)
8 ran Distances: 7l, 10l, 3¾l
TIME 5m 23.00s (slow by 36.00s)

Yanworth quickened clear from the last to beat Shantou Village by 7 lengths

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Titanbet cut Yanworth from 8/1 into 7/2 joint-favourite for the Neptune Novices' Hurdle at the Cheltenham after his effortless win on Trials Day.

Alan King's charge scarcely came out of second gear as he sauntered up the Cheltenham hill under a motionless Barry Geraghty, easily pulling seven lengths clear of market rival Shantou Village in the process.

Champers On Ice was third, another 10 lengths away.

King said: "I don't know how good he is - he's never come off the bridle in four runs this season.

"I don't think I've trained anything like it. I'm sure he'll be a better horse in better ground.

"He's frightening - in a good way - and he could be very special."

Geraghty said: "He was good. He travelled really well. It's hard work out there but he galloped away.

"He was good and quick and slick at the last."

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

Pos D Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st Yanworth 2/1f B J Geraghty
A King 6
2nd 7 Shantou Village (IRE) 9/4 R Walsh
N P Mulholland 6
3rd 10 Champers On Ice (IRE) 6/1 T Scudamore
D Pipe 6
4th Chef D'oeuvre (FR) 8/1 G Sheehan
W Greatrex 5
5th 12 Baden (FR) 16/1 A Tinkler
N J Henderson 5
6th Royal Vacation (IRE) 50/1 Aidan Coleman
C L Tizzard 6
7th 2 Clondaw Cian (IRE) 25/1 T J O'Brien
Miss S Smith 6
PU Charmix (FR) 9/1 N D Fehily
H Fry 6
NR Barters Hill (IRE) 2/1 2nd Preference
B Pauling 6

Year Horse Owner Trainer Weight Jockey SP

2000 Monsignor Malcolm Denmark Mark Pitman 6-11-12 Norman Williamson 1/2 f
2001 Indian Scout Indian Scout Partnership Ben De Haan 6-11-06 Liam Cummins 2/1
2002 Keen Leader Adair Catherwood Jonjo O’Neill 6-11-05 Liam Cooper 10/11 f
2003 Iris’s Gift Robert Lester Jonjo O’Neill 6-11-09 Barry Geraghty 1/3 f
2004 Abandoned
2005 Ambobo Sean Mulryan Arnaud Chaille-Chaille FR 5-11-12 Barry Geraghty 14/1
2006 Abandoned
2007 Wichita Lineman J P McManus Jonjo O’Neill 6-11-12 Tony McCoy Evens f
2008 Aigle D’Or J P McManus Nicky Henderson 5-11-09 Marcus Foley 7/4 f
2009 Diamond Harry Paul Duffy/Diamond Partnership Nick Williams 6-11-12 Timmy Murphy 8/15 f
2010 Restless Harry Richard Whitehead Robin Dickin 6-11-12 Henry Oliver 7/2
2011 Bobs Worth The Not Afraid Partnership Nicky Henderson 6-11-12 Barry Geraghty 7/2
2012 Batonnier Raymond Mould Alan King 6-11-05 Wayne Hutchinson 12/1
2013 At Fishers Cross J P McManus Rebecca Curtis 6-11-12 A P McCoy 13/2
2014 Red Sherlock The Johnson Family David Pipe 5-11-09 Tom Scudamore 9/4
2015 Ordo Ab Chao A Marsh Alan King 6-11-09 Wayne Hutchinson 16/1