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Albert Bartlett River Don Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 2) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £22780
  • 3m 0f 84y
  • Class 1
  • 10 runners
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Albert Bartlett River Don Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 2) (GBB Race)

Runners: 10 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Cloudy

9/2 (Won)

  • Win: £7.50
  • Place: £1.60

Form: 11-113

Last run: 57 days

W: 11st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 128

Form & Verdict

All starts on soft/good to soft; made it 5-5 with convincing win in Bangor novice (2m7f, soft) in November and creditable third in Grade 2 at Sandown last time (2m4f, soft; bled from the nose); has had wind surgery and the step up in trip could be a firm plus; he's on the shortlist.

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Verdict Starting price

2nd

8

14th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 149y

Class 1

16:40 Aintree

Maximilian

11st 8lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

Too strong for subsequent Albert Bartlett winner Stay Away Fay when winning Grade 2 at Doncaster (3m, good) in January and now 3-4 over hurdles (includes soft-ground win); there is little doubt that Stay Away Fay showed significant improvement at Cheltenham, but this 7yo still has potential.

5/1

1st

5

28th Jan 2023

Good

3m 0f 84y

Class 1

14:40 Doncaster

Maximilian

11st 0lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

held up in behind leaders on inner, niggled along briefly 4th, dropped to rear and outpaced 5th

9/2

3rd

5

2nd Dec 2022

Soft

2m 3f 173y

Class 1

14:20 Sandown

Maximilian

11st 2lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

Has assembled a blemish-free CV, winning his sole point (3m), both his bumpers and two novice hurdles; showed a jolt of improvement when scoring at Bangor (2m7f, soft) three weeks ago in clearcut style, giving weight all round; this is stronger but he's hard to pin down and should go well again.

9/4

9/4

  • Place: £1.50

Form: 1

Last run: 64 days

W: 11st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Bought for £305,000 after winning on his debut in an Irish maiden point (3m, good) in December 2021 and he impressed on his stable debut in a novice hurdle at Newbury (2m4f, good) in November, when staying on well to win by 5l; he's an exciting prospect for this top yard and is a major player.

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1

20th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 7f 176y

Class 1

15:35 Ayr

Stay Away Fay

12st 0lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Acts on soft; a leading staying novice hurdler last term and the same as a novice chaser this season, although he did not show it with first-time cheekpieces at Cheltenham Festival last month (scoped dirty); tops the weights after his Graded events but a win today is not entirely ruled out, as it's long appeared that an outright test of stamina would suit him well.

14/1

6

13th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 110y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

Stay Away Fay

11st 7lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Won last year's Albert Bartlett and has developed as expected switched to fences this season; won at Exeter and Sandown (3m Grade 2, soft) before third in Cotswold Chase here (3m1f, good to soft) against more experienced sorts; fast finish that day would not have suited and cheekpieces go on now; the one to beat if stamina comes into play, as it often does in this race.

5/2

3rd

4

27th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

3m 1f 56y

Class 1

13:50 Cheltenham

Stay Away Fay

11st 7lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Up-and-coming stayer who won last season's Albert Bartlett (Grade 1) at the Cheltenham Festival; 2-2 since switched to chasing, making all in Grade 2 at Sandown (3m, soft) latest; brings plenty of potential to open company and bids to cement his claims for the Brown Advisory (Grade 1 novice here in March); respected.

5/2

OUR TIP

20/1

  • Place: £3.90

Form: 53-213 C BF

Last run: 33 days

W: 11st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 121

Form & Verdict

Beat a next-time-out winner when scoring here (2m5f, good) in November and solid third at Huntingdon (2m3f, good to soft) since; however, his limitations are again likely to be exposed in today's company.

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6th

2

27th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 166y

Class 3

15:20 Cheltenham

Hurricane Bay

11st 8lb

J: Bryony Frost

T: Lucy Wadham

Dual novice hurdle winner last season (2m5f/3m) and placed in Doncaster Grade 2 (3m, good) in between; probably bumped into a very good one when second in Perth Listed race in April, and his handicap mark ought to be workable on this chasing debut.

8/1

2nd

5

26th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 207y

Class 1

15:00 Perth

Hurricane Bay

11st 2lb

J: Bryony Frost

T: Lucy Wadham

led but pestered, joined 8th, led again after 3 out, joined 2 out, soon ridden and headed, no extra run-in

4/1

Form: 21-141

Last run: 27 days

W: 11st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 124

Form & Verdict

Point (3m) and bumper winner who has won two of his three hurdle starts (2m4f/2m3f, good/soft), with a respectable fourth of six in a Grade 2 at Sandown in between (2m4f, soft; Maximilian third); the step up in trip could prompt improvement but others have stronger credentials.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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5th

1

22nd Jan 2024

Frozen

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

14:35 Warwick

Park This One

12st 2lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Jamie Snowden

Point (3m) and bumper winner who won two of his four hurdle starts (2m4f/2m3f, good/soft), with one of the defeats coming in a Grade 2 at Sandown; doesn't look on too bad a mark and his trainer has been looking forward to getting him over fences.

