Home / February 18 / 16:25 Haydock

16:25 Haydock

Good To Soft

Albert Bartlett Prestige Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 2) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £28475
  • 3m 0f 58y
  • Class 1
  • 13 runners
RTV
View Course
Albert Bartlett Prestige Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 2) (GBB Race)

Runners: 13 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

8/1 (Won)

  • Win: £9.50
  • Place: £2.20

Form: 62-112 D BF

Last run: 35 days

W: 11st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 128

Form & Verdict

Won two in a row at Chepstow (2m3f/2m7f, good to soft) towards the end of last year and again ran well when 2l second of four to Collectors Item at Kempton (3m, soft) last month; he's 4lb better off with the winner and could still have more to offer for his top trainer; could be involved.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

2nd

1

31st Mar 2024

Good To Soft

3m 1f 152y

Class 3

15:40 Plumpton

Makinyourmindup

12st 0lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Second run over fences was disappointing but he's come back with wins in two small-field handicaps over 2m7f at Newbury (again on heavy); raised another 5lb but he's on the up and today's extra yardage may well help.

13/8

1st

1

2nd Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 86y

Class 3

16:05 Newbury

Makinyourmindup

11st 10lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Second run over fences was disappointing but he responded two months later with improved form to win a five-runner handicap over C&D (again on heavy); switching back to a left-handed track may have helped that day; up 3lb but still looks the sort with more to offer.

11/4

1st

5

10th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 7f 86y

Class 3

15:50 Newbury

Makinyourmindup

11st 0lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Looked a smart prospect when winning Haydock Grade 2 novice hurdle (3m, good to soft) 12 months ago; hasn't lived up to that billing, although he made a satisfactory chasing debut when fourth in Exeter handicap (3m, good to soft) in November; jumped left and finished tired in very testing conditions at Leicester next time; not one to write off just yet, especially as switching back to a left-handed track (all three wins) could suit.

4/1

9/1

  • Place: £2.60

Form: 2-151 D

Last run: 35 days

W: 11st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 125

Form & Verdict

Beat a useful sort on hurdle debut at Chepstow (2m, good) in October and bounced back from Grade 2 defeat at Cheltenham to win four-runner novice at Kempton (3m, soft) last month, beating Makin'yourmindup by 2l; 4lb worse off with the runner-up here but he's a likeable sort and is respected.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

4th

2

19th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 45y

Class 3

15:45 Wetherby

Collectors Item

11st 4lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

raced in second, niggled along briefly after 10th, pushed along from 14th, weakened 4 out

6/1

7th

5

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 131y

Class 2

15:08 Chepstow

Collectors Item

11st 5lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Won a novice here; sent chasing this term, staying on well when good fourth at Sandown (3m, soft) on third attempt but a flop when favourite over 3m4f on heavy at Haydock latest; wore cheekpieces for those last two starts; back hurdling in need of a career best.

11/1

11/2

  • Place: £1.90

Form: 21

Last run: 17 days

W: 11st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 125

Form & Verdict

Won on debut in Irish maiden point (3m, soft) in 2020 and it was his first run since when a promising second over hurdles at Carlisle (2m4f, heavy) last October; easily went one better at Exeter (2m5f, good to soft) recently and could have more to offer for top yard; one to consider.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

8th

9

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 210y

Class 1

14:30 Aintree

The King Of Ryhope

10st 11lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Lightly raced 3m point winner whose best hurdle run came over 3m, and he tackled that trip for the first time over fences in a Grade 2 novice at Ascot (3m, good to soft) in February, travelling well into contention but making a race-losing mistake at final fence (finished 3l fourth of five); there will be a slight doubt about him if he's back on soft/heavy but he's unexposed over staying trips and could be better than his current mark.

5/1

4th

4

17th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 1

13:50 Ascot

The King Of Ryhope

11st 2lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Third in Grade 2 novice hurdle over 3m last February and won a handicap on chase debut at Chepstow (2m3f, good to soft) in October; however, well beaten the next twice (Grade 2 most recently); plenty to prove.

