December 16 / 15.00 Cheltenham

15.00

Soft

Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle (Registered As The Bristol Novices’ Hurdle) (Grade 2) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £28475
  • 2m 7f 213y
  • Class 1
  • 10 runners
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Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle (Registered As The Bristol Novices’ Hurdle) (Grade 2) (GBB Race)

Runners: 10 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Cloudy

2/1 (Won)

  • Win: £2.88
  • Place: £1.40

Form: 1

Last run: 26 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
£200,000 buy after winning a 3m soft-ground Irish point last December with the minimum of fuss; 2-9 for six-runner novice hurdle at Plumpton (2m4f, good to soft) last month and made all, asserting by 7l with another 21l back to the third; that form and striking promise give him a big shout.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

4th

6

12th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 149y

Class 1

16:40 Aintree

Shanagh Bob

11st 8lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

Recruited for £200,000 after winning his Irish point; did what was expected of him when long odds-on at Plumpton (2m4f, good to soft) and, for one so inexperienced, it was a notable effort to win a Cheltenham 3m Grade 2 in December (soft) when a muddling pace did him no favours; does nothing in a hurry but that should be no drawback here; absent since December and his yard has been through the wringer since early March, but he's packed with potential.

9/2

4th

6

12th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 149y

Class 1

16:40 Aintree

Shanagh Bob

11st 8lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

Recruited for £200,000 after winning his Irish point; did what was expected of him when long odds-on at Plumpton (2m4f, good to soft) and, for one so inexperienced, it was a notable effort to win a Cheltenham 3m Grade 2 in December (soft) when a muddling pace did him no favours; does nothing in a hurry but that should be no drawback here; absent since December and his yard has been through the wringer since early March, but he's packed with potential.

9/2

4/1

  • Place: £1.60

Form: -31211 D

Last run: 19 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 129

Form & Verdict
Has raced only on good ground or good to soft; 3-5 over hurdles, firmly in charge with cheekpieces at Kempton on last two outings; the latest was over 3m on handicap debut, in just a five-runner race but that's the best form in this line-up.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

11th

2

22nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 52y

Class 3

16:08 Newbury

Destroytheevidence

11st 13lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

Nicely progressive since the cheekpieces went on, following two Kempton wins (one a handicap off 8lb lower) with an excellent second in a 3m Grade 2 novice at Cheltenham in December (soft); got outpaced on good ground in another Grade 2 at Doncaster in January and that's forgiven; much better can be expected this afternoon.

3/1

4th

3

27th Jan 2024

Good

3m 0f 84y

Class 1

14:40 Doncaster

Destroytheevidence

11st 0lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

Perked up the application of cheekpieces to win comfortably on consecutive visits to Kempton, a 2m5f novice (good) and 3m handicap (good to soft); surpassed all that when keeping on for second behind a smart prospect of Nicky Henderson's in a 3m soft-ground Grade 2 at Cheltenham (raced prominently); that form is right up there and he stays well.

7/2

2nd

3

16th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 1

15:00 Cheltenham

Destroytheevidence

11st 0lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

Has raced only on good ground or good to soft; 3-5 over hurdles, firmly in charge with cheekpieces at Kempton on last two outings; the latest was over 3m on handicap debut, in just a five-runner race but that's the best form in this line-up.

4/1

14/1

  • Place: £2.50

Form: -15U23

Last run: 23 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 125

Form & Verdict
2m6f maiden at Cartmel in May is his only win from six races over hurdles; some Irish form reads well, though, including when ridden prominently over 2m4f (soft) and 2m7f (yielding to soft) last two starts and he rallied well last time as if another crack at 3m is very much in order; also now wears cheekpieces; strong each-way contender for trainer who won this in 2020.
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

13th

8

17th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 2

15:50 Cheltenham

Moon Dorange

10st 13lb

J: Paddy Brennan

T: Fergal O’Brien

raced wide, in touch with leaders, smooth headway 3 out

7/1

13th

8

17th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 2

15:50 Cheltenham

Moon Dorange

10st 13lb

J: Paddy Brennan

T: Fergal O’Brien

raced wide, in touch with leaders, smooth headway 3 out

7/1

1st

2

6th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 139y

Class 4

14:05 Market Rasen

Moon Dorange

11st 8lb

J: Paddy Brennan

T: Fergal O’Brien

raced in second, briefly led after 2nd, not fluent 4th, not fluent 6th

15/8

Form: 1

Last run: 35 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Bought for £115,000 in May, having won an Irish point (3m, soft to heavy); second favourite in five-runner novice at Kelso (2m6f, good to soft) five weeks ago, travelling best to lead two out before holding off Cadell (gave 7lb); others have better form but he looks very promising.
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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

