Jump to: navigation, search

Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle

Grade 1 race
Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle
Location Cheltenham Racecourse
Cheltenham, England
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)
1st: £57,010

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.[1]

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 SwanDanoli (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 PipeSayfar's Lad (1989), Regal Ambition (1990)


  • Amateur jockeys indicated by "Mr".






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
2001 no race 2001 [1]
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

1 The 2001 running was cancelled because of a foot-and-mouth crisis.


  • Ladbrokes Pocket Companion 1990/91. Aesculus Press. 1990. p. 59. ISBN 1-871093-21-X. 

See also

  • Recurring sporting events established in 1971 – this race is included under its original title, Aldsworth Hurdle.


Premier Equine Classifieds


Subscribe to our newsletter and keep abreast of the latest news, articles and information delivered directly to your inbox.

Did You Know?

Modern horse breeds developed in response to a need for "form to function", the necessity to develop certain physical characteristics in order to perform a certain type of work... More...

The Gypsy Cob was originally bred to be a wagon horse and pulled wagons or caravans known as Vardos; a type of covered wagon that people lived in... More...

Archaeological evidence indicates that the Arabian horse bloodline dates back 4,500 years. Throughout history, Arabian horses spread around the world by both war and trade.... More...

That the term "Sporthorse" is a term used to describe a type of horse rather than any particular breed... More...