20/1

OUR TIP

Form: 27-11P

Last run: 35 days

W: 11st 5lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 125

Form & Verdict

Won two novice hurdles at odds-on in the autumn (2m4f/2m5f, good); he's better than he showed in a hot handicap at Kempton last month (2m5f; pulled up) but the soft ground should have been fine and he needs to bounce back.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

3rd

7

17th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

14:40 Cheltenham

Scarface

10st 9lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

Improving chaser who has won three of his last four and again impressed with his jumping en route to a clearcut success at Plumpton two weeks ago (2m3f, good); could be progressive enough to deal with the 6lb rise but now tackles some tried-and-trusted handicappers at this loftier level; unquestionably needs his best form yet.

8/1

1st

5

1st Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 164y

Class 2

14:25 Plumpton

Scarface

11st 8lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

Progressive chaser with a course win on the board and produced his best form yet with a workmanlike display at Sandown (2m4f, good to soft); no reason why he shouldn't have a major say off 3lb higher.

7/2

1st

3

9th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 10y

Class 1

15:35 Sandown

Scarface

10st 13lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

Has improved with each of his five runs over fences and won in first-time cheekpieces (retained since) at Plumpton (2m3f, soft) two outings ago; another good run when second to Kotmask there (2m3f, soft) last time; every chance he'll continue to progress and he could be in the mix once more.

5/1

Form: 11

Last run: 51 days

W: 11st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 117

Form & Verdict

Won his sole Irish maiden point (3m, soft) last April and has been a cosy winner on his first two hurdle starts (2m4f/2m6f, soft/heavy); faces different ground and classier opposition here, but this unbeaten 6yo looks to be a very promising stayer in the making.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

5th

4

18th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 58y

Class 1

16:25 Haydock

De Legislator

11st 2lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

Won his sole Irish maiden point (3m, soft) last April and has been a cosy winner on his first two hurdle starts (2m4f/2m6f, soft/heavy); faces different ground and classier opposition here, but this unbeaten 6yo looks to be a very promising stayer in the making.

13/2

Form: 46-151

Last run: 42 days

W: 11st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 120

Form & Verdict

Two-time 3m point winner who, following a wind op, made it 2-3 over hurdles when scoring at Newcastle (2m4f, soft) in a first-time tongue-tie (retained); other win came over 2m5f on good; others have better form and Patrick Wadge can't claim his usual 7lb, while he faded over 3m two starts ago, but he has staying potential nevertheless and is not ruled out each-way.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

11th

17

12th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 1

14:20 Aintree

Serious Operator

11st 0lb

J: Patrick Wadge

T: Lucinda Russell

Won at Doncaster (2m3f, good to soft) in December and, after a solid fifth of 19 in the Lanzarote, he was back on the scoresheet at Kelso (2m5f, good to soft) last month; up in grade today but has won five of his ten hurdle starts (including on soft) and could continue to progress.

25/1

1st

4

2nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 189y

Class 2

13:42 Kelso

Serious Operator

10st 7lb

J: Patrick Wadge

T: Lucinda Russell

Made it 4-8 over hurdles when returning to form to win at Doncaster (2m3f, good to soft) in December; another good run when fifth of 19 in the Lanzarote at Kempton (2m5f, good to soft) in January; he's back in slightly calmer waters this afternoon and could play a leading role.

5/1

5th

14

13th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 2

14:42 Kempton

Serious Operator

10st 11lb

J: Alan Doyle

T: Lucinda Russell

Suited by the return to less testing ground at Doncaster (2m3f, good to soft) four weeks ago, taking hurdles record to 4-8; effective at 2m5f and isn't fully exposed; could go well.

20/1

16/1

Form: 112-20 D

Last run: 77 days

W: 11st 2lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 134

Form & Verdict

Evolved into a very useful front-running staying chaser last season and he bumped into subsequent Grade 2 winner Maximilian when a near-10l runner-up in a novice hurdle at Bangor (2m7f, soft) on reappearance in November; tailed off in the Becher Chase (3m2f, good to soft) since and his best form is on soft/heavy ground, but he's not ruled out today.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

4th

3

22nd Apr 2024

Soft

3m 1f 60y

Class 3

15:42 Ffos Las

Dr Kananga

11st 12lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Ben Clarke

Triple chase winner on soft ground; front-running second at Fontwell (3m2f) and Catterick (3m1f) in February but he's failed to complete in his other three starts this year; got hampered when unseating at Chepstow last time but he's not easy to predict and comes with risks attached; visor is removed and cheekpieces return.

