Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle (Registered As The Spa Novices' Hurdle) (Grade 1) 3m

  • (4yo+, 3m, Class 1, 18 runners)
  • Winner £68,340 2nd £25,644 3rd £12,840 4th £6,396 5th £3,216 6th £1,608
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 5m 50.50s
  • Off time: 14:53:28
Full result
Result 14:40 Cheltenham
Pos Horse Distance/th> Odds
1st 20 Very Wood 33/1
2nd 7 Deputy Dan 10/1
3rd 1 Apache Jack s.h 20/1

Racecard

# Form Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Naps SP
1 319-312
Dark Blue, Yellow diamond and sleeves, Royal Blue cap, Red diamond Apache Jack (IRE) 68
  • T:D T Hughes
  • J:B J Geraghty
  • Form: 319-312
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-7
  • OR: 136
  • Naps:
6 161 11-7 D T Hughes B J Geraghty 136 20/1
3 111-111
Black and Beige (halved), chevrons on sleeves, Beige cap Briar Hill (IRE) 68
  • T:W P Mullins
  • J:D J Casey
  • Form: 111-111
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-7
  • OR: 147
  • Naps:
6 161 11-7 W P Mullins D J Casey 147 2/1f
4 132-111
Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap Captain Cutter (IRE) 76
  • T:N J Henderson
  • J:A P McCoy
  • Form: 132-111
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-7
  • OR: 147
  • Naps:
7 161 11-7 N J Henderson A P McCoy 147 7/1
5 2-92111
Light Blue, Pink chevrons, Light Blue sleeves, Light Blue cap, Pink star Champagne West (IRE) 55
  • T:P J Hobbs
  • J:R Johnson
  • Form: 2-92111
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-7
  • OR: 145
  • Naps:
6 161 11-7 P J Hobbs R Johnson 145 14/1
6 2-16311
Red, Black diamond, Red sleeves, Yellow diamonds, Black cap, Red diamonds Cogry 21
  • T:N A Twiston-Davies
  • J:S Twiston-Davies
  • Form: 2-16311
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-7
  • OR: 129
  • Naps:
5 161 11-7 N A Twiston-Davies S Twiston-Davies 129 66/1
7 11-2211
Red and White check, White cap Deputy Dan (IRE) 62
  • T:O Sherwood
  • J:L Aspell
  • Form: 11-2211
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-7
  • OR: 145
  • Naps:
6 161 11-7 O Sherwood L Aspell 145 10/1
8 12F-111
Orange, dark blue star, orange sleeves, dark blue stars, dark blue cap Kings Palace (IRE) 90
  • T:D Pipe
  • J:T Scudamore
  • Form: 12F-111
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-7
  • OR: 156
  • Naps:
6 161 11-7 D Pipe T Scudamore 156 5/2
9 P1211P
DARK BLUE, PINK sash, PINK sleeves, DARK BLUE armlets, DARK BLUE cap, PINK spots Madness Light (FR) 48
  • T:W Greatrex
  • J:G Sheehan
  • Form: P1211P
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-7t
  • OR: 132
  • Naps:
5 161 11-7 t W Greatrex G Sheehan 132 100/1
10 1P-1P22
Black, Yellow disc, Black sleeves, Yellow stars, quartered cap Masters Hill (IRE) 62
  • T:C L Tizzard
  • J:J Tizzard
  • Form: 1P-1P22
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 11-7
  • OR: 135
  • Naps:
8 161 11-7 C L Tizzard J Tizzard 135 66/1
11 2-111
Black, Black and Pink check cap Mosspark (IRE) 22
  • T:Miss E C Lavelle
  • J:Aidan Coleman
  • Form: 2-111
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-7
  • OR: 138
  • Naps:
6 161 11-7 Miss E C Lavelle Aidan Coleman 138 20/1
13 51F6
Black, black and maroon striped cap Prince Siegfried (FR) 62
  • T:J P Ferguson
  • J:D F O'Regan
  • Form: 51F6
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 11-7
  • OR: 138
  • Naps:
8 161 11-7 J P Ferguson D F O'Regan 138 100/1
14 62424P
White, Red chevron, Emerald Green and Red striped sleeves, Red cap Regal Diamond (IRE) 23
  • T:P Bowen
  • J:J E Moore
  • Form: 62424P
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-7
  • OR: 125
  • Naps:
6 161 11-7 P Bowen J E Moore 125 100/1
15 2/22F-12
PURPLE, EMERALD GREEN hoop, WHITE cap Rydon Pynes 34
  • T:M Hill
  • J:Hadden Frost
  • Form: 2/22F-12
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-7
  • OR: 128
  • Naps:
6 161 11-7 M Hill Hadden Frost 128 66/1
16 1113F3
Pink, large Purple spots, hooped sleeves Saint Roque (FR) 42
  • T:P F Nicholls
  • J:N Fehily
  • Form: 1113F3
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 11-7t
  • OR: 144
  • Naps:
8 161 11-7 t P F Nicholls N Fehily 144 50/1
17 23-3115
Dark Blue, Light Blue hoop, checked sleeves and cap Sausalito Sunrise (IRE) 48
  • T:P J Hobbs
  • J:T J O'Brien
  • Form: 23-3115
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-7
  • OR: 140
  • Naps:
6 161 11-7 P J Hobbs T J O'Brien 140 50/1
18 33112P
Light green and dark green diabolo, light green cap The Job Is Right 22
  • T:M Hourigan
  • J:A P Heskin
  • Form: 33112P
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-7b
  • OR: 136
  • Naps:
6 161 11-7 b M Hourigan A P Heskin 136 80/1
19 U1-1211
Maroon, Beige star, Dark Green sleeves, Dark Green cap, Beige star Urban Hymn (FR) 48
  • T:J M Jefferson
  • J:B Hughes
  • Form: U1-1211
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-7
  • OR: 142
  • Naps:
6 161 11-7 J M Jefferson B Hughes 142 14/1
20 11-1253
Maroon, white star, armlets and star on cap Very Wood (FR) 68
  • T:N Meade
  • J:P Carberry
  • Form: 11-1253
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-7p1
  • OR: 137
  • Naps:
5 161 11-7 p1 N Meade P Carberry 137 33/1

