Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle (Registered As The River Don Novices' Hurdle) (Grade 2) 3m 110y

  • (4yo+, 3m 110y, Class 1, 7 runners)
  • Winner £15,661 2nd £5,877 3rd £2,942 4th £1,466 5th £737 6th £368
  • Going: Soft
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 6m 22.30s
  • Off time: 14:41:02
Full result
Result 14:40 Doncaster
Pos Horse Distance/th> Odds
1st 6 Urban Hymn 9/4f
2nd 4 Blakemount s.h 7/1

Racecard

# Form Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Naps SP
1 223-311
Dark Blue, Light Blue hoop, checked sleeves and cap Sausalito Sunrise (IRE) 35
  • T:P J Hobbs
  • J:T J O'Brien
  • Form: 223-311
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-12
  • OR: 140
  • Naps:
6 166 11-12 P J Hobbs T J O'Brien 140 3/1
2 13-1122
Red and White check, White cap Timesremembered (IRE) 28
  • T:Miss E C Lavelle
  • J:L Aspell
  • Form: 13-1122
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-12
  • OR: 143
  • Naps:
6 166 11-12 Miss E C Lavelle L Aspell 143 3/1
3 2/626-71
RED, WHITE seams, ROYAL BLUE and WHITE hooped sleeves and cap Aerial (FR) 44
  • T:P F Nicholls
  • J:Nick Scholfield
  • Form: 2/626-71
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 11-10
  • OR: 139
  • Naps:
8 164 11-10 P F Nicholls Nick Scholfield 139 16/1
4 51-3131
White, Light Blue stars, Light Blue sleeves, White stars and stars on cap Blakemount (IRE) 35
  • T:Mrs S J Smith
  • J:Ryan Mania
  • Form: 51-3131
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-10
  • OR: 136
  • Naps:
6 164 11-10 Mrs S J Smith Ryan Mania 136 7/1
6 FU1-121
Maroon, Beige star, Dark Green sleeves, Dark Green cap, Beige star Urban Hymn (FR) 26
  • T:J M Jefferson
  • J:B Hughes
  • Form: FU1-121
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-10
  • OR:
  • Naps:
6 164 11-10 J M Jefferson B Hughes 9/4f
7 23-51
Royal blue and yellow (quartered), royal blue sleeves, yellow spots, royal blue cap Walk On Al (IRE) 41
  • T:D Skelton
  • J:Harry Skelton
  • Form: 23-51
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-10
  • OR:
  • Naps:
6 164 11-10 D Skelton Harry Skelton 33/1
8 422-181
Dark Green, Maroon stars, Maroon cap Warden Hill (IRE) 42
  • T:M R Channon
  • J:D Elsworth
  • Form: 422-181
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-10
  • OR: 124
  • Naps:
6 164 11-10 M R Channon D Elsworth 124 10/1

Non Runners

# Form Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Naps Odds
5 1113
Racing Pulse (IRE) 24
  • Nag Me
  • Beaten Favourite
  • Distance Winner
  • T:J J Quinn
  • J:J Reveley
  • Form: 1113
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-10
  • OR: 144
  • Naps:
5 1110 J J Quinn J Reveley 144 WD

In depth

Verdict

This Grade 2 has produced a few decent stayers down the years but usually over fences. Paul Nicholls won it with Neptune Collonges in 2006 and this year's entry, Aerial, has already won four times over the larger obstacles. Timesremembered only found one too good in the Grade 1 Challow Hurdle last month but, like Chepstow and Haydock winner Sausalito Sunrise, has to give a couple of pounds to his rivals. Haydock scorer Urban Hymn should stay the extra and is interesting while Warden Hill won over course and distance six weeks ago, though has more on his plate today. Walk On Al could also come up short but RACING PULSE will surely be thereabouts back over a longer trip. He couldn't quite match the pace of Aubusson and Regal Diamond over 2m5f at Cheltenham but won over 3m between the flags and has the beating of Newcastle scorer Blakemount on a line through Ballyalton.

Formwatch

Racing Pulse (IRE) 15-8fav (11-8) Tracked leader, led 4th, mistake next, headed approaching 3 out, every chance approaching last, stayed on flat, no impression on winner inside final 100 yards, 3rd of 6, 2 1/2l behind Aubusson (11-1) at Cheltenham 2m 4f nh nov hdl (3) sft.

Urban Hymn (FR) 8-11fav (10-12) Made all, clear 3 out, unchallenged, won at Haydock 2m 4f nov hdl (4) hvy in Dec beating Algernon Pazham (10-12) by 20l, 5 ran.

Blakemount (IRE) 1-2fav (11-5) Made all, drew readily clear from 3 out, unchallenged, won at Newcastle 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Dec beating Greensalt (10-12) by 10l, 7 ran.

Warden Hill (IRE) 13-8fav (11-4) Tracked leaders, challenged 3 out, ridden last, kept on to lead post, won at Doncaster 3m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Dec beating Drop Out Joe (11-10) by 1/2l, 6 ran.

Walk On Al (IRE) 3-1fav (10-12) Tracked leaders, headway into 3rd at 10th, led 2 out, ridden clear approaching last, kept on, won at Southwell 3m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Dec beating Gorsky Island (10-12) by 2 3/4l, 8 ran.

Sausalito Sunrise (IRE) 4-1 (11-1) Held up in rear, headway 7th, soon chasing leaders, led before last, ran on strongly, won at Haydock 3m hcp hdl 0-140 (3) sft in Dec beating Matthew Riley (10-10) by 2 1/4l, 9 ran.

Timesremembered (IRE) 11-4 (11-7) Held up in last pair, not fluent 4th, headway to 3rd after 4 out, went 2nd 3 out, led before 2 out, ridden and headed between last 2, soon one pace and no impression when hit last, 2nd of 6, 4 1/2l behind Captain Cutter (11-7) at Newbury 2m 5f nov hdl Grade 1 (1) hvy in Dec.

Aerial (FR) 8-15fav (10-12) Made all, not fluent 6th, clear approaching 2 out, easily, won at Taunton 3m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Dec beating Demographic (10-2) by 6l, 5 ran.