14/1

1

13th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 7f 131y

Class 4

14:15 Chepstow

Dr Kananga

12st 0lb

J: Joe Anderson

T: Ben Clarke

Front-runner; acts on heavy ground; best form this term when solid second off this mark, behind subsequent winners, at Fontwell and Catterick in February; disappointing last time but may rebound in new headgear.

8/1

Form: 31

Last run: 39 days

W: 11st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Every chance when falling at final fence in sole Irish point (3m, soft) and he improved for his bumper debut third (2m, good) when winning a maiden hurdle at Doncaster (2m5f, good to soft) last month; shaped like a stayer last time and could continue to progress now up in trip; a possible.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

2

15th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 4f 145y

Class 4

15:10 Huntingdon

Feel Good Inc

11st 12lb

J: Robert Dunne

T: Neil Mulholland

Looked an excellent prospect when making a winning hurdling debut in Doncaster maiden (2m4f) in January and wasn't discredited pitched into Grade 2 company when eighth at Haydock (3m) the following month; he remains with potential and holds leading claims back in these calmer waters.

7/4

8th

6

18th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 58y

Class 1

16:25 Haydock

Feel Good Inc

11st 2lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Neil Mulholland

Every chance when falling at final fence in sole Irish point (3m, soft) and he improved for his bumper debut third (2m, good) when winning a maiden hurdle at Doncaster (2m5f, good to soft) last month; shaped like a stayer last time and could continue to progress now up in trip; a possible.

8/1

1st

4

10th Jan 2023

Good

2m 4f 181y

Class 4

12:45 Doncaster

Feel Good Inc

11st 10lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Neil Mulholland

Fell at the last when a close second in an ordinary Irish point in March; sound effort when third to a subsequent winner in Uttoxeter bumper in November (2m, good) and interesting now going hurdling.

10/1

Form: 3-1O11

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 125

Form & Verdict

Good-ground 3m point winner who is 3-3 over hurdles (2m3f/2m4f, good-soft) when completing the course (ran out on the other occasion); could be even better now upped in trip and yard won this last year; on the shortlist.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

3rd

4

17th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 2

15:50 Cheltenham

Supreme Gift

11st 4lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Henry Daly

prominent, pressed leader 2 out, kept on run-in, outpaced final 110yds, lost second towards finish

11/2

1st

5

24th Mar 2024

Good

2m 5f 141y

Class 3

17:05 Ascot

Supreme Gift

11st 6lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Henry Daly

Won over fences here (2m3f, good) last November on first course visit and he was back here for the first time since when returning to form with a good second over hurdles (2m7f, good to soft) last month; the visor that went on last time is retained; key player if producing another good run.

5/1

Form: U-2141

Last run: 18 days

W: 11st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 127

Form & Verdict

Two wins (2m4f, soft) from his three stable starts, with a 32l fourth of 12 in the Grade 1 Challow Hurdle in between (2m4f, soft); he's back up in grade here, and up in trip too, but he kept on strongly for his wins and has potential at this distance; ran well in a bumper on good to yielding.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

4th

2

1st Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 187y

Class 3

15:00 Newbury

Passing Well

11st 8lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Jamie Snowden

Below par over 3m last time but has solid form at 2m3f-2m6f otherwise over fences, including Lingfield success; close third, behind subsequent Grade 2 scorer, at this course (soft) on penultimate outing; clear possibilities off 1lb lower back down in trip.

