Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle (Registered As The Prestige Novices' Hurdle) (Grade 2) 3m

  • (4yo+, 3m, Class 1, 5 runners)
  • Winner £15,661 2nd £5,877 3rd £2,942 4th £1,466 5th £737 6th £368
  • Going: Heavy
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 6m 16.00s
  • Off time: 15:26:46
Full result
Result 15:25 Haydock Park
Pos Horse Distance/th> Odds
1st 2 Two Rockers 15/8f
2nd 1 Ardkilly Witness 5 5/1

Racecard

# Form Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Naps SP
1 22-1732
Light Blue, Brown Cross of Lorraine, striped sleeves and star on cap Ardkilly Witness (IRE) 10
  • T:Dr R D P Newland
  • J:T J O'Brien
  • Form: 22-1732
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-8
  • OR: 130
  • Naps:
7 162 11-8 Dr R D P Newland T J O'Brien 130 5/1
2 1-11
Red, Emerald Green disc, Emerald Green sleeves, Red stars Two Rockers (IRE) 58
  • T:A King
  • J:W Hutchinson
  • Form: 1-11
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-8
  • OR: 132
  • Naps:
6 162 11-8 A King W Hutchinson 132 15/8f
3 2-144
Black, purple sleeves, red spots Creepy (IRE) 90
  • T:M Keighley
  • J:Ian Popham
  • Form: 2-144
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-4
  • OR:
  • Naps:
5 158 11-4 M Keighley Ian Popham 7/2
4 24/11PF-
LIGHT BLUE, ORANGE epaulets Loose Preformer (IRE) 301
  • T:D O'Meara
  • J:Jake Greenall
  • Form: 24/11PF-
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-4
  • OR: 130
  • Naps:
7 158 11-4 D O'Meara Jake Greenall 130 33/1
5 8/81-123
Dark Blue, White sleeves, Dark Blue diamonds and cap Shotgun Paddy (IRE) 42
  • T:Miss E C Lavelle
  • J:D C Costello
  • Form: 8/81-123
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-4
  • OR: 134
  • Naps:
6 158 11-4 Miss E C Lavelle D C Costello 134 2/1

Race History

Race History
Year Draw Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey SP
2012   Brindisi Breeze (IRE)
  • T:Miss Lucinda V Russell
  • J:C I Gillies
6 11-8 Miss Lucinda V Russell C I Gillies 9/2
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In depth

Verdict

Last year's winner Brindisi Breeze went on to Grade 1 glory in the Albert Bartlett at Cheltenham and Two Rockers is entered in the latter event. He remains unbeaten despite blundering at the last in both starts over hurdles and has to come into the reckoning having beaten SHOTGUN PADDY a length at Towcester on his hurdling debut. The latter re-opposes on much better terms today and Emma Lavelle's charge is fancied to turn the tables on the back of his third in a handicap at Chepstow last month. Creepy was thrown in at the deep-end on his hurdling bow in a Grade 2 at Cheltenham but finished a respectable fourth. He's preferred to the penalised Ardkilly Witness and Loose Preformer, who reverts to hurdling after a long absence.

Formwatch

Two Rockers (IRE) 10-11fav (11-5) Held up behind, smooth headway and in touch when hit 3 out, soon challenged, led next, 4 lengths clear when blundered last, kept on, won at Towcester 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Dec beating Jat Punjabi (10-12) by 6l, 9 ran.

Ardkilly Witness (IRE) 5-1 (9-10) Held up in touch, headway 8th, led last, kept on and headed towards finish, 2nd of 6, 1/2l behind Shutthefrontdoor (11-0) at Carlisle 3m 1f hcp hdl (2) sft.

Shotgun Paddy (IRE) 8-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, not fluent 4th, lost place after 5th, rallied after next, blundered 2 out, pressed for 2nd flat, stayed on, 3rd of 14, 2l behind Amigo (11-2) at Chepstow 3m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) hvy in Jan.

Loose Preformer (IRE) 8-1 (11-9) Held up towards rear, fell 12th, in a race won by Problema Tic (11-11) at Ayr 3m 1f nov chs (2) gd in Apr, 9 ran.

Creepy (IRE) 25-1 (11-0) Held up in rear in touch, headway on outside after 4 out, chased leaders under pressure after 2 out, ridden and kept on same pace, no impression, 4th of 9, 13l behind Coneygree (11-4) at Cheltenham 2m 5f nh nov hdl (1) sft in Nov.