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Strength in Depth Can Make the Neptune a Thriller 0

Posted on March 11, 2011 by Pete South

Of all the novice hurdle events that take place at the Cheltenham Festival, no race looks as competitive as the Neptune Investment Management Hurdle.

26 possible runners remain in the race at the six-day entry stage and that includes all of the fancied runners and anyone looking to place Cheltenham 2011 bets has plenty of choice.

Leading trainer Nicky Henderson has two of the entries and both look to be strong contenders to land the prize. Bobs Worth has been a revelation since switching to hurdles, he won well on his debut at Kempton, but has really improved on that run with back-to-back wins at Cheltenham. His proven ability to act on the track at Cheltenham is an obvious bonus and the stiff uphill finish will hold no fears to him. Read the rest of this entry →

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