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Fry mulling options as entries revealed for G1 novices’ hurdles at The Festival™

Press Release 27th January 2021 Cheltenham

Entries are unveiled today for the three G1 novices’ hurdles at The Festival™ - the Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle and the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle – plus the G1 JCB Triumph Hurdle, which is restricted to four-year-olds.

Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle – Day One, Tuesday, 16 March

The Festival™ gets underway with the Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, which takes place over two miles as the first contest on day one.

There are 96 entries in 2021, with a record 59 of those trained in Ireland. Sponsor Sky Bet make one of the Irish-trained entries, Appreciate It (Willie Mullins), the clear 5/2 favourite. The seven-year-old was runner-up in the G1 Weatherbys Champion Bumper at The Festival™ in 2020 and has looked hugely talented when landing both his starts over hurdles this season, most recently sauntering to a nine-length victory in a G1 contest at Leopardstown on 27 December.

Sky Bet’s 7/1 second favourite is Metier (Harry Fry). Originally trained in Ireland by Andrew Slattery, five-year-old Metier has been a revelation since joining Dorset-based Harry Fry, taking novices’ hurdles at Newton Abbot and Ascot before recording a breath-taking 12-length victory in the G1 Unibet Tolworth Hurdle at Sandown Park on 2 January.

Giving an update on the son of Mastercraftsman, Fry reported: “Metier is a Tolworth winner and the Supreme is the much more likely of the two races [Metier is also entered in the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle] but we will just keep our options open at this stage.

“He has got an entry in the Betfair Hurdle in just over a fortnight’s time but there is no definite decision yet. He has done everything right so far over hurdles and he is a very exciting novice that seems to be progressing into either Supreme or a Ballymore horse.

“There is a race at Exeter the day after in which he would only have a 5lb penalty but then if you are looking at that why not run in a Betfair?

“I would say that if he doesn’t run in the Betfair, he would go straight to Cheltenham though you can never say never.

“If the weather keeps as it is there is every chance he will line up in the Betfair Hurdle. I think a better race with an even stronger gallop will suit him better again. We were able to drop him in the last day in the Tolworth, but we would have still been happier if they had gone faster.

“Sean [Bowen] turned in with a double handful and he put plenty of distance between himself and his rivals, particularly after the last. Not many came up the hill that day in the manner he did. He has only just turned five so hopefully there is more to come.

“All his form is on slower ground and it would be interesting to see him on better ground. At some point, we will encounter it but good horses go on all ground.

“We would have to weigh up and decide the pros and cons whether going on better ground means we would have to step him up in trip.”

Fry has also entered Boothill in the Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle and the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle. The six-year-old landed a bumper at Kempton Park in February of 2020 and could not have been more impressive on his hurdling debut when scoring by nine and a half lengths at Taunton on 10 December.

The trainer continued: “Boothill had a splint flare up about 10 days after he won at Taunton and that just held us up for a few weeks. I had hoped to get him back for the Sidney Banks at Huntingdon [Listed, 11 February] but that is just going to come too soon. He could end up going to the Dovecote at the end of February. In the worst-case scenario, he might even end up going straight to Cheltenham but I would like to get another run into him between now and then but we will be guided by him.

“We are back pressing on again with him. Hopefully, we don’t get a recurrence of the splint injury and get a clear run with him. Certainly, on the manner of his debut win at Taunton, there looks to be lots to look forward to.

“Boothill and Metier are completely different types. Metier is an ex-Flat horse that is very workmanlike at home and is very much a hurdler whereas Boothill is a proper chasing type who impresses in everything he does at home.”

 

Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, Sky Bet odds:

  • 5/2 Appreciate I
  • 7/1 Metier
  • 10/1 Zanahiyr
  • 12/1 Third Time Lucki
  • 14/1 French Aseel, Gauloise
  • 16/1 Ballyadam, Blue Lord, Boothill, My Drogo
  • 20/1 Bob Olinger, Dreal Deal
  • 25/1 Flinteur Sacre, Fly Smart, Ganapathi, Irascible, Keskonrisk, Thedevilscoachman, Mighty Blue, Tritonic, Youmdor
  • 33/1 Atholl Street, Cadzand, Cask Mate, Champagne Gold, Decimation, El Barra, For Pleasure,  Frere Tuck, Gaillard du Mesnil, Gentlemansgame, Get My Drift, N'Golo, On To Victory, Shakem Up'arry, Soaring Glory, Stoner's Choice, Uhtred, Wide Receiver, Hook Up, Royal Illusion, Teahupoo
  • 40/1 Bareback Jack, Fifty Ball, Gabynako, Gentleman de Mee, Gowel Road, Guard Your Dreams, Jungle Boogie, Mr Coldstone, Orbys Legend, Rayapour, Rumoroso, Solwara One, Straw Fan Jack
  • 50/1 Alqamar, Any News, Arctic Warrior, Benson, Berkshire Royal, Captain Kangaroo, Grand Bornand, Grumpy Charley, Hes A Hardy Bloke, Kalkas, Make My Day, Micro Manage, Pipesmoker, Power of Pause, Raf Tavel, Restandbethankful, Robin's Dream, Sea Ducor, Visionarian, Witness Protection, Beret Rouge. Haut En Couleurs
  • 66/1 Alko Rouge, Gipsy de Choisel, Great Bear, Jesse Evans, M C Muldoon, Natural History, Qualismart, Sextant, Echoes In Rain, Manitopark Aa, Nada To Prada
  • 80/1 Galopin des Champs
  • 100/1 Do Your Job, Gloire d'Athon, Irish Poseidon, Numbers Man, Excelcius

Michael Shinners, Head of Sports PR at Sky Bet, said: “We are delighted with the entries for the Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle. 

