14:50 Cheltenham Fri 16 March 2018
- Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle (Grade 1) (Registered As The Spa Novices' Hurdle) (Class 1)
- 2m 7f 213y, Soft (Heavy in places)
- 20 Runners
- Surface: Turf
Last Year's Winner
|T: W P MullinsJ: P Townend|
Santini (11/4), Chris's Dream (6/1), Chef Des Obeaux (6/1), Poetic Rhythm (10/1), Dortmund Park (12/1), Ok Corral (16/1), Calett Mad (16/1), Mr Whipped (16/1), Ballyward (20/1), Fabulous Saga (20/1), Enniscoffey Oscar (25/1), Talkischeap (25/1), Kilbricken Storm (33/1), Tower Bridge (33/1), Real Steel (33/1), Paisley Park (33/1), Robin Waters (50/1), Beyond The Law (50/1), Mulcahys Hill (50/1), Crucial Role (66/1)
- Poetic Rhythm
- Chef Des Obeaux
- Chris's Dream
WHAT THE TRAINERS SAY
Nicky Henderson - Santini, Chef Des Obeaux, OK Corral, Mr Whipped: "I took Santini out one day at Ascot because it was soft, then I ran him back here on the soft and he went through it well, so hopefully he will be fine."
"This is totally Chef Des Obeaux's ground, but he is an absolutely useless work horse. I thought he is as slow as they come. He won well last time, though.
"Ok Corral should be fine on the ground. He has been fragile, but he is going the right way now and Barry (Geraghty) said we should up him to three miles as that will make it easier for him.
"The track (Musselburgh) was totally against Mr Whipped last time. I switched him at the last minute to run him up there and I shouldn't have done as I hadn't got him ready. Whether this ground will be to Mr Whipped's liking, I am not sure. They are four very different horses."
Patrick Mullins - Ballyward, Real Steel, Fabulous Saga: "Ballyward is the right sort of horse for the race in that he's a horse who stays well. The worry would be it tends to suit horses with plenty of experience and obviously he's only had the two runs over hurdles.
"Real Steel is stepping up a mile in trip, but both myself and Paul (Townend) felt the step up would help him improve.
"Fabulous Saga has lots of experience. He's in good form, but his two best performances have come when the ground has been very wet, so I just wonder how he'll handle it if it ends up being more tacky."
Henry de Bromhead - Chris's Dream: "I was pleasantly surprised last time and he did it nicely. I suppose this is the kind of ground he wants. We got him before Christmas. We liked him, but we didn't expect him to do it like that.
"He seems in good form and looks really well, but we will find out just how good he is on Friday. He is very straightforward at home."
Warren Greatrex - Mulcahys Hill: "It was my fault last time as I ran him too soon after the Challow and he ran a bit flat. I should have given him longer to get over the Challow as it was only four weeks earlier, but you live and learn.
"He was not far off beating Poetic Rhythm in the Challow and I know three miles will suit him better. He is giving me the impression he is in very good form and the softer the ground, the better for him."
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