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14:50 Cheltenham

Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle (Grade 1) (Registered As The Spa Novices' Hurdle) (Class 1)

  • 20 Runners
  • Distance: 2m 7f 213y
  • Going: Soft (Heavy in places)
  • Surface: Turf
  • £136,260 added
  • Winner: £77,600
  • 2nd: £29,119
  • 3rd: £14,580
  • 4th: £7,263
Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 6m 13.60s
  • Off Time: 14:51:20
  • 20 Ran
2nd
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3rd
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11/4

    1
    Silk - Black and Beige (halved), chevrons on sleeves, Beige cap
    20/1
    • Form 2/1-41
    • Age 6
    • Weight 11-5
    • Official Rating 142

    held up in rear, headway before 2 out, driven to chase clear leaders before last, ridden and stayed on into 4th flat, not pace to trouble leaders

    2
    Silk - Emerald Green, Yellow chevron and sleeves, Red cap
    50/1
    • Form 043114
    • Age 6
    • Weight 11-5
    • Official Rating 139

    tracked leaders, lost place and dropped away quickly after 3 out, tailed off when pulled up before next

    3
    Silk - Emerald Green, Dark Green sleeves, Dark Green and Emerald Green quartered cap

    Calett Mad (FR)

    40 t DCD
    16/1
    • Form 2-11541
    • Age 6
    • Weight 11-5
    • Official Rating 142

    mid-division on inside, weakened 2 out, behind when pulled up before last

    4
    Silk - Red, pink hoop, armlets and cap
    • Form 7/2-2111
    • Age 6
    • Weight 11-5
    • Official Rating 150

    towards rear of mid-division on outside, headway 3 out, outpaced after next, never reached leaders weakened and pulled up before last

    5
    Silk - Pink and white (halved), black sleeves, black cap, pink star
    • Form 10-6211
    • Age 6
    • Weight 11-5
    • Official Rating 142

    tracked leader, led 7th, headed 3 out, chased clear leader, lost place next, weakened before last, tailed off

    6
    Silk - Royal Blue, White sleeves, Red cap

    Crucial Role

    50 BFD
    66/1
    • Form 142212
    • Age 6
    • Weight 11-5
    • Official Rating 139

    in touch, hit 8th, lost place after 3 out, behind and weakened next, pulled up before last

    7
    Silk - Maroon, white star, armlets and star on cap
    12/1
    • Form 1-16114
    • Age 5
    • Weight 11-5
    • Official Rating 140

    held up behind, headway into mid-division before 2 out, ridden and outpaced between last 2, never threatened leaders

    8
    Silk - Purple and Yellow (quartered), chevrons on sleeves, Yellow cap
    • Form 2-47311
    • Age 6
    • Weight 11-5
    • Official Rating 142

    always towards rear, weakened 2 out, tailed off

    9
    Silk - Red, pink hoop, pink armlets, white cap
    20/1
    • Form 123117
    • Age 6
    • Weight 11-5
    • Official Rating 145

    led to 7th, tracked leader, led again 3 out, soon clear, not fluent next, ridden and headed approaching last, weakened flat

    10
    Silk - Red, Light Green star and star on cap
    33/1
    • Form 5-13113
    • Age 7
    • Weight 11-5
    • Official Rating 143

    in touch, tracked clear leader 2 out, closed to lead approaching last, ridden clear when hung left flat, kept on

    11
    Silk - Black, pink epaulets, hooped sleeves and cap
    16/1
    • Form 1-1112
    • Age 5
    • Weight 11-5
    • Official Rating 145

    towards rear of mid-division, some headway under pressure after 2 out, never near leaders, weakened and pulled up before last

    12
    Silk - Royal Blue, White hoops, Maroon sleeves and cap
    50/1
    • Form 27-1124
    • Age 6
    • Weight 11-5
    • Official Rating 147

    chased leaders to 3 out, dropped away quickly soon after, tailed off when pulled up before next

    13
    Silk - Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap
    16/1
    • Form 12/121
    • Age 8
    • Weight 11-5
    • Official Rating 144

    held up mid-division, headway after 2 out, chased clear leaders between last 2, went 3rd when bunny hopped last, ridden and stayed on to chase winner final 100 yards, no impression