“This will be our eighth year sponsoring the race and the quality amongst the 96 entries is fantastic. 

“At present, Appreciate It for Willie Mullins heads the market but with seven weeks still to go plenty can happen between now and then.”

 

SKY BET SUPREME NOVICES' HURDLE (Grade 1)

  • Alko Rouge (FR) 7 11 7 W.T.F. Partnership T. Gibney IRE
  • Alqamar (GB) 7 11 7 Varlien Vyner-Brooks,Dave&Yvonne Simpson James Moffatt
  • Any News (IRE) 6 11 7 Jane Nuala Cartwright Neil Mulholland
  • Appreciate It (IRE) 7 11 7 Miss M. A. Masterson W. P. Mullins IRE
  • Arctic Warrior (GER) 5 11 7 Mr John P. McManus W. P. Mullins IRE
  • Atholl Street (IRE) 6 11 7 Mr Trevor Hemmings Paul Nicholls
  • Ballyadam (IRE) 6 11 7 Cheveley Park Stud Gordon Elliott IRE
  • Bareback Jack (IRE) 5 11 7 Mr T. G. Leslie Donald McCain
  • Benson (GB) 6 11 7 Pump & Plant Services Ltd Dr Richard Newland
  • Berkshire Royal (GB) 6 11 7 Mrs J. M. Mullins W. P. Mullins IRE
  • Blue Lord (FR) 6 11 7 Mr Simon Munir/Mr Isaac Souede W. P. Mullins IRE
  • Bob Olinger (IRE) 6 11 7 Robcour Henry de Bromhead IRE
  • Boothill (IRE) 6 11 7 Brian & Sandy Lambert Harry Fry
  • Cadzand (IRE) 6 11 7 CHELSEA THOROUGHBREDS - CADZAND Dan Skelton
  • Captain Kangaroo (IRE) 6 11 7 Kanga Racing & Brett Graham Syndicate W. P. Mullins IRE
  • Cask Mate (IRE) 8 11 7 High Spirits Racing Club Noel Meade IRE
  • Champagne Gold (IRE) 6 11 7 Mr Barry Maloney Henry de Bromhead IRE
  • Decimation (IRE) 6 11 7 Gigginstown House Stud Henry de Bromhead IRE
  • Do Your Job (IRE) 7 11 7 Mr Mark Dunphy Michael Scudamore
  • Dreal Deal (IRE) 6 11 7 Ronan M. P. McNally Ronan M. P. McNally IRE
  • El Barra (FR) 7 11 7 Mrs S. Ricci W. P. Mullins IRE
  • Eskylane (IRE) 7 11 7 K Haughey/Laura Haughey/Kieran T Byrne Gordon Elliott IRE
  • Eurotiep (FR) 7 11 7 Down The Hatch Syndicate W. P. Mullins IRE
  • Excelcius (USA) 5 11 7 Mrs H. Mullins Thomas Mullins IRE
  • Fifty Ball (FR) 6 11 7 Mr Steven Packham Gary Moore
  • Flinteur Sacre (FR) 6 11 7 Mr John P. McManus Nicky Henderson
  • Fly Smart (FR) 6 11 7 Mrs S. Ricci W. P. Mullins IRE
  • For Pleasure (IRE) 6 11 7 Premier Plastering (UK) Limited Alex Hales
  • Frere Tuck (FR) 6 11 7 Mr Cathal Hughes W. P. Mullins IRE
  • Gabynako (FR) 6 11 7 Mick & Molly Syndicate Gavin Cromwell IRE
  • Gaillard du Mesnil (FR) 5 11 7 Mrs J. Donnelly W. P. Mullins IRE
  • Galopin des Champs (FR) 5 11 7 Mrs Audrey Turley W. P. Mullins IRE
  • Ganapathi (FR) 5 11 7 Mrs J. Donnelly W. P. Mullins IRE
  • Gentleman de Mee (FR) 5 11 7 Mr John P. McManus W. P. Mullins IRE
  • Gentlemansgame (GB) 5 11 7 Robcour M. F. Morris IRE
  • Get My Drift (FR) 5 11 7 Mr John P. McManus M. F. Morris IRE
  • Gipsy de Choisel (FR) 5 11 7 Mr Simon Munir & Mr Isaac Souede Nicky Henderson
  • Gloire d'Athon (FR) 5 11 7 Cheveley Park Stud Henry de Bromhead IRE
  • Gowel Road (IRE) 5 11 7 Options O Syndicate Nigel Twiston-Davies
  • Grand Bornand (FR) 5 11 7 Mrs S. Ricci W. P. Mullins IRE
  • Great Bear (GB) 5 11 7 Thomas J. O'Connor T. Gibney IRE
  • Grumpy Charley (GB) 6 11 7 Mr G. Thompson Chris Honour
  • Guard Your Dreams (GB) 5 11 7 Graham and Alison Jelley Nigel Twiston-Davies
  • Hes A Hardy Bloke (IRE) 6 11 7 Hammer & Trowel Syndicate Noel Meade IRE
  • Irascible (FR) 6 11 7 Gigginstown House Stud Henry de Bromhead IRE
  • Irish Poseidon (GER) 5 11 7 Spoonful of Irish Syndicate Matthew J. Smith IRE
