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
  • Last Updated: January 25 2014, 17:47 GMT

Urban Hymn fought hard to edge victory in a thrilling finish to the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle at Doncaster.

Urban Hymn (left): On his way to a hard-fought victory
Urban Hymn (left): On his way to a hard-fought victory

Formerly known as The River Don, the Grade Two contest was run in desperate conditions and turned into an almighty slog as the Malcolm Jefferson-trained Urban Hymn set out to make all the running.

The 9/4 favourite looked to have most of his rivals in trouble coming to three out but Blakemount steadily closed down the lead and came alongside at the last.

The outsider looked to have edged ahead on the run-in but Urban Hymn battled back close home under Brian Hughes and held a short-head advantage at the line.

Jefferson said: "He won't run again before Cheltenham if he runs there. We'll enter him in the two-mile-five (Neptune) and the three-mile (Albert Bartlett) novices. I'll wait until Oscar Rock runs at Haydock. He might be more of the three-miler.

"Cheltenham is not the be all and end all. He's a chaser in the making and he could be very good. We've been running him over hurdles just to give him experience. They are really too small for him."

Urban Hymn is a 20/1 chance with Sky Bet for the Festival's Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle and representative Michael Shinners said: "Urban Hymn has shown a tremendous attitude to regain the lead in the shadow of the post here and that will stand him in good stead if he lines up at Prestbury Park."


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