2016 Neptune Investments Novices’ Hurdle

The Neptune Investments Novices’ Hurdle, formely known as the Ballymore Properties Novices’ Hurdle, introduces some of the most promising novices in national hunt racing to the challenging world of jump racing.

The Neptune Investments Novices’ Hurdle is a relatively recent addition to the Cheltenham Festival and was first run in 1971 when Midsprite raced to victory ridden by Macer Gifford. The race is a Grade 1 hurdles event and is run on the Old Course at Cheltenham Racecourse.

The Neptune Investments Novices’ Hurdle is only open to four years old and above novices. Horses are required to cover a distance of 2 miles, 5 furlongs and 10 hurdles. As a middle length hurdle race Neptune Investments Novices’ Hurdle winners need to be able to balance speed and stamina during this demanding race.

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Neptune Investments Novices’ Hurdle Winners

As a novice event the Neptune Investments Novices’ Hurdle produces a new winner every year. Whilst the race does not have the reputation of producing future champions, it was the Ballymore Properties Novices’ Hurdle that introduced the excellent Istabraq to the racing world when he won the race in 1997.

Some of the finest jockeys in national hunt racing have won the Neptune Investments Novices’ Hurdle. As might be expected the Irish have put in a strong showing in the short history of the race, and the jockey with the most Neptune Investments Novices’ Hurdle wins is Charlie Swan with three winner titles.

No trainer can claim supremacy in the Neptune Investments Novices’ Hurdle with none having trained more than two winners. In fact it has been over a decade since any trainer has claimed more than one title, with Aidan O’Brien the last trainer to accomplish this feat.