  • Jesse Evans (IRE) 5 11 7 Jack Singleton Noel Meade IRE
  • Jungle Boogie (IRE) 7 11 7 Mr Malcolm C. Denmark W. P. Mullins IRE
  • Kalkas (FR) 5 11 7 Sean & Bernardine Mulryan Henry de Bromhead IRE
  • Keskonrisk (FR) 6 11 7 Mr Claudio Michael Grech Joseph Patrick O'Brien IRE
  • Make My Day (IRE) 5 11 7 Mr Steven Packham Gary Moore
  • M C Muldoon (IRE) 6 11 7 Mrs J. M. Mullins W. P. Mullins IRE
  • Metier (IRE) 5 11 7 Mr G. C. Stevens Harry Fry
  • Micro Manage (IRE) 5 11 7 Merriebelle Irish Farm Limited W. P. Mullins IRE
  • Mr Coldstone (IRE) 5 11 7 Mr David Bobbett W. P. Mullins IRE
  • My Drogo (GB) 6 11 7 Mr & Mrs R. Kelvin-Hughes Dan Skelton
  • N'Golo (IRE) 6 11 7 Mrs S. Ricci W. P. Mullins IRE
  • Natural History (GB) 6 11 7 Hail Sargent Evans Gary Moore
  • Numbers Man (IRE) 5 11 7 The Reserve Tankers Colin Tizzard
  • On To Victory (GB) 7 11 7 HP Racing On To Victory Alan King
  • Orbys Legend (IRE) 5 11 7 Highclere Thoroughbred Racing - Milan Philip Hobbs
  • Pipesmoker (FR) 6 11 7 Lady Dulverton Nicky Henderson
  • Power of Pause (IRE) 6 11 7 Miss M. A. Masterson W. P. Mullins IRE
  • Qualismart (FR) 5 11 7 Kate & Andrew Brooks Harry Whittington
  • Raf Tavel (FR) 5 11 7 Mr Simon Munir & Mr Isaac Souede Ben Pauling
  • Rayapour (FR) 5 11 7 McNeill Family W. P. Mullins IRE
  • Restandbethankful (GB) 5 11 7 McNeill Family & Patrick&Scott Bryceland Olly Murphy
  • Robin's Dream (GB) 5 11 7 Mr Jerry Hinds & Mr Ashley Head Gary Moore
  • Rumoroso (GB) 6 11 7 Mrs Audrey Turley W. P. Mullins IRE
  • Sea Ducor (GB) 5 11 7 C. Jones A. L. T. Moore IRE
  • Sextant (GB) 6 11 7 Straightline Bloodstock Keith Dalgleish
  • Shakem Up'arry (IRE) 7 11 7 Mr Harry Redknapp Ben Pauling
  • Soaring Glory (IRE) 6 11 7 Mr P. Hickey Jonjo O'Neill
  • Solwara One (IRE) 7 11 7 Mrs Jane Gerard-Pearse Neil Mulholland
  • Stoner's Choice (GB) 6 11 7 Mrs Carolyn Kendrick Fergal O'Brien
  • Straw Fan Jack (GB) 6 11 7 Mr Graham Wilson Sheila Lewis
  • Thedevilscoachman (IRE) 5 11 7 Mr John P. McManus Noel Meade IRE
  • Third Time Lucki (IRE) 6 11 7 Mike and Eileen Newbould Dan Skelton
  • Uhtred (IRE) 6 11 7 Gigginstown House Stud Joseph Patrick O'Brien IRE
  • Visionarian (IRE) 6 11 7 Mr Basil Holian Peter Fahey IRE
  • Wide Receiver (IRE) 6 11 7 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott IRE
  • Witness Protection (IRE) 8 11 7 FOXTROT RACING WITNESS PROTECTION Martin Keighley
  • Beret Rouge (IRE) 6 11 0 Mrs J. M. Mullins W. P. Mullins IRE
  • Echoes In Rain (FR) 5 11 0 Barnane Stud W. P. Mullins IRE
  • French Aseel (FR) 4 11 0 Mrs J. Donnelly W. P. Mullins IRE
  • Gauloise (FR) 5 11 0 Mr K. Alexander W. P. Mullins IRE
  • Haut En Couleurs (FR) 4 11 0 Mrs J. Donnelly W. P. Mullins IRE
  • Hook Up (FR) 5 11 0 Mrs S. Ricci W. P. Mullins IRE
  • Manitopark Aa (FR) 5 11 0 Mr Simon Munir/Mr Isaac Souede W. P. Mullins IRE
  • Mighty Blue (FR) 5 11 0 Capel Street Syndicate Joseph Patrick O'Brien IRE
  • Nada To Prada (GB) 6 11 0 Mrs Lynne Maclennan Michael Scudamore
  • Royal Illusion (IRE) 9 11 0 Ballylinch Stud W. P. Mullins IRE
  • Teahupoo (FR) 4 11 0 Robcour Gordon Elliott IRE
  • Tritonic (GB) 4 11 0 McNeill Family & Mr Ian Dale Alan King
  • Youmdor (FR) 4 11 0 McNeill Family W. P. Mullins IRE
  • Zanahiyr (IRE) 4 11 0 Noel Moran/Mrs Valerie Moran Gordon Elliott IRE

