Today's racecards

Cheltenham

  • 14:40 Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle 3m

  • Winner £68,340 2nd £25,644 3rd £12,840 4th £6,396
  • Going: Soft, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 6m 40.10s
  • Off time: 14:41:20
14:40 Cheltenham Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st At Fishers Cross (IRE) 11/8
2nd African Gold (IRE) 9/2
3rd Inish Island (IRE) 13/2

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 2321 Dark Green, Yellow hoop and sleeves, Yellow cap, Dark Green star Aaim To Prosper (IRE) 13
Nag meDistance Winner
9 11-7 P F Nicholls D A Jacob 131 20/121.00
2 121111 Royal blue and grey diamonds, quartered cap African Gold (IRE) 36
Nag me
5 11-7 t N A Twiston-Davies S Twiston-Davies 135 9/25.50
3 25-1111 Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap At Fishers Cross (IRE) 48
Nag meCourse WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
6 11-7 Miss R Curtis A P McCoy 152 11/82.38
6 121517 Light green, royal blue chevron, chevrons on sleeves Bucking The Trend 36
Nag meDistance Winner
5 11-7 Tim Vaughan Aidan Coleman 122 100/1101.00
8 343-121 Dark blue, large white spots and sleeves Inish Island (IRE) 36
Nag me
7 11-7 W P Mullins R Walsh 145 13/27.50
9 10-1P2 BLACK and WHITE check, YELLOW sleeves, BLACK and WHITE quartered cap I Shot The Sheriff (IRE) 21
Nag me
6 11-7 t D Pipe T Scudamore 130 50/151.00
10 23-12 Red and White check, White cap Le Bec (FR) 98
Nag me
5 11-7 Miss E C Lavelle D C Costello 135 28/129.00
11 F1-3111 PURPLE and YELLOW stripes, BLACK sleeves and cap O'faolains Boy (IRE) 35
Nag meDistance Winner
6 11-7 Miss R Curtis J M Maguire 143 16/117.00
12 1-72113 Black and yellow diabolo, black sleeves, yellow cap Our Vinnie (IRE) 47
Nag meDistance Winner
6 11-7 C Byrnes P Carberry 142 7/18.00
13 918124 Light Blue, Red stars, Light Blue sleeves Return Spring (IRE) 24
Nag meBeaten Favourite
6 11-7 P J Hobbs R Johnson 130 100/1101.00
14 4-61811 Mauve, Light Blue stars Superior Quality (IRE) 40
Nag meDistance Winner
8 11-7 C E Longsdon N Fehily 139 33/134.00
15 958161 Black, yellow triple diamond, diabolo on sleeves and diamond on cap Virginia Ash (IRE) 20
Nag meDistance Winner
5 11-7 p C L Tizzard J Tizzard 116 100/1101.00
16 214111 Emerald Green, Dark Green sleeves, Dark Green and Emerald Green quartered cap Utopie Des Bordes (FR) 28
Nag me
5 11-0 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 142 12/113.00
Non runners
41-12230Ballybough Pat (IRE)611-7A J HoneyballNick Scholfield137
553/21-11Ballycasey (IRE)611-7W P MullinsR Walsh145
7P1-11Cloudy Copper (IRE)611-7Jonjo O'NeillR P Mclernon145

Verdict

If the weather forecast is correct, the rain will have already have got into the ground by the time the tapes go up for this contest and that can only help AT FISHERS CROSS. He's probably surprised even trainer Rebecca Curtis with the progress he's made this season but his form is very solid on soft going and, after beating today's rival Inish Island over 3m here in December, he outstayed Wednesday's impressive Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle winner The New One over 2m5f at the track in January. He can get the better of Inish Island's stablemate Ballycasey, successful at Clonmel and Thurles this winter, and the mare Utopie Des Bordes. African Gold is a tough novice and should give another good account while O'faolains Boy, another Rebecca Curtis runner, is improving fast and could sneak into a place. Cloudy Copper also warrants a mention, as does Our Vinnie, but this looks too tough for Aaim To Prosper as he was well handicapped when getting off the mark at Doncaster a couple of weeks ago.