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
Alex Hammond's Tip Of The Day (Cue Card - 15.50 A) To Win By 2 Lengths To 3.75 Lengths Inclusive 10/1
- Winning time: 6m 16.00s
- Off time: 15:26:46
|1st||2 Two Rockers||15/8f|
|2nd||1 Ardkilly Witness||5||5/1|
Ardkilly Witness (IRE) 10
|7||162 11-8||Dr R D P Newland||T J O'Brien||130||5/1|
Two Rockers (IRE) 58
|6||162 11-8||A King||W Hutchinson||132||15/8f|
Creepy (IRE) 90
|5||158 11-4||M Keighley||Ian Popham||7/2|
Loose Preformer (IRE) 301
|7||158 11-4||D O'Meara||Jake Greenall||130||33/1|
Shotgun Paddy (IRE) 42
|6||158 11-4||Miss E C Lavelle||D C Costello||134||2/1|
Brindisi Breeze (IRE)
||6||11-8||Miss Lucinda V Russell||C I Gillies||9/2|
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.
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.