 

96 entries

59 Irish-trained

 

Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle – Day Two, Wednesday, 17 March

The Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle is held over the intermediate distance of two miles and five furlongs and is the opening contest on day two of The Festival™, Wednesday, 17 March.

Of course, 17 March is St Patrick’s Day and there is a good chance of Irish-trained success with 65 of the 120 entries hailing from Ireland.

Currently disputing favouritism are Bob Olinger (Henry de Bromhead) and Bravemansgame (Paul Nicholls). Bravemansgame was compared to the mighty Denman by trainer Paul Nicholls following his success last time out in the G1 Challow Hurdle at Newbury, which was his third win from four starts over hurdles. Bob Olinger is also a G1 winner, recording a very comfortable victory in the Lawlor's Of Naas Novice Hurdle on 13 January.

Willoughby Court landed the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle for Ben Pauling in 2017 and the trainer looks to have another live contender in 2021 with Optimise Prime. The five-year-old caused a 50/1 upset when winning on his hurdling debut at Hereford in November but proved that was no fluke when following up with a smooth victory at the same venue in December.

Bourton-on-the-Water based Pauling reported: “Optimise Prime is in great order.

“He is entered at Cheltenham on Saturday. If he doesn’t run there because the ground is terrible, he would probably wait for the Sidney Banks at Huntingdon.

 

“He is a lovely horse that has done nothing wrong in winning a couple of races at Hereford, which will hopefully work out okay, but he has got to prove he can do it at the next level now.

 

“I took him out of the Leamington at Warwick as it was bottomless ground and I wasn’t overly fussed about missing it as we always knew that his next race would be his prep for the Cheltenham Festival, where we plan to go for the Ballymore.”


BALLYMORE NOVICES' HURDLE (Grade 1)

