Neptune Novices Hurdle


Formerly known as the Ballymore Properties Novice Hurdle and before that, the Royal and Sun Alliance Novices Hurdle this is a grade one race over 2miles 5 furlongs for novices.

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Neptune Hurdle Trends

10/10were aged five or six
9/10finished first or second last time out
9/10started in the first six in the betting
9/10had already won over at least 2m 4f over hurdles
9/10had contested pattern races over hurdles
8/10 finished first or second on all completed starts over hurdles
8/10started career in Irish point-to-points or bumpers
8/10had won at least 50% of all their runs over hurdles
8/10 had NOT run at the Festival before


Neptune Novices Hurdle Trend Analysis

Looking at recent winners of this race, a five or six year old with recent good form and at odds of 20/1 or less is what we should be looking for. Easy!

This is a great race for trends lovers with only Massini Maguire's victory in 2007 going against the majority of the above trends.

We should be looking for a young hurdler who has already proved themselves in a good class race and has hopefully never finished outside of the first two placings in their races.

In addition to the above it is worth noting that the Challow Hurdle winner has a very poor record in this event.

Also note that Irish hurdlers have a great record in this race, winning 50% of the last ten renewals.

Neptune Novice Hurdle Last Ten Winners

Table below shows the last ten winners of the race, their age at the time of winning, trainer, jockey and odds (starting price).
YearHorseAgeTrainerJockeyPrice
2013The New One5yoN Twiston-DaviesS Twiston-Davies7/2
2012Simonsig6yoN HendersonB Geraghty2/1F
2011First Lieutenant6yoM MorrisD Russell7/1
2010Peddlers Cross5yoD McCain JnrJ Maguire7/1
2009Mikael DHaguenet5yoW MullinsR Walsh5/2F
2008Fiveforthree6yoW MullinsR Walsh7/1
2007Massinis Maguire6yoP HobbsR Johnson20/1
2006Nicanor5yoN MeadeP Carberry17/2
2005No Refuge5yoJH JohnsonG Lee17/2
2004Fundamentalist6yo N Twiston-DaviesC Llewelyn12/1


Neptune Novices Hurdle Tips

It may pay to stay away from horses who have been at the Festival before when looking for the winner of the Neptune as - only two of the last ten winners had raced at the Festival before - this is probably as this race tends to go to later maturing novices and is in stark contrast to a number of other races in Festival week.

Neptune Novices Hurdle Tip

David Pipe has started the Cheltenham Festival in excellent form and he looks to have a great chance of getting on the winner’s rostrum again in this race with RED SHERLOCK.

A son of the stable’s brilliant mare Lady Cricket, RED SHERLOCK remains unbeaten and has proved himself at the course and has winning form on a variety of underfoot conditions.

Much has been talked about his propensity to swish his tail when under pressure but his mother had her fair share of temperament and it didn’t stop her going to the very top. It should be remembered though that he has gone on and won on every occasion so he appears to lack nothing in resolution.

Back RED SHERLOCK at 4/1 with Paddy Power, best odds guaranteed (price available at time of writing).

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