    14
    Silk - Royal Blue, Pink disc, Maroon sleeves, Royal Blue stars, Dark Blue cap, Pink spots
    33/1
    • Form 2-122
    • Age 6
    • Weight 11-5
    • Official Rating 142

    never better than mid-division, behind from 6th, tailed off

    15
    Silk - RED and YELLOW stripes, YELLOW sleeves, RED armlets, RED cap
    10/1
    • Form 330-131
    • Age 7
    • Weight 11-5
    • Official Rating 148

    in touch on inside, pushed along from 8th, lot place when ridden after 2 out, weakened between last 2, tailed off

    16
    Silk - Red, pink hoop and armlets
    33/1
    • Form 2-1F5
    • Age 5
    • Weight 11-5
    • Official Rating 147

    held up, always behind, weakened 2 out, tailed off

    17
    Silk - Royal blue and yellow (quartered), royal blue sleeves, yellow spots, royal blue cap
    50/1
    • Form 1331
    • Age 5
    • Weight 11-5
    • Official Rating 138

    mid-division, headway 3 out, ridden to chase clear pair between last 2 to before last, kept on, not pace to challenge

    18
    Silk - Grey, White epaulets

    Santini

    48 CD
    11/4
    • Form 1-11
    • Age 6
    • Weight 11-5
    • Official Rating 150

    held up behind, headway into mid-division 3 out, ridden after next, switched inside and kept on before last, went 3rd flat, no impression

    19
    Silk - White and black check, yellow sleeves, black stars, yellow cap
    25/1
    • Form 33-1141
    • Age 6
    • Weight 11-5
    • Official Rating 142

    mid-division, lost place before 3 out, weakened and behind next, pulled up after last

    20
    Silk - Emerald Green, Yellow hoops, Emerald Green cap, White star
    33/1
    • Form 4-11041
    • Age 5
    • Weight 11-5
    • Official Rating 142

    towards rear of mid-division, headway 4 out, driven to chase clear leaders after 2 out, stayed on to dispute 4th when blundered last, kept on same pace, never pace to challenge

    Previous results

    In depth

    Verdict

    Previous form over the trip is usually a plus in this and stamina will be at even more of a premium this year. Chef Des Obeaux has certainly improved for the step up in distance but was beaten comprehensively by stablemate SANTINI on his hurdling debut over 2m4f at Newbury and the latter went on to beat Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle runner-up Black Op here over 2m5f when he certainly wasn’t stopping up the hill. Nicky Henderson also runs Mr Whipped, who beat Paisley Park at Warwick before surrendering his unbeaten record at Musselburgh, and the unexposed Ok Corral. Calett Mad is a dour stayer and Poetic Rhythm won an epic duel with Mulcahys Hill in the Challow Hurdle at Newbury and that pair have nothing to fear from Kilbricken Storm on that run. Enniscoffey Oscar stayed on well to land a Grade 2 when stepped up to 3m at Doncaster and the home team looks stronger this year than the Irish contingent, of which Limerick and Clonmel winner Chris's Dream may be the pick ahead of Ballyward and Tower Bridge.

    Formwatch

    Ballyward (IRE) 9-10fav (11-12) Prominent early, chased leader from 1st, challenged 4 out, disputed travelling best entering straight, narrow lead before 2 out, mistake 2 out, soon ridden and strongly pressed, kept on well under pressure run-in, all out, won at Naas 2m 3f mdn Soft - Heavy in Jan beating As You Were (11-12) by 1/2l, 15 ran.

    Beyond The Law (IRE) 7-2 (11-10) Led, slight mistake 3 out, headed next, pushed along and no impression on winner approaching last, no extra, 4th of 8, 22 3/4l behind Dortmund Park (11-2) at Thurles 2m 6f hvy in Jan.

    Calett Mad (FR) 5-1 (11-8) Held up in rear, headway before 3 out, driven to chase leaders next, led narrowly last, ridden and stayed on well flat, won at Musselburgh 3m 2f hcp (2) sft in Feb beating Cresswell Legend (11-1) by 2l, 11 ran.

    Chef Des Obeaux (FR) 13-8fav (11-0) Tracked leaders, led after 4 out, clear before last, kept on strongly, won at Haydock 2m 7f (1) hvy in Feb beating Uppertown Prince (11-0) by 15l, 8 ran.

    Chris's Dream (IRE) 4-1 (11-2) Chased leader, disputed 1st and led 2nd, clear from 3rd, 8-length advantage halfway, extended advantage 5 out, in command and asserted closing stages, not extended, won at Clonmel 3m (1) hvy in Feb beating Carrigeen Acebo (10-9) by dist, 6 ran.