  • Adrimel (FR) 6 11 7 Lady Bamford & Alice Bamford Tom Lacey
  • Alko Rouge (FR) 7 11 7 W.T.F. Partnership T. Gibney IRE
  • Alright Sunshine (IRE) 6 11 7 Straightline Bloodstock Keith Dalgleish
  • Annual Invictus (IRE) 6 11 7 Mr Thomas Michael Smith Chris Gordon
  • Any News (IRE) 6 11 7 Jane Nuala Cartwright Neil Mulholland
  • Appreciate It (IRE) 7 11 7 Miss M. A. Masterson W. P. Mullins IRE
  • Ashdale Bob (IRE) 6 11 7 Diarmuid Horgan Mrs J. Harrington IRE
  • Ashtown Lad (IRE) 7 11 7 Darren & Annaley Yates Dan Skelton
  • Ballyadam (IRE) 6 11 7 Cheveley Park Stud Gordon Elliott IRE
  • Ballybegg (IRE) 6 11 7 Glass Half Full Kerry Lee
  • Bear Ghylls (IRE) 6 11 7 Bradley Partnership Nicky Martin
  • Benson (GB) 6 11 7 Pump & Plant Services Ltd Dr Richard Newland
  • Blue Lord (FR) 6 11 7 Mr Simon Munir/Mr Isaac Souede W. P. Mullins IRE
  • Bob Olinger (IRE) 6 11 7 Robcour Henry de Bromhead IRE
  • Boothill (IRE) 6 11 7 Brian & Sandy Lambert Harry Fry
  • Bothwell Bridge (IRE) 6 11 7 Mr T. Barr Nicky Henderson
  • Bravemansgame (FR) 6 11 7 John Dance and Bryan Drew Paul Nicholls
  • Brazos (USA) 7 11 7 Mrs C. C. Regalado-Gonzalez John Joseph Murphy IRE
  • Cape Gentleman (IRE) 5 11 7 Mrs Margaret O'Rourke Emmet Mullins IRE
  • Capodanno (FR) 5 11 7 Mr John P. McManus W. P. Mullins IRE
  • Captain Kangaroo (IRE) 6 11 7 Kanga Racing & Brett Graham Syndicate W. P. Mullins IRE
  • Captain Morgs (IRE) 5 11 7 The Albatross Club Nicky Henderson
  • Cascova (IRE) 6 11 7 Chelsea Thoroughbreds & Trull House Stud Nicky Henderson
  • Cask Mate (IRE) 8 11 7 High Spirits Racing Club Noel Meade IRE
  • Castle Robin (IRE) 6 11 7 Bradley Partnership Charlie Longsdon
  • Champagne Gold (IRE) 6 11 7 Mr Barry Maloney Henry de Bromhead IRE
  • Champagnesuperover (IRE) 6 11 7 McNeill Family & Patrick&Scott Bryceland Olly Murphy
  • Commandingpresence (IRE) 6 11 7 Mrs M. J. Wogan Henry de Bromhead IRE
  • Crosshill (IRE) 6 11 7 Mr R. A. Bartlett Mrs J. Harrington IRE
  • Does He Know (GB) 6 11 7 Yes He Does Syndicate Kim Bailey
  • Dreal Deal (IRE) 6 11 7 Ronan M. P. McNally Ronan M. P. McNally IRE
  • Eden Flight (FR) 7 11 7 Mrs S. Ricci W. P. Mullins IRE
  • El Barra (FR) 7 11 7 Mrs S. Ricci W. P. Mullins IRE
  • Enemy Coast Ahead (GB) 7 11 7 McNeill Family Olly Murphy
  • Eskylane (IRE) 7 11 7 K Haughey/Laura Haughey/Kieran T Byrne Gordon Elliott IRE
  • Eurotiep (FR) 7 11 7 Down The Hatch Syndicate W. P. Mullins IRE
  • Fais Ton Chemin (FR) 6 11 7 M. L. Bloodstock Limited W. P. Mullins IRE
  • Fakiera (FR) 6 11 7 Mr T. O'Driscoll Gordon Elliott IRE
  • Farouk d'Alene (FR) 6 11 7 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott IRE
  • Fifty Ball (FR) 6 11 7 Mr Steven Packham Gary Moore
  • Fighter Allen (FR) 6 11 7 C. Jones W. P. Mullins IRE
  • Fly Smart (FR) 6 11 7 Mrs S. Ricci W. P. Mullins IRE
  • Frere Tuck (FR) 6 11 7 Mr Cathal Hughes W. P. Mullins IRE
  • Fun Light (FR) 6 11 7 Rectory Road Holdings Limited Joseph Patrick O'Brien IRE
  • Gabynako (FR) 6 11 7 Mick & Molly Syndicate Gavin Cromwell IRE
  • Gaillard du Mesnil (FR) 5 11 7 Mrs J. Donnelly W. P. Mullins IRE
  • Gallyhill (IRE) 6 11 7 Mr Claudio Michael Grech Nicky Henderson
  • Galopin des Champs (FR) 5 11 7 Mrs Audrey Turley W. P. Mullins IRE
  • Ganapathi (FR) 5 11 7 Mrs J. Donnelly W. P. Mullins IRE
  • Gentleman de Mee (FR) 5 11 7 Mr John P. McManus W. P. Mullins IRE
  • Gentlemansgame (GB) 5 11 7 Robcour M. F. Morris IRE
  • Get My Drift (FR) 5 11 7 Mr John P. McManus M. F. Morris IRE
  • Gorki d'Airy (FR) 5 11 7 Mrs J. M. Mullins W. P. Mullins IRE
  • Grand Bornand (FR) 5 11 7 Mrs S. Ricci W. P. Mullins IRE
  • Grumpy Charley (GB) 6 11 7 Mr G. Thompson Chris Honour
  • Heather Rocco (IRE) 6 11 7 Mr Mustafa Elatrash Henry de Bromhead IRE
  • Here Comes Johny (IRE) 6 11 7 Foxtrot Racing: Here Comes Johny Olly Murphy
  • Hoi Polloi (IRE) 6 11 7 Mr N. Mustoe Emma Lavelle
  • Holymacapony (IRE) 5 11 7 Mr Barry Maloney Henry de Bromhead IRE
  • Indiana Jones (FR) 5 11 7 Robcour M. F. Morris IRE
