Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle (Registered As The Spa Novices' Hurdle) (Grade 1) 3m

  • (4yo+, 3m, Class 1, 18 runners)
  • Winner £57,010 2nd £21,390 3rd £10,710 4th £5,340 5th £2,680 6th £1,340
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 5m 42.00s
  • Off time: 14:40:12

Full Result

14:40 Cheltenham
Pos Dist Horse Trainer Age Weight Jockey SP
1st 3 Bobs Worth (IRE) N J Henderson 6 11-7 B J Geraghty 15/8f
SP 15/8f Mid-division, headway 7th, tracking leaders 2 out, led and jumped left last, edged right flat, driven out opened 5/2 touched 7/4 £25000-£10000 £10000-£4000(x6) £5000-£2000(x3) £9000-£4000(x5) £2250-£1000(x8) £20000-£10000 £10000-£5000 £8000-£4000 £6000-£3000(x10) £4000-£2000(x9) £1500-£800(x3)
2nd 13 Mossley (IRE) N J Henderson 5 11-7 A P McCoy 12/1
SP 12/1 Held up in rear, headway after 9th, driven to chase winner approaching last, held towards finish
3rd 6 5 Court In Motion (IRE) Miss E C Lavelle 6 11-7 Jack Doyle 9/1
SP 9/1 Mid-division, took keen hold, headway 8th, challenged 2 out until ridden approaching last, no extra flat
4th 5 4 Champion Court (IRE) M Keighley 6 11-7 W Marston 16/1
SP 16/1 Held up in rear, took keen hold, headway approaching 3 out, ridden after 2 out, went 4th approaching last, no impression on leaders opened 12/1 £18000-£1000
5th 11 Kilcrea Kim (IRE) P J Hobbs 6 11-7 R Johnson 6/1
SP 6/1 Chased leaders, pushed along and effort 2 out, one pace and no impression approaching last opened 8/1
6th 6 1 Ackertac (IRE) N A Twiston-Davies 6 11-7 P J Brennan 40/1
SP 40/1 Mid-division, outpaced after 3 out, some headway approaching last, no impression
7th 15 Our Island (IRE) Tim Vaughan 6 11-7 T Scudamore 33/1
SP 33/1 Chased leaders, mistake 4th, lost place approaching 6th, mistake 8th, hampered 2 out, stayed on approaching last, no chance with leaders opened 28/1
8th hd 20 Teaforthree (IRE) Miss R Curtis 7 11-7 Aidan Coleman 28/1
SP 28/1 Prominent, went 2nd after 3 out, every chance when blundered 2 out, weakened approaching last opened 33/1 touched 25/1
9th 1 2 Allee Garde (FR) W P Mullins 6 11-7 D J Casey 66/1
SP 66/1 Held up in rear, mistake 2nd, not fluent when hampered 3 out, no impression opened 50/1
10th 19 Sybarite (FR) N A Twiston-Davies 5 11-7 S Twiston-Davies 25/1
SP 25/1 Chased leaders, lost place 9th, weakened approaching 2 out opened 20/1
11th 14 No Secrets (IRE) W Greatrex 7 11-7 W Hutchinson 50/1
SP 50/1 Led, hit 4th, ridden and headed approaching last, soon weakened opened 40/1
PU 6 Fiulin Evan Williams 6 11-7 Paul Moloney 66/1
SP 66/1 Prominent, weakened after 9th, pulled up after 2 out opened 50/1
PU 8 Gagewell Flyer (IRE) W P Mullins 7 11-7 P Townend 15/2
SP 15/2 In rear, mistake 5th, headway approaching 3 out, weakened before 2 out, pulled up before last opened 8/1 £4500-£500 £8000-£1000
PU 10 Join Together (IRE) P F Nicholls 6 11-7 R Walsh 8/1
SP 8/1 Mid-division, lost place approaching 8th, behind when pulled up before 2 out opened 15/2 touched 9/1
PU 12 Moonlight Drive (IRE) J J Quinn 5 11-7 G Lee 20/1
SP 20/1 Held up, not always fluent, ridden and struggling before 3 out, pulled up before next opened 16/1
PU 16 Radetsky March (IRE) M Bradstock 8 11-7 J M Maguire 66/1
SP 66/1 Prominent, ridden after 3 out, weakened approaching 2 out, pulled up after 2 out
PU 18 Start Me Up (IRE) C F Swan 7 11-7 D N Russell 80/1
SP 80/1 Towards rear, headway on outside 7th, mid-division and still going ok when hampered 2 out, weakened after, pulled up before last opened 66/1
F 9 Jetnova (IRE) A King 6 11-7 R Thornton 40/1
SP 40/1 Held up in rear, headway 9th, niggled along and tracking leaders when fell 2 out opened 33/1
NR 7 Fully Funded (USA) N Meade 6 11-7 P Carberry
NR 17 Rif (FR) A M Hales 6 11-7 D F O'Regan

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win £2.70 Tote Place £1.50 £3.10 £3.00 Straight Forecast £23.03 Exacta £26.00 Trifecta £143.40 Swingers 1&2 £6.20, 2&3 £14.70, 1&3 £4.40

Jackpot £251,836.38 carried forward to Uttoxeter, 19th Mar
Placepot £4,332.10, Pool: £969985.4, 163.45 winning tickets
Quadpot £530.70, Pool: £45633.74, 63.62 winning tickets

Analysis

An utterly commanding performance from trainer Nicky Henderson. There had been plenty of conjecture as to which race BOBS WORTH should go for, but his trainer knew best, and the well-backed favourite and his supporters hardly had a moments worry. He was not good three from home, but his jumping had been so fluent previously that he was almost in-front by that point. He was still on the bridle approaching the second-last hurdle, and although he idled after the last, he was never going to lose. Barry Geraghty, who sold the horse to his boss, was going to make sure of that, as he made sure that Tony McCoy on Mossley had no room up the rail to renew a challenge after the last. The winner looks a bit of a machine in all truth, and he looks a feasible World Hurdle horse if staying over hurdles, and a leading player for the Novice chases if tackling a fence next year. That's where the runner-up's future lies, but he's certainly made hay over hurdles this year. He wasn't that fluent mid-race but crept into it before the turn for home. The winner always looked to have his measure, but he rallied well after the line and this was a much better run than at Warwick last time. Court In Motion was quite keen, but he travelled well for a long way and challenged before the second-last. Admittedly the winner was travelling all over him in-behind, but he ran well, and his effort only stuttered after the last as he tired. Champion Court was another who moved with purpose for a long way, however he had a little bit of ground to make up coming down the hill and was never able to bridge the gap. Kilcrea Kim ran well in fifth; he's game and honest enough, but he just lacked the class of those ahead of him. Teaforthree was well-held in the end but he had every chance coming down the hill before blundering at the second-last which knocked the wind out of his sails, whilst Join Together never jumped for Ruby Walsh and was struggling from an early stage; he needs softer ground. Gagewell Flyer made a bad mistake at the fifth and was struggling thereafter, whilst Jetnova had not been completely shaken off when falling two from home.