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  • 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
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  • Winning time: 5m 42.00s
  • Off time: 14:40:12

Bobs Worth the wait

One-two for Nicky Henderson

Last Updated: 18/03/11 3:46pm

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Bobs Worth: Albert Bartlett winner

Bobs Worth: Albert Bartlett winner

Bobs Worth led home a Nicky Henderson one-two in the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham.

The Lambourn trainer has been hitting the bar all week but Bobs Worth was a well-backed 15-8 favourite after Henderson decided to wait for this race instead of going for the Neptune.

It proved the right decision as Barry Geraghty booted home the jolly by two-and-a-quarter lengths from stablemate Mossley (12-1).

Court In Motion was third at 9-1.

Family fortunes

Geraghty, who was also securing his first Festival winner of the week, said: "I've had some great rides this week. They all ran well and we've had no real hard-luck stories.

"We got him as a yearling off my brother and then Nicky bought him off us as a four-year-old.

"I said all week it was just important to get one on the board and then worry about the second - I'm very much a realist and I know it can go against you.

"I didn't have bad results, I just didn't have the right result."

Henderson, who saddled four seconds on Tuesday, added of the winner: "The owner took a bit of convincing to go for this race rather than the Neptune on Wednesday but all he does is stay - he's an out-and-out three-miler.

"Tuesday was like purgatory. It has taken a while but thankfully we have got one on the board.

"I feel desperately sorry for Michael Buckley (owner of Mossley) who had two seconds (Spirit Son and Finian's Rainbow) on Tuesday and lost a horse yesterday (Lush Life), it's awful but his horse has run a blinder and been beaten by one of our own."

Buckley said: "He's only five and the winner is six, and I think that makes a big difference.

"The other horse is just a bit more grown up than ours.

"I shouldn't imagine he'd run again this season, and we'll come back novice chasing."

Emma Lavelle, trainer of Court In Motion, said: "It would have been great to have won but he's run a blinder to finish third.

"On quicker ground he just lacks that change of gear.

"He galloped all the way to the line and I can't wait to send him chasing next year."

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