  • Interconnected (GB) 7 11 7 Darren & Annaley Yates Dan Skelton
  • Irish Poseidon (GER) 5 11 7 Spoonful of Irish Syndicate Matthew J. Smith IRE
  • Jungle Boogie (IRE) 7 11 7 Mr Malcolm C. Denmark W. P. Mullins IRE
  • Kalkas (FR) 5 11 7 Sean & Bernardine Mulryan Henry de Bromhead IRE
  • Keskonrisk (FR) 6 11 7 Mr Claudio Michael Grech Joseph Patrick O'Brien IRE
  • Khan (GER) 7 11 7 Mr Mark Adams Milton Harris
  • Killer Kane (IRE) 6 11 7 J P Romans & Taylor, O'Dwyer Colin Tizzard
  • Last Royal (GB) 6 11 7 Glanvilles Stud Partners Keiran Burke
  • Lecale's Article (IRE) 7 11 7 Mrs J Donnelly Nicky Henderson
  • Limestone Rock (IRE) 5 11 7 Michael O'Flynn/John F O'Flynn M. F. Morris IRE
  • Lord Accord (IRE) 6 11 7 Lynne & Angus Maclennan Neil Mulholland
  • Lord of Kerak (GB) 6 11 7 Mrs Diana L. Whateley Olly Murphy
  • Mahler Allstar (IRE) 7 11 7 Patrick Pyne Jonathan Sweeney IRE
  • Make Me A Believer (IRE) 6 11 7 Prof. C. Tisdall & Jane Gerard-Pearse David Pipe
  • M C Muldoon (IRE) 6 11 7 Mrs J. M. Mullins W. P. Mullins IRE
  • Metier (IRE) 5 11 7 Mr G. C. Stevens Harry Fry
  • Micro Manage (IRE) 5 11 7 Merriebelle Irish Farm Limited W. P. Mullins IRE
  • Mint Condition (GB) 7 11 7 Whites Property Limited Jennie Candlish
  • My Drogo (GB) 6 11 7 Mr & Mrs R. Kelvin-Hughes Dan Skelton
  • N'Golo (IRE) 6 11 7 Mrs S. Ricci W. P. Mullins IRE
  • No Ordinary Joe (IRE) 5 11 7 Mr John P. McManus Nicky Henderson
  • No Risk des Flos (FR) 6 11 7 Mrs Diana L. Whateley Olly Murphy
  • Numbers Man (IRE) 5 11 7 The Reserve Tankers Colin Tizzard
  • One True King (IRE) 6 11 7 Teme Valley 2 Nigel Twiston-Davies
  • Optimise Prime (IRE) 5 11 7 Mrs Rachel Brodie & Mr John Brodie Ben Pauling
  • Oscar Elite (IRE) 6 11 7 Mrs Mary-Ann Middleton Colin Tizzard
  • Patroclus (IRE) 5 11 7 Walters Plant Hire & Potter Group Nicky Henderson
  • Petibonome (FR) 5 11 7 Robcour Henry de Bromhead IRE
  • Pipesmoker (FR) 6 11 7 Lady Dulverton Nicky Henderson
  • Power of Pause (IRE) 6 11 7 Miss M. A. Masterson W. P. Mullins IRE
  • Rayapour (FR) 5 11 7 McNeill Family W. P. Mullins IRE
  • Road Senam (FR) 5 11 7 Mr Simon Munir & Mr Isaac Souede Colin Tizzard
  • Saint Turgeon (FR) 5 11 7 Arcadio Vangelisti Davide Satalia FR
  • Severance (GB) 5 11 7 The Megsons Ben Pauling
  • Shadow Rider (FR) 7 11 7 Mr John P. McManus W. P. Mullins IRE
  • Shakem Up'arry (IRE) 7 11 7 Mr Harry Redknapp Ben Pauling
  • Solwara One (IRE) 7 11 7 Mrs Jane Gerard-Pearse Neil Mulholland
  • Stattler (IRE) 6 11 7 Mr R. A. Bartlett W. P. Mullins IRE
  • Stellar Magic (IRE) 6 11 7 Mr Allan Stennett Philip Hobbs
  • Stoner's Choice (GB) 6 11 7 Mrs Carolyn Kendrick Fergal O'Brien
  • Straw Fan Jack (GB) 6 11 7 Mr Graham Wilson Sheila Lewis
  • Threeunderthrufive (IRE) 6 11 7 McNeill Family Paul Nicholls
  • Tile Tapper (GB) 7 11 7 Cotswold Stone Supplies Ltd Chris Honour
  • Torn And Frayed (FR) 7 11 7 Mr N. A. Twiston-Davies Nigel Twiston-Davies
  • Uhtred (IRE) 6 11 7 Gigginstown House Stud Joseph Patrick O'Brien IRE
  • Valsheda (GB) 6 11 7 Mr & Mrs R. Kelvin-Hughes Nicky Henderson
  • Visionarian (IRE) 6 11 7 Mr Basil Holian Peter Fahey IRE
  • Wide Receiver (IRE) 6 11 7 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott IRE
  • Wilde About Oscar (IRE) 6 11 7 Mike and Eileen Newbould Dan Skelton
  • Witness Protection (IRE) 8 11 7 FOXTROT RACING WITNESS PROTECTION Martin Keighley
  • Atlantic Fairy (IRE) 7 11 0 Mr Mark E. Phelan Henry de Bromhead IRE
  • Brave Way (IRE) 6 11 0 Mr K. Alexander Henry de Bromhead IRE
  • Finest Evermore (IRE) 5 11 0 Mr J. Turner W. P. Mullins IRE
  • Manitopark Aa (FR) 5 11 0 Mr Simon Munir/Mr Isaac Souede W. P. Mullins IRE
  • Mighty Blue (FR) 5 11 0 Capel Street Syndicate Joseph Patrick O'Brien IRE
  • Royal Illusion (IRE) 9 11 0 Ballylinch Stud W. P. Mullins IRE
  • Telmesomethinggirl (IRE) 6 11 0 Mr K. Alexander Henry de Bromhead IRE
  • The West Awaits (IRE) 6 11 0 Mrs John Magnier W. P. Mullins IRE
  • Duffle Coat (IRE) 4 10 13 Mr Ray Stokes Gordon Elliott IRE
  • Saint Sam (FR) 4 10 13 Mr Edward J. Ware W. P. Mullins IRE

