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Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle History

The Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle is a Grade One race run on day two of the Cheltenham Festival over two miles, five furlongs and is open to horses aged four years or older.

Established in 1971, the race is now one of the highlights of the four day extravaganza as some of the leading novice hurdlers go to post and look to build on early season promise. 

Attracting an all-star cast from both the UK & Ireland many trainers have used the race as a springboard to greater things the following season where their contenders will either go novice chasing or stay hurdling and maybe become a contender the Champion Hurdle or World Hurdle.

One name that stands out in the illustrious roll of honour is Istabraq, who won this race for trainer Aidan O'Brien in 1997.  It would ignite the JP McManus-owned superstar's affiliation with the Cheltenham Festival as he came back to win the 1998, 1999 and 2000 Champion Hurdle as well as bagging four Irish Champion Hurdle titles in a glittering career.

Hardy Eustace was the last to achieve the feat of winning this race en route to lifting the Champion Hurdle crown as he managed to win the Neptune in 2003 before winning the 2004 and 2005 renewals of the Champion Hurdle.

Mikael d'Haguenet was an emphatic winner of the 2009 Neptune for trainer Willie Mullins, whilst Peddlers Cross nearly emulated Istabraq and Hardy Eustace's achievements by narrowly being beaten by Hurricane Fly in the 2011 Champion Hurdle following an impressive win in the 2010 Neptune.

2014 Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle Runners and Form

As the season progressing trainers will be deciding what race to choose for their stable stars and we also will be keeping in touch with horses that could line up for this year's renewal of the Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle.  We will also give you a detailed list of all the runners taking part in the two miles, five furlongs contest.

Recent Winners of Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle

  • 2000 - Monsignor
  • 2001 - No Race
  • 2002 - Galileo
  • 2003 - Hardy Eustace
  • 2004 - Fundamentalist
  • 2005 - No Refuge
  • 2006 - Nicanor
  • 2007 - Massini's Maguire
  • 2008 - Fiveforthree
  • 2009 - Mikael d'Haguenet
  • 2010 - Peddlers Cross
  • 2011 - First Lieutenant
  • 2012 - Simonsig
  • 2013 - The New One
  • 2014 - Faugheen