9/2

4th

6

28th Jan 2023

Good

3m 0f 84y

Class 1

14:40 Doncaster

Park This One

11st 0lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Jamie Snowden

took keen hold, prominent, not fluent 3rd

16/1

Form: 2523-1

Last run: 97 days

W: 11st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 126

Form & Verdict

Built upon the promise shown in Ireland when winning on his stable debut in a maiden at Aintree (2m4f, good to soft) in October; may have more to offer for this yard but it was a first win at the 14th attempt last time and he could be up against it in this higher grade.

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8th

5

11th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 1

15:30 Aintree

Mahons Glory

11st 10lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Patrick Neville

Won C&D maiden (good to soft) in October 2022 and readily made all in handicap at Kempton (2m5f, good) this December on second run for new yard; showed promise on soft/heavy earlier in career; takes a leap in grade today but it was a career-best performance last time and it remains to be seen where the ceiling of his ability now lies; not ruled out each-way at big odds.

66/1

1st

7

26th Dec 2023

Good

2m 5f 0y

Class 3

15:40 Kempton

Mahons Glory

11st 2lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Patrick Neville

Ex-Irish hurdler who won a maiden at Aintree (2m4f, good to soft) last October on first run for Dr Newland; ran creditably on his two starts later last term and his debut for another new yard at the start of this month was an impossible task in Grade 2 (wore hood and first-time cheekpieces, retained today); this return to a handicap also demands a career best, though.

14/1

5th

5

1st Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 52y

Class 1

15:00 Newbury

Mahons Glory

11st 2lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Patrick Neville

Ex-Irish hurdler who showed fairly useful form, including reappearance win, last term for Richard Newland; however, he's bottom of this pack on ratings; new headgear combination on first run for Patrick Neville.

66/1

9/1

Form: -12121 D

Last run: 82 days

W: 11st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict

Has a point/hunter chase background and won over fences in October; good second on hurdle debut at Cheltenham (3m, good) later that month and subsequently bolted up at 1-4 at Kempton (2m5f, good to soft); Beau Morgan can't claim but he's worth a second look given his trainer won this in 2019 and 2021.

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5th

3

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 210y

Class 1

14:30 Aintree

Twig

11st 7lb

J: Beau Morgan

T: Ben Pauling

Progressive last year, winning three times on good ground, and following a break he was better than ever when runner-up in the Ultima at Cheltenham (3m1f, heavy) last month under regular rider Beau Morgan; up 4lb to a career-high mark but may well play a leading role once more.

13/2

2nd

16

12th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 1f 0y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Twig

11st 4lb

J: Beau Morgan

T: Ben Pauling

Runner-up in all three starts at this course, twice when hurdling and once over C&D (good to soft) which followed a successful return to fences at Uttoxeter last July; on the back foot from some way out in the Coral Gold Cup at Newbury in December, though, and left on the same mark since.

20/1

11th

15

2nd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 214y

Class 1

14:50 Newbury

Twig

10st 2lb

J: Beau Morgan

T: Ben Pauling

Won over hurdles at Uttoxeter (2m7f, good) in May and followed up when back over fences there (3m2f, good) in July; returned from a break with good second of 13 at Cheltenham (3m1f, good to soft) in October and this progressive 8yo may have more left in the tank, but it's needed in this red-hot handicap.

14/1

Form: 7-7111 D

Last run: 41 days

W: 11st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict

Has won maiden/novice hurdles in Ireland on his last three starts (2m7f-3m1f, good-yielding); represents last year's winning yard and he's respected despite the up-and-coming Ben Harvey being unable to claim his usual 5lb.

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2

20th Jan 2024

Frozen

3m 0f 0y

15:05 Navan

Grand Soir

11st 12lb

J: Ben Harvey

T: John C McConnell

Progressive hurdler last term who recorded a hat-trick and satisfactory start to his chasing career in a beginners' at Punchestown last month; sure to come on for that first run in 10 months and one to consider.

9/1

3rd

3

12th Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 7f 150y

12:30 Punchestown

Grand Soir

11st 12lb

J: Ben Harvey

T: John C McConnell

Point winner two seasons ago for Pat Doyle; useful staying novice hurdler last season; won three in a row before disappointing run in Grade 2 contest at Doncaster in January; rated 131 over hurdles; built to make a staying chaser, though his form suggests a preference for better ground.

