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

  • (4yo+, 3m, Class 1, 9 runners)
  • Winner £15,661 2nd £5,877 3rd £2,942 4th £1,466 5th £737 6th £368
  • Going: Heavy
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 6m 21.40s
  • Off time: 16:06:36

Full Result

16:05 Haydock Park
Pos Dist Horse Trainer Age Weight Jockey SP
1st 9 Toubeera Miss V Williams 8 11-1 Aidan Coleman 5/1
SP 5/1 Held up towards rear, headway 4 out, ridden before 2 out, led before last, kept on well opened 11/2
2nd 12 1 Kaki De La Pree (FR) T Symonds 7 11-11 Felix De Giles 11/1
SP 11/1 Held up in touch, headway to lead 3 out, headed before last, one pace opened 9/1
3rd 25 4 Oscar Rock (IRE) J M Jefferson 6 11-8 B Hughes 11/8f
SP 11/8f In touch, pushed along before 4 out, soon reminders and lost place, plugged on from 2 out opened 15/8 £1000-£500
4th 5 Sego Success (IRE) A King 6 11-8 A P McCoy 14/1
SP 14/1 Mid-division, headway 4 out, weakened from 2 out opened 12/1
5th 12 7 Caledonia J S Goldie 7 11-4 J Reveley 20/1
SP 20/1 Led, headed 3 out, weakened before 2 out opened 16/1
6th 13 6 Wuff (IRE) T R George 6 11-8 t P J Brennan 5/1
SP 5/1 Tracked leaders in 4th, weakened from 4 out
PU 2 Copper Birch (IRE) Evan Williams 6 11-8 Paul Moloney 16/1
SP 16/1 Tracked leaders in 3rd, lost place after 3rd, soon in rear, tailed off when pulled up before 6 out opened 14/1
PU 3 Knockanrawley (IRE) K C Bailey 6 11-8 J M Maguire 25/1
SP 25/1 Held up in rear, reminder after 3rd, soon struggling, tailed off, pulled up opened 18/1
PU 8 Straidnahanna (IRE) Mrs S J Smith 5 11-4 Ryan Mania 11/1
SP 11/1 Tracked leader, weakened before 2 out, pulled up

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win £5.20 Tote Place £2.00 £2.80 £1.30 Straight Forecast £55.87 Exacta £61.20 Trifecta £151.60 Swingers 1&2 £12.80, 2&3 £5.10, 1&3 £1.40

Jackpot £8,298.88 carried forward to Market Rasen, 16th Feb
Placepot £1,448.60, Pool: £164550.19, 82.92 winning tickets
Quadpot £99.90, Pool: £10447.69, 77.35 winning tickets

Analysis

Venetia Williams: "When I took her to Exeter to win her fourth race this was very much an afterthought, but with her mares' allowance and the ground as it was we decided to run. She's not in at Cheltenham, she won't have her ground, so we'll probably look for another mares race somewhere."

There didn't appear to be an awful lot of depth to this Grade Two so it was no surprise to see the highly regarded Oscar Rock sent off a short-priced favourite but he didn't look happy from a long way out and only plugged on past beaten horses to take third. He may have failed to act on the ground but he really hasn't gone on as expected since impressing on his debut at Wetherby in November and has enough to prove at present. In stark contrast, TOUBEERA has gone from strength to strength this season and completed a hat-trick in good style having taken five attempts to get off the mark over hurdles last season. She has now won five from 11 and has relished the testing ground this winter; one would think that it's job done now that she has gained this black type but connections may well crack on with her until the end of the season. Connections expect Kaki De La Pree to make up into a smart chaser and don't intend to overface him this season. He was the first to strike for home and, in hindsight, his rider may have been better off holding on to him for a little longer but this was still a respectable effort considering he was giving weight to the winner and a return to form following his run in the Challow where he finished almost 10 lengths behind Oscar Rock. Caledonia and Straidnahanna had nothing left to offer in the straight after cutting out the running but better could have been expected from Wuff who looked a bright prospect when beating Straidnahanna here last month; he had quite a hard race that day and is worth another chance. Sego Success was encountering vastly different conditions than when winning at Southwell before Christmas and struggled to get home on this step up in class.