Posted: 16th Mar 2016
Ruby Walsh celebrates winning the Neptune on YorkhillPICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos)
Report: Cheltenham, Wednesday
Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m5f26y, 5yo+
YORKHILL thwarted one of the bankers of the festival as he impressively dealt with Yanworth in a thrilling renewal of the Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle.
Ridden with confidence by Ruby Walsh, Yorkhill swept up the inside turning in and led on the bit approaching the last. Yanworth refused to lie down, but Yorkhill kept going to win by a length-and-three-quarters.
The pair finished seven lengths ahead of third-placed It'safreebee, but given the steady early pace that distance can be taken as an authoritative endorsement of their quality.
'He's a very very good horse'
Yorkhill had been redirected from the Supreme and Walsh was full of praise for his speed afterwards.
"I ended up doing the exact opposite of what I told Willie I'd do. He was rank at the start so I ended up further back than I wanted," Walsh said.
"Then I said I'd take a lead to the last but when the gap opened up for me I couldn't resist taking it.
"He's a very very good horse and David Casey was adamant two and a half miles and better ground was what he wanted and he was right. He's a fine specimen."
Talk immediately after the race centred on the World Hurdle and RSA, but quickly turned to races over shorter trips.
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