Non Runners

# Form Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Naps Odds
12 11-3
Port Melon (IRE) 118
  • Nag Me
  • Distance Winner
  • T:P F Nicholls
  • J:D A Jacob
  • Form: 11-3
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-7
  • OR:
  • Naps:
6 117 P F Nicholls D A Jacob WD
2 1-31312
Blakemount (IRE) 48
  • Nag Me
  • Distance Winner
  • T:Mrs S J Smith
  • J:Ryan Mania
  • Form: 1-31312
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-7
  • OR: 140
  • Naps:
6 117 Mrs S J Smith Ryan Mania 140 NR

Race History

Race History
Year Draw Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey SP
2013   At Fishers Cross (IRE)
  • T:Miss R Curtis
  • J:A P McCoy
6 11-7 Miss R Curtis A P McCoy 11/8
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In depth

Verdict

Briar Hill powered clear to win last year's Champion Bumper and has won all three starts over timber, though only beat one rival in a Grade 1 at Naas on his penultimate run and had only two in opposition at Naas last time. The step up to 3m should suit, however, and he'll probably be sent off a short-priced favourite given his yard's form. But there has to be better value elsewhere in what looks a terrific contest packed with promising stayers. Captain Cutter is also unbeaten over hurdles and a Grade 1 winner while Champagne West beat Deputy Dan at Warwick in December and has won both starts since. Deputy Dan has since beaten Masters Hill in a Grade 2 at Warwick but would have preferred a softer surface. Mosspark is another unbeaten gelding and arrives off the back of a Listed victory at Huntingdon while Urban Hymn showed plenty of resolution to beat Blakemount and Sausalito Sunrise in a Grade 2 at Doncaster and isn't without a chance. KINGS PALACE has avoided the recent heavy going as he was put away after beating Masters Hill by 14 lengths here in December with a bold, front-running performance. He bounces off this good ground, jumps well and stays so looks the complete package and is a value alternative against the favourite.

Formwatch

Port Melon (IRE) 7-2 (11-0) Tracked leaders, headway when not fluent 2 out, effort and every chance between last 2, kept on same pace, no impression with front pair flat, 3rd of 8, 5l behind Creepy (11-0) at Cheltenham 2m 5f nov hdl G2 (1) gd in Nov.

Blakemount (IRE) 7-1 (11-10) Tracked leader, challenged 3 out, ridden before last, led last 75 yards, caught post, 2nd of 7, shd behind Urban Hymn (11-10) at Doncaster 3m nov hdl G2 (1) sft in Jan.

Very Wood (FR) 10-3 (11-0) In touch in last, slight mistake 3 out and soon ridden, no impression on leaders from next, kept on without threatening from last, last of 3, 3l behind Briar Hill (11-10) at Naas 2m 4f nov hdl Grade 2 (1) sft in Jan.

Deputy Dan (IRE) 5-2 (11-4) Held up in rear, headway after 6th, challenged after 8th, led 3 out, clear before next, comfortably, won at Warwick 2m 5f nov hdl Grade 2 (1) hvy in Jan beating Masters Hill (11-4) by 9l, 8 ran.

