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

  • (4yo+, 3m, Class 1, 7 runners)
  • Winner £17,085 2nd £6,411 3rd £3,210 4th £1,599 5th £804 6th £402
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 6m 1.50s
  • Off time: 13:50:18

Full Result

13:50 Cheltenham
Pos Dist Horse Trainer Age Weight Jockey SP
1st 1 Kings Palace (IRE) D Pipe 5 11-7 T Scudamore 10/11f
SP 10/11f Made all, jumped well, clear last, impressive opened 5/4 £10000-£8000 £5000-£4000 £625-£400 £375-£300 £600-£500 £500-£500
2nd 14 5 Masters Hill (IRE) C L Tizzard 7 11-4 Brendan Powell 25/1
SP 25/1 Tracked winner throughout, not fluent 3rd, hung left and no impression before last, stayed on same pace opened 22/1
3rd 19 7 Potters Cross Miss R Curtis 6 11-4 B J Geraghty 10/1
SP 10/1 Prominent, not fluent 3 out, 4th and well held from next, left 3rd last opened 8/1
4th 14 6 Milan Bound (IRE) Jonjo O'Neill 5 11-4 A P McCoy 13/2
SP 13/2 Held up, dropped to last 4th, not fluent 5th, ridden after 3 out, soon weakened, left modest 4th last opened 9/2
5th 15 4 Flicka Williams (IRE) T Coyle 6 11-4 D C Costello 16/1
SP 16/1 Held up in rear, bad mistake 7th, effort 3 out, soon ridden and outpaced, weakened before next opened 14/1
6th 38 3 Berea Boru (IRE) P Bowen 5 11-4 t Donal Devereux 33/1
SP 33/1 Held up in mid-division, not fluent 9th, soon outpaced, weakened after 3 out, tailed off opened 25/1
F 2 Saint Roque (FR) P F Nicholls 7 11-7 t D A Jacob 10/3
SP 10/3 Tracked leaders, not fluent 3rd, ridden and beaten from 2 out, well held 3rd when fell last opened 4/1 £4000-£1000

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win £1.90 Tote Place £1.10 £9.20 Straight Forecast £22.91 Exacta £24.80 Trifecta £162.20 Swingers 1&2 £7.70, 2&3 £23.40, 1&3 £4.00

Jackpot £40,252.48 carried forward to Southwell, 15th Dec
Placepot £96.00, Pool: £184736.47, 1403.36 winning tickets
Quadpot £7.40, Pool: £15396.59, 1521.28 winning tickets

Analysis

A wide-margin winner from the useful Creepy at the track last month, there was a good deal to like about this performance from KINGS PALACE as he showed a fast and efficient hurdling technique which should stand him in good stead when faced with tougher tasks. Previous winners of this race have a decent track record in the race of the same name back here in March and his trainer revealed that he could have one more run before his return in the spring. He was cut to around 5/1 clear favourite following this performance and it's hard to quibble with that price given the disdain with which he treated his rivals although his trainer has suggested that he needs some cut in the ground which could just pose a problem in a dry spring with the race being staged later in the week but that's a worry for another day. While the manner of his success isn't open to question, the form of the race is with Milan Bound hampered by some fairly average hurdling. He had been far from fluent on debut so still has plenty to learn about the art but he kept on well enough to offer encouragement for the future while it's also worth noting that this was the fastest ground that he's encountered to date. Saint Roque was sent off as second favourite with a lofty rating and a string of '1s' next to his name but he had been well placed during the summer and looks set to struggle against the 'winter' horses. It was left to Masters Hill to try and make a race of it and the grey performed admirably in the face of a stiff task and it will be interesting to see what mark he's allotted in this sphere. That said, he's already had three starts over fences and it would be no surprise to see him revert to the larger obstacles, perhaps in a race less competitive than the Badger Ales Trophy in which he was pulled up last month. Rebecca Curtis has described Potters Cross as a staying chaser in the making and his profile is not wholly dissimilar to the same connections' National Hunt Chase winner Teaforthree at the respective stages of their careers; he ran about as well as could have been expected and will be an interesting horse to follow next season.