16:10 Haydock Sat 16 February 2019

  • Albert Bartlett Prestige Novices' Hurdle (Grade 2) (Class 1)
  • 3m 58y, Good (Good to Soft in Places)
  • 9 Runners
  • Winner£16,938.002nd£6,387.003rd£3,192.004th£1,593.005th£801.006th£399.007th£201.00
  • Surface: Turf
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Winning time:6m 7.9sOff time:16:12:31
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1
611-3OR: 136D
13/2

Grade 2 winner at Cheltenham (3m, good to soft) in December beating today's rival Lisnagar Oscar by just under 3L; penalised and folded quickly when finishing fourth in the Leamington Novices' Hurdle (2m5f) at Warwick last month.

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2
611-1OR: 132D
11/1

Progressive; sprung a 50/1 surprise when winning the French Furze at Newcastle in December (form franked since); open to further improvement over 3m (Ayr winner); one to keep firmly on your side.

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3
610-12OR: 131
14/1

Asserted on the flat when breaking his duck at Huntingdon on Boxing Day (2m3f+, soft) before finding the exciting Downtown Getaway far stronger at Ascot latest; possible stamina question marks over 3m.

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4
610-12OR: 133
10/1

Beaten a short-head by today's rival Star of Lanka on his penultimate start (2m3f+ Hereford) before ploughing through the mud to score by 4L from Samburu Shujaa when upped in trip (2m7f) at Lingfield; respected in a tougher race.

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5
610-12OR: 131D
11/1

Relishes some cut underfoot and is a novice on an upward curve (2-3 over hurdles); caught a shade too far back on handicap debut over C&D last month before staying on well to finish third to Closing Ceremony; a fraction more is required.

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6
610-12OR: 141
11/4

Classy bumper winner who is improving steadily with each and every racecourse appearance over hurdles (now 2-3); fine effort when beaten in excess of 3L by Champ in the Grade 1 Challow at Newbury (gd/sft); first start over this 3m trip.

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7
610-12OR: 133D
15/2

Couldn't reel in today's rival Rockpoint in a Grade 2 contest at Cheltenham in December (beaten 2¾L) but has justified favouritism in game style in a fair race at Chepstow (2m3f+) since; still open to further improvement.

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8
510-12OR: 130
11/1

Picked up for £40,000 in May 2018; already a dual hurdles scorer for new connections; saw off today's rival Geordie B by a short-head on the second occasion (2m3f+ Hereford) and far from disgraced on handicap debut in the Lanzarote (Listed) since.

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9
610-12OR: 136
9/2

Well placed in bumpers and boasts an overall strike-rate of 50% (4-8) with his form figures over timber reading 1,2,1,2; finished a couple of places and 6L in front of Rockpoint when runner-up to Beakstown at Warwick (2m5f, good) last month.

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10
610-12OR: 133
11/1

Fell at the first when well supported in the 2m4f Grade 2 Winter Novices' Hurdle at Sandown in December (heavy) and has filled the minor places behind today's rival Lisnagar Oscar at Chepstow since; today's longer trip is potentially favourable.

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Last Year's Winner

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Chef Des Obeaux611-013/8
T: N J HendersonJ: N D Fehily

Betting

Forecast

Kateson (11/4), Stoney Mountain (9/2), Rockpoint (13/2), Lisnagar Oscar (15/2), Geordie B (10/1), Ask Ben (11/1), Star Of Lanka (11/1), Highland Hunter (11/1), Truckin Away (11/1), Admiral Barratry (14/1)

Verdict

An intriguing race in prospect with a whole host of promising novices in the line-up, some of whom are tackling this 3m trip for the very first time. Kateson is the obvious starting point and is continuing to progress over hurdles with his close-up third to Champ in the Challow at Newbury the standout piece of form on offer. However, the likes of Lisnagar Oscar and the soft-ground proven Geordie B could prove better suited by such a test of stamina and the very likeable ASK BEN is overlooked at your peril. He sprung a surprise when winning the French Furze at Newcastle in December (form franked by Beakstown) and sports few obvious flaws over this longer trip.
  1. Ask Ben
  2. Lisnagar Oscar
  3. Geordie B

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