Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle (Registered As The Bristol Novices' Hurdle) (Grade 2) 3m
- (4yo+, 3m, Class 1, 7 runners)
- Winner £17,085 2nd £6,411 3rd £3,210 4th £1,599 5th £804 6th £402
- Going: Good
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 6m 1.50s
- Off time: 13:50:18
|1st||1 Kings Palace||10/11f|
|2nd||5 Masters Hill||14||25/1|
Kings Palace (IRE) 56
|5||161 11-7||D Pipe||T Scudamore||146||10/11f|
Saint Roque (FR) 8
|7||161 11-7 t||P F Nicholls||D A Jacob||144||10/3|
Berea Boru (IRE) 22
|5||158 11-4 t||P Bowen||Donal Devereux||130||33/1|
Flicka Williams (IRE) 28
|6||158 11-4||T Coyle||D C Costello||130||16/1|
Masters Hill (IRE) 35
|7||158 11-4||C L Tizzard||Brendan Powell||25/1|
Milan Bound (IRE) 16
|5||158 11-4||Jonjo O'Neill||A P McCoy||13/2|
Potters Cross 22
|6||158 11-4||Miss R Curtis||B J Geraghty||134||10/1|
||5||11-7||M Bradstock||Matthew Batchelor||11/10|
KINGS PALACE created a hugely favourable impression when scoring 18 lengths over a longer trip here last time. The second won next time so the form looks solid and David Pipe's gelding can take this step up in grade in his stride to complete the hat-trick. Saint Roque was only third at Kempton earlier this month and is very exposed for a race of this nature. But he won over 3m between the flags so the step up in distance may suit. Milan Bound is heading in the right direction but this is easily his toughest task to date while Flicka Williams' three wins have come in handicaps. Berea Boru was conceding 14lb to Potters Cross when beaten nine lengths at Ffos Las and it's likely to be a lot closer today. Both are preferred to Masters Hill.
Kings Palace (IRE) 5-1 (11-3) Prominent, led 3rd, not fluent 2 out, clear approaching last, stayed on well, easily, won at Cheltenham 3m 1f nh nov hdl (3) gd in Oct beating Creepy (11-3) by 18l, 10 ran.
Masters Hill (IRE) 10-1 (11-5) Mistake 1st, mid-division, blundered 10th, lost place and behind from next, tailed off when pulled up before 13th, in a race won by Standing Ovation (10-2) at Wincanton 3m 1f listed hcp chs (1) gs in Nov, 13 ran.
Potters Cross 8-13fav (10-12) Made all, not fluent 9th, hit 3 out, edged right and shaken up after 2 out, went left and mistake last, soon went further clear, comfortably, won at Ffos Las 3m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Nov beating Berea Boru (11-12) by 9l, 5 ran.
Milan Bound (IRE) 1-2fav (11-5) Tracked leaders, went 2nd going well before 3 out, led on bit when left clear 2 out, eased towards finish, won at Uttoxeter 3m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Nov beating Rio Milan (10-12) by 7l, 5 ran.
Flicka Williams (IRE) 3-1 (11-12) In rear, headway before 3 out, went 2nd 2 out, ridden to lead before last, kept on, driven out, won at Wetherby 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Nov beating Lookout Mountain (11-5) by 1 1/2l, 10 ran.
Berea Boru (IRE) 8-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, hit 5th, not fluent 8th, ridden after next, went 2nd when bad mistake last, well held by winner flat, 2nd of 5, 9l behind Potters Cross (10-12) at Ffos Las 3m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Nov.
Saint Roque (FR) 5-4fav (11-7) Led, pressed 2 out, narroly headed between last 2, soon driven, chased leader, every chance when mistake and went right soon after last, no extra in 3rd flat, 3rd of 5, 9l behind Killala Quay (11-4) at Sandown 2m 4f nov hdl G2 (1) gs.