2017 Neptune Novices Hurdle Betting Tips PT 2- By A.J. Ryder on March 7, 2017 17:07 GMT
It wasn't really the victory, but the manner of the victory, that sent him into the favourites position here. On the day back in mid-January he tracked the leaders really nicely and then asserted himself at just the right moment – drawing clear with complete ease. If you're going to back a 4/5 in a seven horse race, that's how you want them to run.
As it currently stands, you'll find Neon Wolf priced anywhere from a 2/1 to 1 9/4 margin.
The Irish invader Bacardys looks to be really interesting here as one of the three chief fancies for the spoilers role. He is priced around a 5/1 margin right now and looks like he will certainly be in the reckoning for this one ifhe's able to run relatively similarly to his third place finish from last year's Champion Bumper.
He captured the Grade 1 Deloitte Novices Hurdle at Leopardstown last time out an dlooked good doing it – delivering at a hefty 12/1 price tag for the punters who backed him.
Finian's Oscar is another one of the main spoiler selections here and he lines up for Colin Tizzard at a price hovering anywhere from 9/2 to 6/1 depending on whom you're wagering with for the Cheltenham Festival. Similarly to Neon Wolf, he is undefeated from four races and is actually a Grade 1 winner over hurdles after taking the Tolworth Hurdle at Sandown on January seventh.
He followed that one up with a pretty cracking listed victory Exeter when sent off at a microscopic price tag of 1/16 to score with Tom O'Brien in the saddle. It's worth noting that he was pushed out over the final 100 yards in that one and scored by a four and a half length margin.
The other leading contender as a spoiler looks to be Death Duty, who is part of the Gigginstown attack at the Festival this year. He has taken his last four in a row and is notable for conquering the Grade 1 Lawlor's Hotel Novice Hurdle at Naas on his last outing at the track. He's been making meat and drink of those 6 horse graded races they runin Ireland and you'll find him priced anywhere from a 7/2 margin all the way up to a 5/1 price tag.
Other notables here include the likes of Ballyandy, Messire Des Obeaux and Melon – who has only had a single outing but looks like a talented sort who could make an impression and can be backed as high as 16/1.