3/1

5th

5

31st Jan 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 54y

Class 3

14:10 Exeter

Passing Well

11st 1lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Jamie Snowden

prominent, pressed leaders 14th, outpaced and lost position before 4 out, weakened 2 out

4/1

3rd

6

30th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 6f 93y

Class 3

15:35 Newbury

Passing Well

10st 10lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Jamie Snowden

Built upon promising seasonal/chase debut when fending off a next-time-out winner to score at Lingfield (2m4f, good to soft) one month ago; moves back up in grade today but has plenty of scope for further progress.

7/2

Form: 12 CD

Last run: 59 days

W: 11st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 125

Form & Verdict

British maiden point winner (3m, good to soft) who made it 2-2 when winning on hurdle debut over C&D (soft) in November; beaten just a neck by a useful prospect at Hereford (3m1f, soft) since and he's open to further improvement; not discounted.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

14

20th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 7f 176y

Class 1

15:35 Ayr

Mr Vango

10st 5lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Mrs Sara V Bradstock

Upped to nearly 3m7f for the Devon National at Exeter (heavy) in February and made all to win by 60l; that's not the easiest form to pinpoint (he has a 15lb higher mark today) and he did not reproduce it when third to a runaway winner in the NH Chase at Cheltenham (3m6f, heavy; first-time cheekpieces) 18 days later, but this very lightly raced 8yo could have more to give.

14/1

3rd

5

12th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 5f 201y

Class 1

17:30 Cheltenham

Mr Vango

11st 7lb

J: Miss Gina Andrews

T: Mrs Sara V Bradstock

led, mistake 8th, headed after 3 out

20/1

1st

4

23rd Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 6f 153y

Class 3

15:40 Exeter

Mr Vango

11st 7lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Mark Bradstock

Won sole point in February 2022 and scored on hurdle debut at Haydock (3m, soft) that November; reappeared this season with fair third on his chase and handicap debut at Wincanton (3m1f, good to soft) on Boxing Day and his trainer is a dab hand with marathon chasers; firmly in calculations.

9/2

Form: 1141-5 D BF

Last run: 101 days

W: 11st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 145

Form & Verdict

Flopped when back over hurdles at Bangor (2m7f, soft) on reappearance in November and his best form has come over fences; however, he's entitled to respect in view of last season's very useful efforts in staying chases.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

12

17th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Saint Palais

11st 7lb

J: Harry Bannister

T: Richard J Bandey

Better known as a chaser these days and he made it 0-6 over hurdles when falling late on at Haydock, where he would have been placed at best in a Grade 2 (3m, good to soft); closer to the finished article than many of his rivals but lacks their potential.

50/1

10

18th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 58y

Class 1

16:25 Haydock

Saint Palais

11st 2lb

J: Harry Bannister

T: Richard J Bandey

Flopped when back over hurdles at Bangor (2m7f, soft) on reappearance in November and his best form has come over fences; however, he's entitled to respect in view of last season's very useful efforts in staying chases.

11/1

5th

5

9th Nov 2022

Soft

2m 7f 7y

Class 3

16:05 Bangor-on-Dee

Saint Palais

11st 0lb

J: David Bass

T: Richard J Bandey

0-4 over hurdles; has come a long way over fences since, with his only defeat last season coming in a Grade 2 on good ground; impressed taking a 3m Uttoxeter handicap (3m, soft) in March on final start and that's narrowly the best form in this line-up; he's just a 5yo, too.

5/2

Terms and conditions

*Odds displayed on this page are sourced directly from online bookmakers. Please check all details before placing your bet(s). 18+ only.

Non-runners

Captain Westie

+o+e Accumulators

Payout
Exacta £747.00
Straight Forecast £722.60
Tricast £3294.80
Trifecta £6373.00

Selections

LAMBOURN:

Mr Vango

POSTDATA:

Collectors Item

Daily Mail:

Passing Well

SPOTLIGHT:

De Legislator

The Times:

Supreme Gift

TOPSPEED:

Scarface

D Express:

Saint Palais

Daily Mirror:

Mr Vango

The Star:

Mr Vango

Daily Record:

Passing Well

Telegraph:

De Legislator

The Sun:

Supreme Gift

WEST COUNTRY:

Collectors Item

The Guardian:

Collectors Item