    Crucial Role 11-8fav (11-9) Held up behind leaders, went 3rd before 3rd, chased winner after 3 out, hard ridden approaching last, 1 length down and carried right flat, no impression towards finish, 2nd of 9, 2 3/4l behind King Uther (10-5) at Warwick 3m 2f hcp (3) hvy in Jan.

    Dortmund Park (FR) 5-2 (11-8) Chased leaders, not fluent 3 out, closed up travelling smoothly approaching straight, pushed along approaching last and briefly on terms, soon headed and one pace, 4th of 7, 6 1/4l behind Tower Bridge (11-8) at Leopardstown 2m 6f (1) sft in Feb.

    Enniscoffey Oscar (IRE) 9-2 (10-12) Held up mid-division, headway before 3 out, challenged 2 out, carried left run-in, kept on gamely to lead post, won at Doncaster 3m (1) sft in Jan beating Shannon Bridge (10-12) by shd, 8 ran.

    Fabulous Saga (FR) 7-4fav (11-10) Led, went on after 3rd and soon clear, reduced lead from before straight and headed approaching last, weakened, last of 7, 23 1/2l behind Tower Bridge (11-8) at Leopardstown 2m 6f (1) sft in Feb.

    Kilbricken Storm (IRE) 11-4 (11-7) Raced wide, held up in last pair, headway tracking leading pair 3rd, 2nd after 4 out, taken wide in straight, no impression when lost 2nd 3 out, one pace, no chance with leading duo, 3rd of 6, 23 1/4l behind Poetic Rhythm (11-7) at Newbury 2m 5f (1) hvy in Dec.

    Mr Whipped (IRE) 4-5fav (11-8) Tracked leaders, pushed along after 4 out, went 2nd before next, ridden between last 2, kept on same pace, held flat, 2nd of 6, 2 1/4l behind Red River (11-5) at Musselburgh 3m (2) sft in Feb.

    Mulcahys Hill (IRE) 11-4fav (11-5) Prominent, ridden and effort after 2 out, well held before last, stayed on into modest 4th flat, 4th of 9, 31 1/2l behind Santini (11-5) at Cheltenham 2m 4f (1) hvy in Jan.

    Ok Corral (IRE) Evensfav (11-10) Tracked leaders on outside and always going well, 2nd soon after 3 out, led approaching next, shaken up and 2 lengths ahead last, pushed readily clear run-in, won at Kempton 2m 5f (4) sft in Feb beating Run To Milan (11-10) by 8l, 12 ran.

    Paisley Park (IRE) 11-8fav (11-5) Tracked leaders in 4th, chased winner from 3 out, every chance before last, kept on and held towards finish, 2nd of 7, 1 1/4l behind Gowiththeflow (10-12) at Doncaster 2m 5f (4) gs in Feb.

    Poetic Rhythm (IRE) 15-8fav (11-7) Tracked leaders, hit 4 out, 3rd after 4 out, kept to inside in straight, went 2nd 3 out, challenged last, led run-in, stayed on gamely near finish, all out, won at Newbury 2m 5f (1) hvy in Dec beating Mulcahys Hill (11-7) by shd, 6 ran.

    Real Steel (FR) 14-1 (11-9) Led early, prominent, led again after 3rd, hit 5th, joined before 2 out, soon headed and one pace straight, 5th of 11, 13l behind Samcro (11-10) at Leopardstown 2m (1) sft in Feb.

    Robin Waters (FR) 4-9fav (10-12) Tracked leaders, went 2nd before 5 out, switched left to lead last, soon clear, readily`, won at Wetherby 2m 5f (4) hvy in Feb beating Coningsby (10-12) by 11l, 4 ran.

    Santini 4-1 (11-5) Mid-division, tracked leaders 3 out, went 2nd after next, ridden after last, stayed on well to lead closing stages, won at Cheltenham 2m 4f (1) hvy in Jan beating Black Op (11-5) by 3/4l, 9 ran.

    Talkischeap (IRE) 11-1 (11-0) Held up in last pair, smooth headway tracking leaders before 3 out, switched left to challenge leader in 2nd between last 2, led last, clear run-in, idled in closing stages, ridden out, won at Newbury 3m hcp (2) sft in Feb beating King Uther (10-4) by 2 1/4l, 8 ran.

    Tower Bridge (IRE) 25-1 (11-8) Towards rear, not fluent 1st, slight mistake 3 out, pushed along to close approaching straight, headway on outer to challenge from before last, stayed on well run-in to lead near line, won at Leopardstown 2m 6f (1) sft in Feb beating Jetz (11-10) by hd, 7 ran.