Neon Wolf To Illuminate Cheltenham By Winning The Neptune Novices Hurdle

The Neptune Novices Hurdle kicks off day two of the Cheltenham Festival and Neon Wolf is undoubtedly the one to beat after Finian's Oscar was ruled out of this year's meeting...

  • The last nine winners of the Neptune have started the race 7/1 or shorter
  • The favourite has won 10 of the last 26 editions of the Neptune
  • Only 2 of the last 31 Neptune winners have come from outside of the first-five in the betting

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Neon Wolf To Illuminate Day Two

Harry Fry's Neon Wolf has looked like an excellent prospect in his three starts under rules, not least when completing a hat-trick in the Supreme Trial at Haydock in January. The 6-year-old had been considered for the Supreme at Prestbury Park but the drying ground ensures a step up in trip is the order of the day and the son of Vinnie Roe is well worth backing at a best price 2/1 (Coral).

Favourites do have an excellent record in the Neptune as the market leader has won 10 of the past 26 renewals.

The Mullins Entries

It looks likely to boil down to a two-horse race as Bacardys is currently a 10/3 shot (Paddy Power) and the Coastal Path gelding takes his chance for Willie Mullins, who has trained four of the last nine Neptune Winners.

Bacardys ran a fine race to finish third in the Champion Bumper at last year's Cheltenham Festival and has landed a very good trial this term, winning the Deloitte in Ireland.

The 6-year-old may find Neon Wolf just too good on the day though, although he is joined in the field by three other stablemates in Kemboy, Livelovelaugh and Bon Papa.

Best Of The Rest?

It is difficult to look anywhere other than the front-two in the market as only two of the last 31 Neptune winners have started outside of the first-five in the betting, while the last nine winners have started 7/1 or shorter...

Messire Des Obeaux is a 10/1 shot (PaddyPower.com) but makes little appeal after winning the Challow Hurdle, with all fourteen winners of that race subsequently beaten (although seven have finished second or third).

Consul De Thaix (14/1) is the first string of Nicky Henderson after twice losing out to Brain Power this term, while Gordon Elliott's exciting mare, Shattered Love (14/1), receives weight from the boys but Neon Wolf will take some stopping.

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Posted: Tuesday, 14th March 2017
Author: Chris Knight

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