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

  • (4yo+, 3m, Class 1, 6 runners)
  • Winner £12,244 2nd £4,595 3rd £2,300 4th £1,146 5th £576 6th £288
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 5m 56.10s
  • Off time: 13:55:15

Full Result

13:55 Cheltenham
Pos Dist Horse Trainer Age Weight Jockey SP
1st 2 Deireadh Re (IRE) P F Nicholls 5 11-4 R Walsh 2/1j
SP 2/1j Held up in last pair in touch, pushed along briefly after 7th, headway before 2 out, outpaced between last 2, 7 lengths down in 3rd and looked held when left 2nd last, ridden and stayed on to lead flat £2500-£1000(x2) £1800-£800 £900-£400 £4000-£2000
2nd 3 Rev It Up (IRE) Tim Vaughan 5 11-4 R Johnson 2/1j
SP 2/1j Held up in last pair in touch, went prominent 6th, challenged before 2 out, driven to lead briefly between last 2, 6 lengths down and looked held when left in lead last, ridden and headed flat, no extra opened 5/2 touched 9/4 £2200-£800 £1100-£400 £1000-£400
3rd 4 1 American Spin L A Dace 7 11-4 Timmy Murphy 14/1
SP 14/1 Tracked leaders, mistake 5th, outpaced 2 out, soon ridden, left 4th last, stayed on to go 3rd towards finish, no impression with leading pair
4th nk 5 Brass Tax (IRE) B I Case 5 11-0 Aidan Coleman 33/1
SP 33/1 Keen early, led 2nd, driven and headed after 2 out, 4th and no impression when left 3rd last, kept on same pace, lost 3rd towards finish opened 25/1
5th 9 6 Halley (FR) T R George 4 11-0 P J Brennan 7/2
SP 7/2 Led to 2nd, tracked leader, reminder after 4 out, lost place next, soon beaten opened 11/4 £1500-£500 £1100-£400
F 4 Sea Of Thunder (IRE) C Byrnes 6 11-4 J M Maguire 13/2
SP 13/2 Tracked leaders, smooth headway to join leaders on outside 2 out, led between last 2, drew 6 lengths clear and in command when fell last opened 8/1 £5000-£550 £5000-£600(x2) £7500-£1000 £70000-£10000 £5000-£700(x2)

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win £2.70 Tote Place £1.50 £1.60 Straight Forecast £6.31 Exacta £6.70 Swingers 1&2 £1.02, 2&3 £7.30, 1&3 £6.70

Jackpot £25,379.68 carried forward to Hereford, 11th Dec
Placepot £13.80, Pool: £180835.64, 9557.89 winning tickets
Quadpot £7.50, Pool: £12173.18, 1193.84 winning tickets

Analysis

If this race is to have any impact on the contest that carries the same name at the Festival then it will come from Sea Of Thunder who had the race at his mercy when falling at the last. He had cruised to the front and was full of running when taking off far too early and taking a heavy fall; thankfully he was soon up on his feet and appeared to be none the worse for his tumble. He had chased home the unbeaten Hazy Tom at Wetherby (beaten 12 lengths) on his previous start so was in the process of paying a handsome compliment to Charlie Longsdon's charge although he did appear to benefit significantly from the marked step up in trip. Decent ground could also be fairly important to this half-brother to the smart Mac's Joy who rates an interesting prospect for Festival honours if his confidence remains unaffected. Quite how the form will work out for those who were in behind is open to debate with French Grade One winner Halley running no sort of race on his British bow; he patently failed to give his running but it would be no surprise if connections were to restrict his racing to raids across the Channel given the significantly better prize money on offer in France where he's a proven performer. It was left to DEIREADH RE and Rev It Up to fight out the finish with Paul Nicholls' five year old gaining a victory that looked unlikely for most of the three miles. It may just be immaturity that saw him race on and off the bridle and he certainly dug deep enough for Ruby Walsh. His trainer reported that he'll now go chasing and remarked that he is a similar type to Join Together who was second in this race last year and the best may not be seen of him until next season. Rev It Up was unbeaten in two hurdles after getting off the mark at the fourth attempt between the flags; he failed to live up to market expectations but ran respectably enough on this step up in class and looks an out and out stayer. Brass Tax was no match for the smart Simonsig at Ascot but proved that his relative proximity to Nicky Henderson's grey was no fluke with another good run in defeat. He has the scope to make up into a staying chaser in time but can win races in this sphere first, albeit at a less exalted level. He was just run out of third by American Spin but has more scope than Luke Dace's runner who should be able to win again back in grade or in handicap company.