5/1

7th

1

28th Jan 2023

Good

3m 0f 84y

Class 1

14:40 Doncaster

Grand Soir

11st 0lb

J: Ben Harvey

T: John C McConnell

held up in behind leaders on outer, niggled along briefly after 7th

7/2

Form: 3112 D

Last run: 99 days

W: 11st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 134

Form & Verdict

Won two in a row this season (2m/3m, good/soft) before a good second at Cheltenham (2m4f, good) on final run for Ann Duffield; Patrick Neville has done extremely well with The Real Whacker, who has made the same trainer switch; might not be far away despite Tom Midgley being unable to claim.

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5

3rd Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 154y

Class 3

14:42 Wetherby

The Wounded Knee

11st 10lb

J: Theo Gillard

T: Roger Fell & Sean Murray

Looked very promising in autumn 2022 but ran just three times last year and struggled; lots to prove on first start since last June.

25/1

4

9th Jun 2023

Good

2m 4f 139y

Class 2

14:50 Market Rasen

The Wounded Knee

11st 3lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Roger Fell

Two wins for Ann Duffield last summer but even better when second in a Cheltenham novice on final start for her in October; little in two outings for Patrick Neville earlier this year and bit to prove on stable debut (same ownership).

20/1

Form: 13

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict

Finished alone to win 3m point (yielding to soft) on debut last February and made it 2-2 with easy win in Worcester maiden hurdle (2m4f, soft) in October; third (albeit soundly beaten) in the Grade 1 Challow at Newbury (2m4f, soft) latest and could improve for this longer trip; one to consider.

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5th

8

17th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

14:40 Cheltenham

Idalko Bihoue

10st 9lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Absent since running an inexplicably bad race at Kempton on Boxing Day (2m4f, good; 7-2); that was only his third run over fences and he merely had to be pushed out to win comfortably over this far on the Old course here the time before (good; off 7lb lower); placed in a Grade 1 novice as a hurdler and could be better handicapped than a lot of these.

7/1

6th

2

26th Dec 2023

Good

2m 4f 110y

Class 3

12:45 Kempton

Idalko Bihoue

11st 10lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Can lead; usually highly tried after impressive 2m4f hurdle debut win on soft last autumn; took a crashing fall on chase debut in October but no adverse effects three weeks later at Cheltenham (2m4f, good) where he had the race in safe keeping from some way out; up 8lb but future looks bright.

7/2

1st

7

27th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 166y

Class 3

15:20 Cheltenham

Idalko Bihoue

11st 2lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Impressed on hurdling debut at Worcester (2m4f, soft) last October and was creditable third in Grade 1 Challow at Newbury (2m4f, soft) just after Christmas; lost his way afterwards and fell on recent seasonal/chase debut but still has plenty of time to get career back on track.

6/1

Form: P36

Last run: 27 days

W: 11st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 111

Form & Verdict

3m point winner who was a fair third at Uttoxeter last month on the middle of his three hurdle starts, but dramatic improvement is needed in today's company and his trainer has much more realistic claims with Twig.

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6th

2

10th Apr 2023

Good

2m 4f 145y

Class 4

14:45 Huntingdon

Rock On Cowboy

12st 1lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Ben Pauling

Irish maiden point winner who showed some ability over 2m4f on his second and third hurdle starts; 66-1 in a Grade 2 novice race when pulled up at Doncaster (3m) latest, which can be forgiven; cheekpieces are now called upon for this handicap debut and the market may guide.

10/1

7

28th Jan 2023

Good

3m 0f 84y

Class 1

14:40 Doncaster

Rock On Cowboy

11st 0lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Ben Pauling

held up in rear on outer

66/1

6th

12

1st Jan 2023

Good

2m 4f 56y

Class 2

12:10 Cheltenham

Rock On Cowboy

11st 7lb

J: Luca Morgan

T: Ben Pauling

Irish maiden point winner (3m, yielding) in March; possibly unsuited by the heavy ground on rules debut and his third of 14 in novice hurdle at Uttoxeter (2m4f, good to soft) was much better; needs another advance.

25/1

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Payout
Exacta £214.00
Straight Forecast £217.80
Tricast £2461.30
Trifecta £3635.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Stay Away Fay

POSTDATA:

Idalko Bihoue

RP Ratings:

Grand Soir

The Times:

Maximilian

LAMBOURN:

Park This One

WEST COUNTRY:

Idalko Bihoue

Telegraph:

Idalko Bihoue

Daily Mail:

Idalko Bihoue

Daily Mirror:

Stay Away Fay

The Sun:

Stay Away Fay

The Star:

Stay Away Fay

Daily Record:

Stay Away Fay

D Express:

Maximilian

TOPSPEED:

Grand Soir

The Guardian:

Grand Soir