Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle (Registered As The Prestige Novices' Hurdle) (Grade 2) 3m
- (4yo+, 3m, Class 1, 9 runners)
- Winner £15,661 2nd £5,877 3rd £2,942 4th £1,466 5th £737 6th £368
- Going: Heavy
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 6m 21.40s
- Off time: 16:06:36
|2nd||1 Kaki De La Pree||12||11/1|
|3rd||4 Oscar Rock||25||11/8f|
Kaki De La Pree (FR) 49
|7||165 11-11||T Symonds||Felix De Giles||138||11/1|
Copper Birch (IRE) 14
|6||162 11-8||Evan Williams||Paul Moloney||125||16/1|
Knockanrawley (IRE) 27
|6||162 11-8||K C Bailey||J M Maguire||131||25/1|
Oscar Rock (IRE) 49
|6||162 11-8||J M Jefferson||B Hughes||139||11/8f|
Sego Success (IRE) 74
|6||162 11-8||A King||A P McCoy||14/1|
Wuff (IRE) 28
|6||162 11-8 t||T R George||P J Brennan||129||5/1|
|7||158 11-4||J S Goldie||J Reveley||20/1|
Straidnahanna (IRE) 28
|5||158 11-4||Mrs S J Smith||Ryan Mania||121||11/1|
|8||155 11-1||Miss V Williams||Aidan Coleman||130||5/1|
Two Rockers (IRE)
||6||11-8||A King||W Hutchinson||15/8|
OSCAR ROCK finished third to Captain Cutter in the Grade 1 Challow Hurdle at Newbury last time and stands out on that form. Malcolm Jefferson's charge could take the beating with a similar effort. Kaki De La Pree disappointed behind the selection having landed a couple of lesser events before that and Copper Birch has more on his plate after winning a maiden race at Ffos Las. Wuff scored over 2m4f here last month beating Straidnahanna a short-head and that looks stronger form than the victory of Sego Success at Southwell, although AP McCoy takes over the reins on the latter today. The mare Toubeera is upped in class on the back of a double and may be found wanting.
Toubeera 10-3 (11-12) Tracked leaders, led approaching 2 out, driven and stayed on gamely flat, won at Exeter 2m 5f nov hdl (4) hvy beating Howlongisafoot (10-12) by 4 1/2l, 11 ran.
Kaki De La Pree (FR) 8-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders, pushed along after 4 out, weakened before next, 5th of 6, 19l behind Captain Cutter (11-7) at Newbury 2m 5f nov hdl Grade 1 (1) hvy in Dec.
Oscar Rock (IRE) 2-1fav (11-7) Tracked leaders, went 2nd after 3rd, ridden and lost 2nd 3 out, hung left after 3 out, outpaced in 4th when went left 2 out, went modest 3rd at the last, 3rd of 6, 9l behind Captain Cutter (11-7) at Newbury 2m 5f nov hdl Grade 1 (1) hvy in Dec.
Sego Success (IRE) 11-8fav (10-12) Held up, headway 9th, blundered 3 out, challenged next, soon led, ridden out, won at Southwell 3m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Dec beating Many Stars (10-12) by 2 1/2l, 9 ran.
Caledonia 25-1 (10-12) Held up in rear, close up when blundered 4 out, not recover, beaten approaching next, last of 7, 35l behind Ballyalton (11-3) at Newcastle 2m 6f nh nov hdl (2) gd in Nov.
Wuff (IRE) 7-4fav (11-11) Tracked leaders, went 2nd before and not fluent 3 out, ridden before last, kept on to lead post, won at Haydock 2m 4f nov hdl (4) hvy in Jan beating Straidnahanna (11-5) by shd, 8 ran.
Copper Birch (IRE) 9-4fav (11-0) Mid-division, chased leaders before 5 out, went 3rd before 2 out, soon led and clear, easily, won at Ffos Las 3m mdn hdl (4) hvy beating Red Devil Lads (11-0) by 21l, 10 ran.
Knockanrawley (IRE) 5-2 (11-4) Tracked leaders, raced wide, led 6th, ridden and headed before last, one pace, 2nd of 6, 7l behind Tidal Dance (10-12) at Towcester 3m nov hdl (4) hvy in Jan.
Straidnahanna (IRE) 7-4fav (11-5) Led, headed before 2nd, tracked leader, led again before 6th, ridden before and hit 2 out, kept on and caught post, 2nd of 8, shd behind Wuff (11-11) at Haydock 2m 4f nov hdl (4) hvy in Jan.