1st

7

27th Jan 2024

Good

3m 0f 84y

Class 1

14:40 Doncaster

Kerryhill

11st 0lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Ruth Jefferson

midfield, headway 3 out, led going easily before 2 out, shaken up and wandered around before 2 out, ridden clear run-in

7/1

4th

6

16th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 1

15:00 Cheltenham

Kerryhill

11st 0lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Ruth Jefferson

Bought for £115,000 in May, having won an Irish point (3m, soft to heavy); second favourite in five-runner novice at Kelso (2m6f, good to soft) five weeks ago, travelling best to lead two out before holding off Cadell (gave 7lb); others have better form but he looks very promising.

9/1

Form: 3-13

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 121

Form & Verdict
Irish maiden point winner who prevailed narrowly in a maiden at Uttoxeter (2m4f, good to soft) in October on hurdles debut; third of seven at Warwick (2m5f, soft) was better form and he's worth a go at 3m; not dismissed.
Place /
No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

7th

1

28th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 5f 56y

Class 4

15:55 Wetherby

Yes Day

12st 1lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Won on hurdle debut at Uttoxeter (2m4f, good to soft) last October and consistent in defeat since, most recently a good third at Haydock (3m, heavy) in his first handicap; has had wind op since and wears first-time tongue-tie; drops back down in grade and this lightly raced 6yo is one to consider.

4/1

3rd

7

17th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 58y

Class 2

15:50 Haydock

Yes Day

11st 2lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Quite a useful novice hurdler who ran a solid race under a penalty when runner-up at Catterick (extended 2m3f, soft) 24 days ago; proved his stamina for 3m when fifth in Cheltenham Grade 2 novice on penultimate start and he's very much unexposed now handicapping for a stable in good form.

6/1

2nd

3

24th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 66y

Class 4

13:20 Catterick

Yes Day

11st 9lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Landed a 2m4f Uttoxeter maiden on his hurdles debut and has taken his form up a notch since, posting a good fifth in Cheltenham Grade 2 (3m) last month; he holds leading form claims.

13/8

Form: 36-3

Last run: 78 days

W: 11st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Joined Harry Fry after wide-margin Irish point win in April 2022; rather disappointing on soft ground in his second bumper but better when staying-on third of nine in maiden hurdle at Worcester (2m4f, good to soft) on reappearance; needs further improvement but he does look like a stayer.
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

1

7th May 2024

Good To Soft

2m 5f 192y

Class 4

14:25 Ffos Las

Carrigmoorna Rowan

11st 10lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Harry Fry

Delivered on earlier promise when winning Market Rasen maiden (2m4f, good to soft; first-time tongue-tie) last month; the bare form isn't anything to go wild about but he's open to further progress and features prominently in calculations here.

6/1

1

7th May 2024

Good To Soft

2m 5f 192y

Class 4

14:25 Ffos Las

Carrigmoorna Rowan

11st 10lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Harry Fry

Delivered on earlier promise when winning Market Rasen maiden (2m4f, good to soft; first-time tongue-tie) last month; the bare form isn't anything to go wild about but he's open to further progress and features prominently in calculations here.

6/1

1st

2

10th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 139y

Class 4

13:57 Market Rasen

Carrigmoorna Rowan

11st 6lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Harry Fry

prominent, not fluent 3 out, soon lost position

2/1

OUR TIP

11/2

Form: 212 BF

Last run: 35 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 122

Form & Verdict
Dual point winner who made a winning debut over hurdles at Kelso (2m5f) in October; Kerryhill travelled much more sweetly when they clashed at the same track (2m6f, good to soft; unraced on worse) five weeks ago but this one gave 7lb and rallied strongly to go down by three-quarters of a length; in the picture, with this longer trip likely to suit.
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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

5

10th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 1f 170y

Class 3

15:20 Kelso

Cadell

11st 8lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

Winning pointer; made a successful start over hurdles here in October and took his form up a notch when runner-up in 3m Musselburgh novice last time; must enter calculations starting out in handicap company.

4/1

2nd

2

3rd Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 2

15:25 Musselburgh

Cadell

11st 5lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

prominent, awkward jump 9th

5/2

7th

1

16th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 1

15:00 Cheltenham

Cadell

11st 0lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

Dual point winner who made a winning debut over hurdles at Kelso (2m5f) in October; Kerryhill travelled much more sweetly when they clashed at the same track (2m6f, good to soft; unraced on worse) five weeks ago but this one gave 7lb and rallied strongly to go down by three-quarters of a length; in the picture, with this longer trip likely to suit.

