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Cheltenham

  • 14:40 Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle 3m

  • (Registered As The Spa Novices' Hurdle) (Grade 1) £100,000 added 4yo+ 18 ran
  • Winner £57,010 2nd £21,390 3rd £10,710 4th £5,340
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 5m 42.00s
  • Off time: 14:40:12

Full result

14:40 Cheltenham Result 18th March 2011
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st Bobs Worth (IRE) 11-7 B J Geraghty N J Henderson 6 15/8f
Mid-division, headway 7th, tracking leaders 2 out, led and jumped left last, edged right flat, driven out opened 5/2 touched 5/2 £25000-£10000 £10000-£4000(x6) £5000-£2000(x3) £9000-£4000(x5) £2250-£1000(x8) £20000-£10000 £10000-£5000 £8000-£4000 £6000-£3000(x10) £4000-£2000(x9) £1500-£800(x3)
2nd Mossley (IRE) 11-7 A P McCoy N J Henderson 5 12/1
Held up in rear, headway after 9th, driven to chase winner approaching last, held towards finish opened 12/1 touched 14/1
3rd 6 Court In Motion (IRE) 11-7 Jack Doyle Miss E C Lavelle 6 9/1
Mid-division, took keen hold, headway 8th, challenged 2 out until ridden approaching last, no extra flat opened 9/1 touched 9/1
4th 5 Champion Court (IRE) 11-7 W Marston M Keighley 6 16/1
Held up in rear, took keen hold, headway approaching 3 out, ridden after 2 out, went 4th approaching last, no impression on leaders opened 12/1 touched 16/1 £18000-£1000
5th Kilcrea Kim (IRE) 11-7 R Johnson P J Hobbs 6 6/1
Chased leaders, pushed along and effort 2 out, one pace and no impression approaching last opened 8/1 touched 8/1
6th 6 Ackertac (IRE) 11-7 P J Brennan N A Twiston-Davies 6 40/1
Mid-division, outpaced after 3 out, some headway approaching last, no impression opened 40/1 touched 40/1
7th Our Island (IRE) 11-7 T Scudamore Tim Vaughan 6 33/1
Chased leaders, mistake 4th, lost place approaching 6th, mistake 8th, hampered 2 out, stayed on approaching last, no chance with leaders opened 28/1 touched 33/1
8th hd Teaforthree (IRE) 11-7 Aidan Coleman Miss R Curtis 7 28/1
Prominent, went 2nd after 3 out, every chance when blundered 2 out, weakened approaching last opened 33/1 touched 33/1
9th 1 Allee Garde (FR) 11-7 D J Casey W P Mullins 6 66/1
Held up in rear, mistake 2nd, not fluent when hampered 3 out, no impression opened 50/1 touched 66/1
10th Sybarite (FR) 11-7 Sam Twiston-Davies N A Twiston-Davies 5 25/1
Chased leaders, lost place 9th, weakened approaching 2 out opened 20/1 touched 25/1
11th No Secrets (IRE) 11-7 Wayne Hutchinson W Greatrex 7 50/1
Led, hit 4th, ridden and headed approaching last, soon weakened opened 40/1 touched 50/1
PU Fiulin 11-7 Paul Moloney Evan Williams 6 66/1
Prominent, weakened after 9th, pulled up after 2 out opened 50/1 touched 66/1
PU Gagewell Flyer (IRE) 11-7 P Townend W P Mullins 7 15/2
In rear, mistake 5th, headway approaching 3 out, weakened before 2 out, pulled up before last opened 8/1 touched 8/1 £4500-£500 £8000-£1000
PU Join Together (IRE) 11-7 R Walsh P F Nicholls 6 8/1
Mid-division, lost place approaching 8th, behind when pulled up before 2 out opened 15/2 touched 9/1
PU Moonlight Drive (IRE) 11-7 G Lee J J Quinn 5 20/1
Held up, not always fluent, ridden and struggling before 3 out, pulled up before next opened 16/1 touched 20/1
PU Radetsky March (IRE) 11-7 J M Maguire M Bradstock 8 66/1
Prominent, ridden after 3 out, weakened approaching 2 out, pulled up after 2 out opened 66/1 touched 66/1
PU Start Me Up (IRE) 11-7 D N Russell C F Swan 7 80/1
Towards rear, headway on outside 7th, mid-division and still going ok when hampered 2 out, weakened after, pulled up before last opened 66/1 touched 80/1
F Jetnova (IRE) 11-7 R Thornton A King 6 40/1
Held up in rear, headway 9th, niggled along and tracking leaders when fell 2 out opened 33/1 touched 40/1
NR Fully Funded (USA) 11-7 P Carberry N Meade 6
NR Rif (FR) 11-7 D F O'Regan A M Hales 6

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £0.00 Tote Place: ££1.50,£3.10,£3.00
Straight Forecast: £0.00 Exacta: £0.00 Trifecta: £0.00 Swingers: 1&2:£6.20 2&3:£14.70 1&3:£4.40

Jackpot: £251,836.38 carried forward to Uttoxeter, 19th Mar
Placepot: £4,332.10, Pool: £969985.4, 163.45 winning tickets
Quadpot: £530.70, Pool: £45633.74, 63.62 winning tickets

Verdict

An utterly commanding performance from trainer Nicky Henderson. There had been plenty of conjecture as to which race BOBS WORTH should go for, but his trainer knew best, and the well-backed favourite and his supporters hardly had a moments worry. He was not good three from home, but his jumping had been so fluent previously that he was almost in-front by that point. He was still on the bridle approaching the second-last hurdle, and although he idled after the last, he was never going to lose. Barry Geraghty, who sold the horse to his boss, was going to make sure of that, as he made sure that Tony McCoy on Mossley had no room up the rail to renew a challenge after the last. The winner looks a bit of a machine in all truth, and he looks a feasible World Hurdle horse if staying over hurdles, and a leading player for the Novice chases if tackling a fence next year. That's where the runner-up's future lies, but he's certainly made hay over hurdles this year. He wasn't that fluent mid-race but crept into it before the turn for home. The winner always looked to have his measure, but he rallied well after the line and this was a much better run than at Warwick last time. Court In Motion was quite keen, but he travelled well for a long way and challenged before the second-last. Admittedly the winner was travelling all over him in-behind, but he ran well, and his effort only stuttered after the last as he tired. Champion Court was another who moved with purpose for a long way, however he had a little bit of ground to make up coming down the hill and was never able to bridge the gap. Kilcrea Kim ran well in fifth; he's game and honest enough, but he just lacked the class of those ahead of him. Teaforthree was well-held in the end but he had every chance coming down the hill before blundering at the second-last which knocked the wind out of his sails, whilst Join Together never jumped for Ruby Walsh and was struggling from an early stage; he needs softer ground. Gagewell Flyer made a bad mistake at the fifth and was struggling thereafter, whilst Jetnova had not been completely shaken off when falling two from home.