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  • 14:40 Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle 3m

  • (Registered As The Spa Novices' Hurdle) (Grade 1) £100,000 added 4yo+ 20 ran
  • Winner £56,950 2nd £21,370 3rd £10,700 4th £5,330
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 5m 47.10s
  • Off time: 14:40:17

Full result

14:40 Cheltenham Result 16th March 2012
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st Brindisi Breeze (IRE) 11-7 C I Gillies Miss Lucinda V Russell 6 7/1
Tracked leader, led 9th, ridden 3 lengths clear off bend before last, stayed on well opened 17/2 touched 17/2 £10000-£1000
2nd 2 Boston Bob (IRE) 11-7 R Walsh W P Mullins 7 6/5f
Held up, headway approaching 2 out, ridden to chase winner before last, stayed on under pressure, no impression last 50 yards opened 6/5 touched 5/4 £11000-£8000(x3) £5500-£4000 £12500-£10000(x2) £1250-£1000(x4) £20000-£16000 £10000-£8000(x3) £5000-£4000(x11)
3rd Grand Vision (IRE) 11-7 T J O'Brien C L Tizzard 6 25/1
Tracked leaders, not fluent 8th, 3rd 2 out, soon ridden, unable to quicken after last, stayed on same pace final 75 yards opened 25/1 touched 25/1
4th 6 Lovcen (GER) 11-7 R Thornton A King 7 12/1
Mid-division, headway on inside after 3 out, not able to go with leaders after next, stayed on approaching last to take 4th flat, no impression opened 16/1 touched 16/1
5th ½ Meister Eckhart (IRE) 11-7 A P McCoy Miss R Curtis 6 22/1
Prominent, went 2nd soon after 3 out, every chance next, soon ridden, no extra approaching last opened 33/1 touched 33/1
6th 8 The Druids Nephew (IRE) 11-7 Nick Scholfield Andrew Turnell 5 100/1
Held up in rear, hit 8th, headway approaching 2 out, no further progess well before last and soon well held by leaders opened 100/1 touched 100/1
7th Mount Benbulben (IRE) 11-7 P Carberry G Elliott 7 11/1
Mid-division, took keen hold, not fluent 3rd, headway 8th, weakened after 2 out opened 9/1 touched 11/1
8th 7 Rocky Creek (IRE) 11-7 D A Jacob P F Nicholls 6 14/1
Soon towards rear, headway 9th, no impression after 3 out, hampered just after next, soon weakened opened 12/1 touched 14/1
9th ½ Fox Appeal (IRE) 11-7 N Fehily Miss E C Lavelle 5 18/1
Held up in rear, mistake 3 out, headway on inside after 2 out, soon no impression and weakened approaching last opened 20/1 touched 20/1
10th ¾ Tour Des Champs (FR) 11-7 S Twiston-Davies N A Twiston-Davies 5 150/1
Held up in rear, not fluent 6th, some headway when bumped just after 2 out, no further progress and soon weakened opened 150/1 touched 200/1
11th 17 Sivola De Sivola (FR) 11-7 P J Brennan T R George 6 16/1
Mid-division, pushed along from after 4th, no progress, weakened 3 out opened 18/1 touched 20/1
12th Benheir (IRE) 11-7 Aidan Coleman Miss R Curtis 6 100/1
Mid-division, hit 3 out, weakened approaching next opened 66/1 touched 100/1
13th 19 Dawn Commander (GER) 11-7 R Johnson C E Longsdon 5 66/1
Tracked leaders, not fluent 4th, pushed along after 9th, weakened after 3 out, mistake 2 out, tailed off opened 100/1 touched 100/1
14th 5 Big Occasion (IRE) 11-7 T Scudamore D Pipe 5 50/1
Led, headed 9th, lost place approaching 2 out, soon bumped and weakened, tailed off opened 50/1 touched 50/1
15th ¾ Sea Of Thunder (IRE) 11-7 D N Russell C Byrnes 7 9/1
Tracked leaders, 6th and going ok after 3 out, ridden next, soon weakened, tailed off opened 10/1 touched 10/1
16th 6 Fill The Power (IRE) 11-7 S Byrne Mrs S J Smith 6 125/1
Tracked leaders, pushed along and lost place approaching 7th, well beaten 3 out, tailed off opened 100/1 touched 125/1
17th Hard To Swallow (IRE) 11-7 A P Cawley M Keighley 6 33/1
Mid-division, headway apoproaching 8th, weakened after 3 out, tailed off opened 33/1 touched 33/1
PU American Spin 11-7 Timmy Murphy L A Dace 8 100/1
Mid-division on outside, lost place before 7th, weakened from next, tailed off when pulled up before last opened 100/1 touched 100/1
PU Ipsos Du Berlais (FR) 11-7 D J Condon N Meade 6 20/1
Mid-division, pushed along and struggling to hold place when hampered on bend after 6th, soon in rear, tailed off 3 out, pulled up before last opened 33/1 touched 33/1
PU The Bosses Cousin (IRE) 11-7 P Townend W P Mullins 7 66/1
In rear, pecked 8th, well beaten 3 out, pulled up before last opened 66/1 touched 66/1

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £8.70 Tote Place: £2.60,1.40,7.10
Straight Forecast: £15.18 Exacta: £17.20 Trifecta: £306.70 Swingers: 1&2:3.60 2&3:16.80 1&3:33.70

Jackpot: £76,027.09 carried forward to Uttoxeter, 17th Mar
Placepot: £627.40, Pool: £1016468.06, 1182.5 winning tickets
Quadpot: £12.80, Pool: £49090.56, 2832.38 winning tickets

Verdict

Very few got into this truth be told as BRINDISI BREEZE led the field a merry dance from the start and found plenty for pressure in the closing stages. The winner has been picking up prizes in the north on testing ground throughout the winter but produced a career-best effort on this quicker going as his slick hurdling had his rivals on the stretch from the top of the hill. He was clear two and it was just a question of how much he would find under pressure up the hill - the answer was plenty and another good leap at the last kept Boston Bob at bay. Lucinda Russell has done a tremendous job with him and has a fantastic novice chase campaign to look forward to next season if stumps are drawn now. The runner-up was one of the strongest favourites of the week and although he looked sure to be suited by this step up to three miles, took an eon to get going. He was nudged along after four out at the back of the pack before Ruby Walsh had to get really serious at the next hurdle. There was a response as the field came down the hill but he still had a deal of ground to make up on the leader turning in. For a moment or two he looked like he might just get on terms but he was not as slick as the winner at the last and could not make up the ground despite a gallant attempt. He will be a force back on soft ground next winter for certain over staying trips. Grand Vision kept on to fill the frame having been prominent from an early stage while Lovcen made ground from the rear under pressure but never at any stage threatened to get into the contest. Meister Eckhart was put in his place again by the winner and was spent force in the home straight but The Druids Nephew ran a pleasing race for the future, all be it being well beaten by the principals. Mount Benbulben had been well touted coming over from Ireland and he had no more to give after two out, where Benheir and Rocky Creek collided in midair as they already started to tread water. Fox Appeal could never land a blow while Sivola De Sivola was unlucky to miss out on getting into the Pertemps Final, where he would have fared better against handicappers.