Cheltenham

  • 15:40 Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle 3m

  • Winner £14,252 2nd £5,348 3rd £2,678 4th £1,335
  • Going: Good to Soft, Good in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 6m 4.80s
  • Off time: 15:40:26
15:40 Cheltenham Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Mossley (IRE) 3/1
2nd Join Together (IRE) 14/1
3rd Teaforthree (IRE) 13/2

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 5/4621-1 RED and WHITE (halved), RED sleeves, WHITE armlets, quartered cap Badgers Cove (IRE) 19
Distance Winner
6 11-4 R Dickin C Poste 33/134.00
2 734-21 Red and Purple (quartered), Yellow sleeves, Red cap Golden Chieftain (IRE) 17
5 11-4 C L Tizzard J Tizzard 3/14.00
3 1-1 White and Red check, Red sleeves, White armlets, Yellow cap Highland Valley (IRE) 32
5 11-4 Miss E C Lavelle S Thomas 3/14.00
4 F-11 White, black cap Mossley (IRE) 41
4 11-4 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 3/14.00
5 31/325-1 Red and White stripes, Black and White striped cap Rif (FR) 48
Distance Winner
5 11-4 h A M Hales D F O'Regan 128 22/123.00
6 213-421 White, light blue braces, sleeves and cap Teaforthree (IRE) 19
Distance Winner
6 11-4 Miss R Curtis A P McCoy 130 13/27.50
7 45/2613- Light Blue, Red and Black striped sleeves Galant Nuit (FR) 268
Beaten FavouriteCourse Winner
6 11-0 Ferdy Murphy G Lee 132 12/113.00
8 3/21-3 Royal blue, orange star, royal blue sleeves, orange stars and cap Join Together (IRE) 39
Distance Winner
5 11-0 P F Nicholls D Cottin 14/115.00
9 251-41 Black, red spots, white cap Old Wigmore (IRE) 34
Distance Winner
5 11-0 Miss R Curtis T Scudamore 20/121.00
Non runners
103/270-23Smooth Classic (IRE)611-0W GreatrexWayne Hutchinson115
11132Sybarite (FR)411-0N A Twiston-DaviesP J Brennan

Verdict

HIGHLAND VALLEY is held in high regard by Emma Lavelle and shrugged off negative vibes in the betting ring to score decisively on his hurdling debut at Exeter. There is plenty of stamina in his pedigree so this slightly longer distance should suit and he can extend his unbeaten record under rules. Mossley still needs to brush up his jumping but had few problems landing the odds at Huntingdon in October and can only improve. Sybarite's second over 2m5f here last month was a promising start over timber while Golden Chieftain won very easily at Chepstow, though looks the type that may always show his best form with plenty of give in the ground. Ffos Las winner Teaforthree may be the pick of the remainder.