Apache Jack (IRE) 10-1 (11-3) Led, clear at 3rd, reduced advantage from 4 out, ridden and headed 2 out, kept on under pressure from last, 2nd of 3, 2 1/4l behind Briar Hill (11-10) at Naas 2m 4f nov hdl Grade 2 (1) sft in Jan.

Champagne West (IRE) 11-8fav (11-12) Held up in rear, smooth headway to 4th and hit 7th, led 4 out, not fluent 2 out, soon drew clear, kept up to work run in, won at Ascot 2m 6f NH nov hdl (4-7yo) (3) hvy in Jan beating Knock House (11-8) by 4l, 7 ran.

Masters Hill (IRE) 9-1 (11-4) Prominent, led 8th, headed and not fluent 3 out, stayed on same pace, no chance with winner, 2nd of 8, 9l behind Deputy Dan (11-4) at Warwick 2m 5f nov hdl Grade 2 (1) hvy in Jan.

Sausalito Sunrise (IRE) 3-1 (11-12) Held up behind, ridden before 2 out, kept on and no impression, 5th of 7, 17l behind Urban Hymn (11-10) at Doncaster 3m nov hdl G2 (1) sft in Jan.

Urban Hymn (FR) 9-4fav (11-10) Led, pressed from 3 out, not fluent last, headed last 75 yards, rallied to regain lead post, won at Doncaster 3m nov hdl G2 (1) sft in Jan beating Blakemount (11-10) by shd, 7 ran.

Cogry 4-6fav (11-8) Tracked leaders, mistake 4 out, led before 2 out, clear before last, won at Warwick 2m 3f NH nov hdl (4-7yo) (4) sft in Feb beating Pink Gin (11-8) by 6l, 7 ran.

Captain Cutter (IRE) 8-1 (11-7) Took keen hold and waited with in rear, smooth headway on inside to track leaders before 3 out, went left and hit 3 out, went 2nd approaching 2 out, led before last, ridden clear, won at Newbury 2m 5f nov hdl Grade 1 (1) hvy in Dec beating Timesremembered (11-7) by 4 1/2l, 6 ran.

Madness Light (FR) 7-1 (11-12) Led or disputed lead until lost place after 3 out, soon weakened, pulled up before next, in a race won by Red Sherlock (11-9) at Cheltenham 2m 4f nov hdl G2 (1) hvy in Jan, 6 ran.

Mosspark (IRE) 9-2 (11-3) Tracked leader, not fluent 3rd, led approaching 3 out, soon headed, ridden and led again after 3 out, clear from 2 out, went right last, edged left flat, stayed on, won at Huntingdon 2m 4f Listed nov hdl (1) sft in Feb beating Spirit Of Shankly (11-7) by 5l, 5 ran.

Prince Siegfried (FR) 20-1 (11-7) Held up in 5th, not fluent 3rd, raced wide on back straight, pushed along after 3 out, weakened before next, last of 6, 22l behind Royal Boy (11-7) at Kempton 2m nov hdl Grade 1 (1) sft in Jan.

Regal Diamond (IRE) 5-6fav (11-4) Led, jumped slowly 1st, headed next, led after 5th, headed when not fluent 6th, ridden after 7th, weakened before 3 out, pulled up before next, in a race won by Sybarite (11-4) at Ludlow 3m mdn hdl (4) hvy in Feb, 5 ran.

Saint Roque (FR) 2-1 (11-4) Always handy, went 2nd over 2f out, ridden and not pace of winner over 1f out, lost 2nd and stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 11, 3 1/2l behind Sign Of A Victory (11-4) at Kempton 2m n h flat (4) std in Jan.

The Job Is Right 13-2 (11-8) Prominent, slight mistake 1st, weakened and eased before straight, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Don Poli (10-13) at Clonmel 3m nov hdl Grd 3 (1) hvy in Feb, 10 ran.

Briar Hill (IRE) 1-3fav (11-10) Tracked leader in 2nd, pushed along after 3 out, ridden to lead 2 out, stayed on well under pressure run-in, won at Naas 2m 4f nov hdl Grade 2 (1) sft in Jan beating Apache Jack (11-3) by 2 1/4l, 3 ran.

Kings Palace (IRE) 10-11fav (11-7) Made all, jumped well, clear last, impressive, won at Cheltenham 3m nov hdl G2 (1) gd in Dec beating Masters Hill (11-4) by 14l, 7 ran.

Rydon Pynes 9-1 (10-12) Held up in touch, headway to chase leaders after 5th, hit 4 out, challenged 3 out, led soon after, over 2 lengths ahead but ridden approaching last, joined flat, headed and no extra final 100 yards, 2nd of 10, 1/2l behind Upswing (11-1) at Newbury 3m hcp hdl 0-145 (2) hvy in Feb.