- Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle
Grade 1 race
Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle
Location Cheltenham Racecourse
Inaugurated 1971 Race type Hurdle race Sponsor Neptune Investment Management Website Cheltenham Race information Distance 2m 5f (4,225 metres) Track Turf, left-handed Qualification Four-years-old and up Weight 10 st 13 lb (4yo);
11 st 7 lb (5yo+)
7 lb for fillies and mares
Purse £100,000 (2010)
The Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle is a Grade 1 National Hunt hurdle race in Great Britain which is open to horses aged four years or older. It is run on the Old Course at Cheltenham over a distance of about 2 miles and 5 furlongs (4,225 metres), and during its running there are ten hurdles to be jumped. The race is for novice hurdlers, and it is scheduled to take place each year during the Cheltenham Festival in March.
The event was established in 1971, and it was initially called the Aldsworth Hurdle. The insurance company Sun Alliance (later Royal & SunAlliance) began sponsoring the race in 1974, and it became known as the Sun Alliance Novices' Hurdle. This association continued until 2006, and for the following three years the event was backed by Ballymore Properties.
There were high winds on the day of the planned running in 2008, so the Ballymore Properties Novices' Hurdle was rescheduled and run on Cheltenham's New Course. A new sponsor, Neptune Investment Management, began supporting the race in 2010.
The registered (non-sponsored) title of the race is now the Baring Bingham Novices' Hurdle. This is in honour of Baring Bingham, a developer who purchased Prestbury Park in 1898, and organised the first Cheltenham Festival in 1902.
Leading jockey (3 wins):
- Charlie Swan – Danoli (1994), Urubande (1996), Istabraq (1997)
Leading trainer (2 wins):
- Mick O'Toole – Davy Lad (1975), Parkhill (1976)
- Edward O'Grady – Drumlargan (1980), Mister Donovan (1982)
- Oliver Sherwood – The West Awake (1987), Rebel Song (1988)
- Martin Pipe – Sayfar's Lad (1989), Regal Ambition (1990)
- David Nicholson – Thetford Forest (1992), Putty Road (1995)
- Nigel Twiston-Davies – Gaelstrom (1993), Fundamentalist (2004)
- Aidan O'Brien – Urubande (1996), Istabraq (1997)
- Willie Mullins – Fiveforthree (2008), Mikael d'Haguenet (2009)
- Amateur jockeys indicated by "Mr".
Year Winner Age Jockey Trainer 1971 Midsprite 5 Macer Gifford Harry Thomson Jones 1972 Even Dawn 5 Ron Hyett Katie Gaze 1973 Willie Wumpkins 5 Pat Colville Adrian Maxwell 1974 Brown Lad 8 Ron Barry Paddy Osborne 1975 Davy Lad 5 Dessie Hughes Mick O'Toole 1976 Parkhill 5 Dessie Hughes Mick O'Toole 1977 Counsel Cottage 6 Sean Treacy Paddy Mullins 1978 Mr Kildare 5 Tommy Carmody Liam Browne 1979 Venture to Cognac 6 Mr Oliver Sherwood Fred Winter 1980 Drumlargan 6 Tommy Ryan Edward O'Grady 1981 Gaye Chance 6 Sam Morshead Fred Rimell 1982 Mister Donovan 6 Tommy Ryan Edward O'Grady 1983 Sabin du Loir 4 Graham Bradley Michael Dickinson 1984 Fealty 4 Seamus O'Neill Peter Brookshaw 1985 Asir 5 Mr Ronnie Beggan Paul Kelleway 1986 Ten Plus 6 Kevin Mooney Fulke Walwyn 1987 The West Awake 6 Simon Sherwood Oliver Sherwood 1988 Rebel Song 6 Simon Sherwood Oliver Sherwood 1989 Sayfar's Lad 5 Mark Perrett Martin Pipe 1990 Regal Ambition 6 Peter Scudamore Martin Pipe 1991 Crystal Spirit 4 Jimmy Frost Ian Balding 1992 Thetford Forest 5 Richard Dunwoody David Nicholson 1993 Gaelstrom 6 Carl Llewellyn Nigel Twiston-Davies 1994 Danoli 6 Charlie Swan Tom Foley 1995 Putty Road 5 Norman Williamson David Nicholson 1996 Urubande 6 Charlie Swan Aidan O'Brien 1997 Istabraq 5 Charlie Swan Aidan O'Brien 1998 French Holly 7 Andrew Thornton Ferdy Murphy 1999 Barton 6 Lorcan Wyer Tim Easterby 2000 Monsignor 6 Norman Williamson Mark Pitman no race 2001  2002 Galileo 6 Jason Maguire Tom George 2003 Hardy Eustace 6 Kieran Kelly Dessie Hughes 2004 Fundamentalist 6 Carl Llewellyn Nigel Twiston-Davies 2005 No Refuge 5 Graham Lee Howard Johnson 2006 Nicanor 5 Paul Carberry Noel Meade 2007 Massini's Maguire 6 Richard Johnson Philip Hobbs 2008 Fiveforthree 6 Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins 2009 Mikael d'Haguenet 5 Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins 2010 Peddlers Cross 5 Jason Maguire Donald McCain, Jr. 2011 First Lieutenant 6 Davy Russell Mouse Morris
- ^ Wood, Greg (2009-12-12). "Neptune signs up to back Cheltenham Festival race". London: guardian.co.uk. http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2009/dec/12/cheltenham-festival-neptune-sponsor. Retrieved 2010-02-12.
- Racing Post:
- cheltenham.co.uk – Media information pack (2010).
- pedigreequery.com – Baring Bingham Novices' Hurdle – Cheltenham.
- Ladbrokes Pocket Companion 1990/91. Aesculus Press. 1990. p. 59. ISBN 1-871093-21-X.
- Horseracing in Great Britain
- List of British National Hunt races
- Recurring sporting events established in 1971 – this race is included under its original title, Aldsworth Hurdle.
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