Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle - Betting Tips.

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Irish runners look to hold a very strong hand in tomorrow's Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle, with the first three in the betting all making the journey from across the Irish sea.

The Willie Mullins trained So Young heads the betting, with totesport's 3/1 the best price on offer.

The ex French bred gelding is held in high regard by connections, and after hacking up in a Leopardstown maiden hurdle, the 5 year-old put up an equally impressive performance when running away with a Punchestown novice hurdle under jockey Paul Townsend last month.

The son of Lavirco will face faster conditions tomorrow and much stiffer opposition, and although the horse has tremendous potential, makes little appeal at current odds.

Fellow Irish raider First Lieutenant is a standout 8/1 with Coral, and Mouse Morris's 6 year-old will go to post on the back of a Grade 1 victory at Leopardstown over christmas, however, the neck runner-up on that occasion, Zaidpour, did little to advertise the form in today's Supreme Novices' Hurdle.

While home challengers Rock On Ruby , Minella Class and Megastar are all capable of running well, the one they all have to beat is another Irish hope in the shape of Oscars Well.

Jessica Harrington's charge will attempt to win his third Grade 1 contest in a row, after impressive victories at Navan and Leopardstown.

The second of those was against a field of well touted rivals, and a reproduction of that form should be good enough to see off tomorrow's opposition, providing connections are correct in assuming ground conditions will not be an issue.

Available at 4/1 with sportingbet and Paddy Power, those odds look more than generous for a horse whose form looks much the best on offer in the two-mile five furlong contest

Champion Hurdle runner-up Peddlers Cross won this event last year with subsequent Ascot Gold Cup winner Rite of Passage back in third place, and while the 2011 renewal may not reach those heights, a win for Oscars Well would open the door to a successful 2011/2012 campaign.

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