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

  • (4yo+, 3m, Class 1, 9 runners)
  • Winner £14,252 2nd £5,348 3rd £2,678 4th £1,335 5th £670 6th £335
  • Going: Good to Soft, Good in places
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 6m 4.80s
  • Off time: 15:40:26

Full Result

15:40 Cheltenham
Pos Dist Horse Trainer Age Weight Jockey SP
1st 4 Mossley (IRE) N J Henderson 4 11-4 B J Geraghty 3/1c
SP 3/1c Tracked leaders on outside, hit 8th, smooth headway to challenge 2 out, soon led, shaken up when hard pressed after last, stayed on towards finish opened 4/1
2nd 8 Join Together (IRE) P F Nicholls 5 11-0 D Cottin 14/1
SP 14/1 Tracked leaders on inside, effort 2 out, soon driven and outpaced, ridden approaching last, challenged and every chance after last, kept on until no extra towards finish
3rd 2 6 Teaforthree (IRE) Miss R Curtis 6 11-4 A P McCoy 13/2
SP 13/2 Tracked leaders, hit 8th, effort 2 out, ridden approaching last, kept on and every chance flat, no extra towards finish opened 8/1 touched 6/1
4th 6 3 Highland Valley (IRE) Miss E C Lavelle 5 11-4 S Thomas 3/1c
SP 3/1c Held up in touch, not fluent 6th, effort on wide outside approaching 2 out, kept on same pace under pressure approaching last, no impression flat opened 7/2
5th 6 9 Old Wigmore (IRE) Miss R Curtis 5 11-0 T Scudamore 20/1
SP 20/1 With leader, led before 3 out, headed after next, soon ridden, kept on same pace approaching last, no impression flat opened 18/1 touched 25/1
6th hd 5 Rif (FR) A M Hales 5 11-4 h D F O'Regan 22/1
SP 22/1 Held up in last trio on outside, driven and outpaced after 3 out, never on terms opened 33/1
7th 7 2 Golden Chieftain (IRE) C L Tizzard 5 11-4 J Tizzard 3/1c
SP 3/1c Reluctantly led and set slow pace, headed before 3 out, lost place when mistake next, soon ridden and weakened opened 4/1
8th nk 1 Badgers Cove (IRE) R Dickin 6 11-4 C Poste 33/1
SP 33/1 Held up in last trio, chased leaders under pressure 4 out, outpaced next, weakened 2 out opened 40/1
PU 7 Galant Nuit (FR) Ferdy Murphy 6 11-0 G Lee 12/1
SP 12/1 Held up in last trio, outpaced 3 out, soon ridden and weakened, pulled up before next opened 16/1
WD 11 Sybarite (FR) N A Twiston-Davies 4 11-0 P J Brennan 4/1
NR 10 Smooth Classic (IRE) W Greatrex 6 11-0 Wayne Hutchinson

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win £4.50 Tote Place £2.20,£2.00,£1.70 Straight Forecast £45.46 Exacta £49.60 Trifecta £157.50 Swingers 1&2:£7.80 2&3:£5.10 1&3:£7.30

Jackpot £3,033.90, Pool: £14956.06, 3.5 winning tickets
Placepot £43.90, Pool: £225954.6, 3753.16 winning tickets
Quadpot £14.60, Pool: £15397.45, 779.7 winning tickets

#11 Sybarite (FR) withdrawn - deduction of 20p in the pound on Board Prices


A race that was staged at a very modest gallop and MOSSLEY was able to score under a very confident ride from Barry Geraghty. Always travelling well, he looked as if he had the measure of his rivals as the race came to the boil but he had to survive a late onslaught from David Cottin on Join Together as the Paul Nicholls inmate headed him after the last. The rider refused to panic and his mount responded well to pick up the pieces. Nicky Henderson revealed that he believes the four-year-old is still on the weak side though reminds him of stable star, Burton Port. A tilt at the Albert Bartlett at the Festival would be a possible target though he is likely to go to Newbury for the EBF Final. The second was a winner of an Irish maiden point and he should be more than capable of obliging in any regultation novice. Teaforthree had ran well at Chepstow and was always in the firing line this afternoon. Both he and Old Wigmore had their chances but were not good enough on the day. Highland Valley is probably still immature and having travelled into the contest with plenty of promise, he did not find as much as was anticipated. Galant Nuit is entered for the Welsh National so this was always likely to serve as a warm-up for that engagement. He dropped away with three to jump and should be capable of leaving this run behind.