Cheltenham

  • 14:40 Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle 3m

  • Winner £56,950 2nd £21,370 3rd £10,700 4th £5,330
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 5m 47.10s
  • Off time: 14:40:17
14:40 Cheltenham Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Brindisi Breeze (IRE) 7/1
2nd Boston Bob (IRE) 6/5
3rd Grand Vision (IRE) 25/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 22123 White, dark blue hoops and armlets, dark blue and white hooped cap American Spin 34
8 11-7 L A Dace Timmy Murphy 130 100/1101.00
2 67-112 Dark Blue and White stripes, halved sleeves Benheir (IRE) 26
Beaten Favourite
6 11-7 Miss R Curtis Aidan Coleman 129 100/1101.00
3 141 Dark Blue, White chevron, chevrons on sleeves, striped cap Big Occasion (IRE) 25
Distance Winner
5 11-7 b D Pipe T Scudamore 130 50/151.00
4 1/31-111 Black and Beige (halved), chevrons on sleeves, Beige cap Boston Bob (IRE) 47
Distance Winner
7 11-7 W P Mullins R Walsh 147 6/52.20
5 B12111 Black, purple sleeves, white armlets, white cap Brindisi Breeze (IRE) 27
Distance Winner
6 11-7 Miss Lucinda V Russell C I Gillies 148 7/18.00
6 311372 Royal Blue, Dark Green sleeves and cap Dawn Commander (GER) 16
Beaten FavouriteDistance Winner
5 11-7 C E Longsdon R Johnson 133 66/167.00
7 2-12154 Black, yellow disc, halved sleeves, black and yellow quartered cap Fill The Power (IRE) 20
6 11-7 Mrs S J Smith S Byrne 130 125/1126.00
8 50-1311 White, Grey spots, White cap Fox Appeal (IRE) 57
Distance Winner
5 11-7 Miss E C Lavelle N D Fehily 138 18/119.00
9 2-23211 YELLOW, BLACK chevron, check cap Grand Vision (IRE) 27
Distance Winner
6 11-7 C L Tizzard T J O'Brien 136 25/126.00
10 1-2F442 Beige, Grey sleeves and cap Hard To Swallow (IRE) 35
Distance Winner
6 11-7 M Keighley A P Cawley 130 33/134.00
11 1/11231 Maroon, white star and armlet, white cap Ipsos Du Berlais (FR) 62
Distance Winner
6 11-7 N Meade D J Condon 133 20/121.00
12 21-41F1 PINK and PURPLE check, PINK sleeves, BLACK cap Lovcen (GER) 27
Distance Winner
7 11-7 A King R Thornton 142 12/113.00
13 1113 Red, white hoops, dark blue sleeves, white stars, dark blue cap, white star Meister Eckhart (IRE) 27
6 11-7 Miss R Curtis A P McCoy 133 22/123.00
14 11-S112 YELLOW, dark blue sash, dark blue cap, yellow star Mount Benbulben (IRE) 89
Beaten FavouriteDistance Winner
7 11-7 G Elliott P Carberry 137 11/112.00
15 1-21 Royal blue, red sleeves, white spots, red cap, white spots Rocky Creek (IRE) 48
Distance Winner
6 11-7 P F Nicholls D A Jacob 140 14/115.00
16 4-312F5 Maroon, white star, armlets and star on cap Sea Of Thunder (IRE) 47
Distance Winner
7 11-7 C Byrnes D N Russell 137 9/110.00
17 7-11514 Black, pink stars, white sleeves and cap Sivola De Sivola (FR) 48
Distance Winner
6 11-7 T R George P J Brennan 132 16/117.00
18 26/11 Emerald Green, Pink diamond and sleeves, White cap The Bosses Cousin (IRE) 41
7 11-7 W P Mullins P Townend 66/167.00
19 2131 Black, Red braces and sleeves, Red and Black quartered cap The Druids Nephew (IRE) 62
Distance Winner
5 11-7 Andrew Turnell Nick Scholfield 131 100/1101.00
20 F-1F32P EMERALD GREEN, WHITE stars, EMERALD GREEN cap, WHITE star Tour Des Champs (FR) 27
5 11-7 N A Twiston-Davies Sam Twiston-Davies 129 150/1151.00

Verdict

The step up in distance at Doncaster clearly suited Rocky Creek but he may lack the experience for a contest like this. Brindisi Breeze was hugely impressive when making all in a Grade 2 at Haydock last time and that form has already been franked. However, it appears that soft ground is the key to Lucinda Russell's gelding and he won't get that here. Two of Fox Appeal's three wins have come in handicaps but there could be more to come from Benheir over this longer trip. The Irish won't hear of defeat for BOSTON BOB, however, and Willie Mullins' seven-year-old can extend his unbeaten record over hurdles with victory here. He may not have beaten much at Leopardstown last time but was carrying a Grade 1 penalty that day incurred for a more impressive defeat of Mount Benbulben and Ipsos Du Berlais at Navan in December. He's already won over 3m between the flags. Hard To Swallow is still a maiden but has some fair form to his name and is another who should be suited by the step up in trip - he could run well at big odds.