Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle (grade 1) 3m

  • (4yo+, 3m, Class 1, 19 runners)
  • Winner £57,010
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 5m 55.70s
  • Off time: 14:40:18

Full Result

14:40 Cheltenham
Pos Dist Horse Trainer Age Weight Jockey SP
1st 2 Berties Dream (IRE) P J Gilligan 7 11-7 A E Lynch 33/1
SP 33/1 In touch, steadied into mid-division 5th, headway 3 out, ridden when not fluent 2 out, led and edged right when hit last, drifted right flat, driven out, stayed on well
2nd 6 9 Najaf (FR) P F Nicholls 5 11-7 Timmy Murphy 25/1
SP 25/1 Held up towards rear, headway approaching 9th, challenged after 2 out, hung left and every chance last, no impression flat
3rd 8 8 Kennel Hill (IRE) W K Goldsworthy 8 11-7 t1 J M Maguire 66/1
SP 66/1 In rear, ridden 3 out, well behind 2 out, headway approaching last, soon hung left, soon hung badly right and went 3rd, no impression on front pair
4th 13 1 Arvika Ligeonniere (FR) W P Mullins 5 11-7 D J Condon 28/1
SP 28/1 Held up in rear, headway after 3 out, went 2nd 2 out until well before last, weakened after £14000-£500
5th 7 10 Possol (FR) H D Daly 7 11-7 R Johnson 28/1
SP 28/1 Tracked leader until 8th, weakened after 3 out opened 33/1 touched 25/1
6th 4 11 Quel Esprit (FR) W P Mullins 6 11-7 R Walsh 11/2
SP 11/2 Held up towards rear, headway 9th, weakened 2 out opened 6/1 touched 5/1 £30000-£5000 £6000-£1000 £5000-£800 £13750-£2500 £11000-£2000 £5500-£1000(x2)
7th 5 20 Silver Kate (IRE) D M Richards 7 11-0 Aidan Coleman 14/1
SP 14/1 Tracked leaders, not fluent 7th, in touch when not fluent 2 out, soon weakened opened 16/1 £8000-£500 £5000-£300
8th 18 19 Premier Victory (IRE) T Hogan 6 11-0 t J Cullen 33/1
SP 33/1 Led, mistake 3 out, soon headed, weakened 2 out
9th 22 5 Chartreux (FR) D Pipe 5 11-7 T Scudamore 28/1
SP 28/1 Chased leaders, lost place after 6th, ridden in rear next, tailed off opened 33/1 £33000-£1000
10th 5 17 Watamu Bay (IRE) C J Mann 7 11-7 D A Jacob 66/1
SP 66/1 Mid-division, stuggling 9th, soon in rear
PU 3 Bostons Angel (IRE) Mrs J Harrington 6 11-7 b R M Power 50/1
SP 50/1 Held up towards rear, not fluent 5th, ridden after next, mistake 7th, tailed off when pulled up before 2 out £40000-£600
PU 4 Cappa Bleu (IRE) Evan Williams 8 11-7 Paul Moloney 18/1
SP 18/1 Chased leaders, lost place after 9th, well beaten after 3 out, tailed off when pulled up before last opened 20/1 touched 16/1 £6000-£300
PU 6 Enterprise Park (IRE) W P Mullins 6 11-7 Paul Townend 11/1
SP 11/1 Held up towards rear, not fluent 3rd, pulled up before next opened 10/1 touched 12/1 £10000-£800
PU 13 Shinrock Paddy (IRE) P Nolan 6 11-7 A P Cawley 8/1
SP 8/1 Mid-division, jumped slowly and lost place 4th, pulled up before 8th opened 17/2 £24000-£3000
PU 14 Tell Massini (IRE) T R George 6 11-7 P J Brennan 10/3f
SP 10/3f Mid-division, headway 6th, ridden after 3 out, weakened 2 out, pulled up before last opened 7/2 £9000-£2000(x4) £20000-£5000 £8000-£2000 £6400-£1600 £6000-£1500 £4000-£1000(x3) £3200-£800 £17500-£5000 £14000-£4000(x4) £10500-£3000 £7000-£2000 £3500-£1000 £3500-£1000(x2)
PU 15 The Betchworth Kid A King 5 11-7 R Thornton 16/1
SP 16/1 Held up towards rear, mistake 2nd, ridden and struggling when mistake 3 out, pulled up before 2 out
PU 16 The Hurl (IRE) M F Morris 7 11-7 A P McCoy 25/1
SP 25/1 Mid-division, not fluent 4th, headway 6th, weakened after 3 out, pulled up before 2 out £12500-£500
F 12 Restless Harry R Dickin 6 11-7 H Oliver 8/1
SP 8/1 Prominent, not fluent early, went 2nd 8th, not fluent 3 out, soon led, headed and close 3rd, under pressure when not much room and fell last opened 17/2 £5000-£550
UR 7 Fionnegas (IRE) W P Mullins 6 11-7 D J Casey 16/1
SP 16/1 Held up towards rear, headway after 3 out, chasing leaders next, beaten 4th and one pace when hampered and unseated rider last
NR 18 Wayward Prince Ian Williams 6 11-7 D C Costello

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win £48.30 Tote Place £9.60 £6.50 £16.10 Straight Forecast £666.20 Exacta £2,116.80 Trifecta £7,019.40 Swingers 1&2 £246.90, 2&3 £309.00, 1&3 £213.10

Jackpot £387,500.94 carried forward to Uttoxeter, 20th Mar
Placepot £41,288.40, Pool: £938888.56, 16.6 winning tickets
Quadpot £848.40, Pool: £54177.5, 47.25 winning tickets

Analysis

The rain arrived in the build-up to this race and it turned into a real battle between three horses at the last hurdle. BERTIES DREAM stuck on the best up the run-in to lift the prize at 33-1 but he showed great determination when push came to shove despite drifting to his right. Najaf has always been quite well regarded by Paul Nicholls and he travelled like thunder into the race but could not quite find the extra reserves as the winner pulled clear close home. Things got tight at the last hurdle and Restless Harry looked slightly unsighted and totally misjudged the obstacle. He had been kicked on at the top of the hill and was perhaps feeling the pinch as well - fortunately he got back to his feet after a nasty fall. Arvika Ligeonniere held every chance turning for home but ran out of gas while Silver Kate kept on well after racing prominently. Favourite Tell Massini did not give his running and was pulled up while Shinrock Paddy never looked happy in rear division and also failed to complete.