11/2

Form: 45-54

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Irish maiden point winner (April 2022) who has drawn a blank in two bumpers and two hurdle races; after wind surgery, his hurdles form (2m3f/2m6f) has shown him in a more positive light and it looks as if 3m may suit, but others have accomplished more.
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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

2nd

3

15th Jan 2024

Good

2m 3f 147y

Class 4

13:07 Hereford

Genietoile

11st 4lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Rebecca Curtis

Irish maiden point winner; 0-5 under rules but fair efforts in two hurdles behind respected opposition (2m3f/2m5f) before struggling in a Grade 2 at Cheltenham (16-1); needs a second look at this level.

9/2

8th

4

16th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 1

15:00 Cheltenham

Genietoile

11st 0lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Rebecca Curtis

Irish maiden point winner (April 2022) who has drawn a blank in two bumpers and two hurdle races; after wind surgery, his hurdles form (2m3f/2m6f) has shown him in a more positive light and it looks as if 3m may suit, but others have accomplished more.

25/1

4th

2

25th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 141y

Class 2

12:55 Ascot

Genietoile

11st 0lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Rebecca Curtis

prominent, outpaced 2 out, kept on run-in

16/1

Form: 2-4

Last run: 39 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
No match for easy winner in bumper at Warwick (soft) in March and beaten 19l when fourth of 12 in novice hurdle there (2m3f, soft) in November; should do better at some point but has easily the worst form in this field.
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Verdict Starting price

6th

8

16th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 191y

Class 4

16:50 Ffos Las

Monbari

11st 0lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Rebecca Curtis

Lightly raced; returned from a break to push the favourite close in a 2m3f handicap at Chepstow (soft; first-time cheekpieces); should stay this far and has the scope to keep improving.

5/1

6th

8

16th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 191y

Class 4

16:50 Ffos Las

Monbari

11st 0lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Rebecca Curtis

Lightly raced; returned from a break to push the favourite close in a 2m3f handicap at Chepstow (soft; first-time cheekpieces); should stay this far and has the scope to keep improving.

5/1

2nd

13

1st Apr 2024

Soft

2m 3f 100y

Class 4

16:55 Chepstow

Monbari

11st 0lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Rebecca Curtis

Made quite promising hurdle debut in November (2m3f, soft), but is yet to build on it and was pulled up on handicap debut two months ago (3m, heavy); drops back in trip with cheekpieces tried.

25/1

Form: 2 BF

Last run: 25 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Bought for £100,000 after winning an Irish point (3m, heavy) in March; 10-11 for eight-runner maiden hurdle at Lingfield (2m3f, good to soft) last month and made much of the running before going down by a nose; winner boosted the form when second in a 2m handicap last week, whereas this 5yo looks a promising sort moving up in trip.
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

3rd

4

20th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 7f 32y

Class 3

13:05 Bangor-on-Dee

Illico De Cotte

11st 12lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Dan Skelton

took keen hold, prominent, outpaced 3 out, kept on from 2 out, no match for first two

9/2

3rd

4

20th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 7f 32y

Class 3

13:05 Bangor-on-Dee

Illico De Cotte

11st 12lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Dan Skelton

took keen hold, prominent, outpaced 3 out, kept on from 2 out, no match for first two

9/2

3rd

2

25th Mar 2024

Good To Soft

3m 1f 10y

Class 4

15:05 Huntingdon

Illico De Cotte

11st 12lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Irish point winner; showed ability either side of being pulled up (lost a shoe) in a Grade 2 Cheltenham event and was off the mark at Hereford (3m1f, soft) latest; cheekpieces fitted; he should be open to some improvement in handicaps.

7/4

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Payout
Exacta £9.70
Straight Forecast £9.07
Tricast £63.15
Trifecta £76.40

Selections

TOPSPEED:

Shanagh Bob

Telegraph:

Cadell

RP RATINGS:

Destroytheevidence

WEST COUNTRY:

Yes Day

The Star:

Kerryhill

SPOTLIGHT:

Moon D'Orange

The Guardian:

Cadell

D Express:

Cadell

The Sun:

Cadell

POSTDATA:

Shanagh Bob

LAMBOURN:

Shanagh Bob

The Times:

Shanagh Bob

Daily Record:

Shanagh Bob

Daily Mail:

Destroytheevidence

Daily Mirror:

Destroytheevidence