120 entries

65 Irish-trained

1 French-trained

 

JCB Triumph Hurdle – Day Four, Friday, 19 March

The JCB Triumph Hurdle gets day four of The Festival™ underway and there are 54 four-year-olds entered for the extended two-mile contest this year.

Clear market leader is Zanahiyr (Gordon Elliott), one of 20 Irish-trained entries. A winner of all three of his starts over hurdles, he was last seen out when scoring very easily in the G2 Knight Frank Juvenile Hurdle at Leopardstown on 26 December.

Three fillies have triumphed in the JCB Triumph Hurdle – Shawiya (1993), Mysilv (1994) and Snow Drop (2000). Trainer Harry Fry is hoping he could provide the fourth successful female in 2021 with Fortunes Melody. A Listed winner at Auteuil in September, she placed on her next three starts in Graded company for her former trainer David Cottin. She has yet to start for Fry.

Fry said: “Fortunes Melody has some very good form in France and is the second highest rated juvenile filly there. We are very excited and grateful for her owners Simon [Munir] and Isaac [Souede] for giving us the opportunity to train her.

“She has been with us since the turn of the year but has been in England since the start of December. She spent some time with Sally Taylor who does a lot of the pre-training for the owners, so she has had the chance to settle and acclimatise there.

“We are learning about her all the time but hopefully she will be ready to run in the next couple of weeks. We have given her the Triumph Hurdle entry as an option. We need to run her first to see what we have got.

“There is some good form in the book already though as she is a winner of a Listed hurdle in France.”

 

JCB TRIUMPH HURDLE RACE (Grade 1)

  • Adagio (GER) 4 11 0 Bryan Drew and Friends / Prof. C. Tisdall David Pipe
  • Alatar (IRE) 4 11 0 Mr D. Kierans John McConnell IRE
  • Alborkan (FR) 4 11 0 Mr Jamie Hambro and Alan & Sally Coney Amy Murphy
  • Busselton (FR) 4 11 0 Chanelle Phar. Ltd Joseph Patrick O'Brien IRE
  • Carlos Felix (IRE) 4 11 0 Darren & Annaley Yates Dan Skelton
  • Castel Gandolfo (IRE) 4 11 0 Mr Nic Brereton Fergal O'Brien
  • Coltor (IRE) 4 11 0 M. Bucher D. K. Weld IRE
  • Druid's Altar (IRE) 4 11 0 Annus Mirabilis Syndicate Joseph Patrick O'Brien IRE
  • Duffle Coat (IRE) 4 11 0 Mr Ray Stokes Gordon Elliott IRE
  • Elham Valley (FR) 4 11 0 Caveat Emptor Partnership Fergal O'Brien
  • Farout (IRE) 4 11 0 Thurloe Thoroughbreds Ireland Limited W. P. Mullins IRE
  • French Aseel (FR) 4 11 0 Mrs J. Donnelly W. P. Mullins IRE
  • Goodbye Stranger (FR) 4 11 0 Mr Simon Munir & Mr Isaac Souede Nicky Henderson
  • Green Book (FR) 4 11 0 Lady Price, C Shaw, C Boylan & I Tagg Venetia Williams
  • Ha d'Or (FR) 4 11 0 Mrs S. Ricci W. P. Mullins IRE
  • Haut En Couleurs (FR) 4 11 0 Mrs J. Donnelly W. P. Mullins IRE
  • Hell Red (FR) 4 11 0 Sir Martin Broughton & Friends 6 Paul Nicholls
  • Heross du Seuil (FR) 4 11 0 Mrs J Donnelly Nicky Henderson
  • Historic Heart (IRE) 4 11 0 Atlantic Friends Racing Nigel Hawke
  • Homme Public (FR) 4 11 0 The Nevers Racing Partnership II Oliver Greenall
  • Honneur d'Ajonc (FR) 4 11 0 Valentine Bloodstock Racing Mrs Jane Williams
  • Hudson de Grugy (FR) 4 11 0 Alan Jamieson Site Services Ltd Gary Moore
  • Jeff Kidder (IRE) 4 11 0 Albert Dravins/Eamonn Scanlon Noel Meade IRE
  • John Locke (GB) 4 11 0 Sullivan Bloodstock Ltd & Chris Giles Dan Skelton
  • Keep It Brief (GB) 4 11 0 Mr Edward J. Ware Richard Phillips
  • Le Petit Nice (FR) 4 11 0 Ecurie Pigoni M & M Richard Chotard FR
  • Margaret's Legacy (FR) 4 11 0 Mr B. Dunn Hugo Merienne FR
  • Mica Malpic (FR) 4 11 0 Mr John P. McManus D. Cottin FR
  • Nassalam (FR) 4 11 0 Mr John Stone Gary Moore
  • Paros (FR) 4 11 0 Middleham Park Racing CXXV Nicky Henderson
  • Paso Doble (IRE) 4 11 0 Mr Graeme Brooks Paul Nicholls
  • Pleasure Garden (USA) 4 11 0 Mr H J Jarvis & Mrs P Jarvis Linda Jewell
  • Punctuation (GB) 4 11 0 Mr Grant Leon Charlie Longsdon
  • Quilixios (GB) 4 11 0 Cheveley Park Stud Gordon Elliott IRE
  • Sage Advice (IRE) 4 11 0 The Imperium Syndicate Dr Richard Newland
  • Saint Sam (FR) 4 11 0 Mr Edward J. Ware W. P. Mullins IRE
  • Soldier On Parade (GB) 4 11 0 Hostages To Fortune Amy Murphy
  • Son of Red (IRE) 4 11 0 Ian Gosden and Richard House Alan King
  • State Man (FR) 4 11 0 Mrs J. Donnelly W. P. Mullins IRE
  • Tax For Max (GER) 4 11 0 Mr Simon Munir/Mr Isaac Souede W. P. Mullins IRE
  • Teahupoo (FR) 4 11 0 Robcour Gordon Elliott IRE
  • Tritonic (GB) 4 11 0 McNeill Family & Mr Ian Dale Alan King
  • Varna Gold (IRE) 4 11 0 Mr G. Keeley Paul John Gilligan IRE
  • Vulcan (IRE) 4 11 0 The Imperium Syndicate Dr Richard Newland
  • Wise Glory (IRE) 4 11 0 Foxhills Racing Limited Paul Nicholls
  • Youmdor (FR) 4 11 0 McNeill Family W. P. Mullins IRE
  • Zanahiyr (IRE) 4 11 0 Noel Moran/Mrs Valerie Moran Gordon Elliott IRE
  • Craylands (GB) 4 10 7 W. J. and T. C. O. Gredley Dan Skelton
  • Curious Bride (IRE) 4 10 7 Mrs J. A. Wakefield Noel Meade
  • Fortunes Melody (GB) 4 10 7 Mr Simon Munir & Mr Isaac Souede Harry Fry
  • Heure de Gloire (FR) 4 10 7 Mr D. Pipe David Pipe
  • Megan (GER) 4 10 7 The Danum Partnership Stuart Edmunds
  • Riviere d'Etel (FR) 4 10 7 Noel Moran/Mrs Valerie Moran Gordon Elliott IRE
  • Talking About You (GB) 4 10 7 Mr Ian M. McGready Sean Curran

54 entries

20 Irish-trained

3 French-trained

 

Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle – Day Four, Friday, 19 March

The longest of the G1 novices’ hurdles at The Festival™, the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle takes place over three miles on day four, Friday, 19 March. 

There are 74 entries this time around, with 39 hailing from Ireland.

Prominent in the very open betting market are Stattler (Willie Mullins), impressive when scoring in a maiden hurdle at Leopardstown last month, and Barbados Buck’s (Paul Nicholls).

Out of a half-sister to the mighty Big Buck’s, four-time winner of what is now the Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle, Barbados Buck’s has looked good in winning three of his four starts this season, following up a pair of Southwell successes with victory at Kempton Park on 9 January.

ALBERT BARTLETT NOVICES' HURDLE (Grade 1) 

  • Adrimel (FR) 6 11 5 Lady Bamford & Alice Bamford Tom Lacey
  • Aki Bomaye (IRE) 6 11 5 Mrs Mary-Ann Middleton Colin Tizzard
  • Alaphilippe (IRE) 7 11 5 Mr Nic Brereton Fergal O'Brien
  • Ashdale Bob (IRE) 6 11 5 Diarmuid Horgan Mrs J. Harrington IRE
  • Ashtown Lad (IRE) 7 11 5 Darren & Annaley Yates Dan Skelton
  • Ask A Honey Bee (IRE) 7 11 5 Lewis, Lawson and Hope Fergal O'Brien
  • Baptism of Fire (IRE) 6 11 5 Gigginstown House Stud Henry de Bromhead IRE
  • Barbados Buck's (IRE) 6 11 5 The Stewart Family Paul Nicholls
  • Barbary Master (GB) 6 11 5 Gigginstown House Stud Noel Meade IRE
  • Beatthebullet (IRE) 7 11 5 Miss Rebecca Curtis Rebecca Curtis
  • Bobhopeornohope (IRE) 6 11 5 Mr J. Perriss Kim Bailey
  • Born Patriot (IRE) 5 11 5 Direct Bloodstock Ltd Peter Fahey IRE
  • Bothwell Bridge (IRE) 6 11 5 Mr T. Barr Nicky Henderson
  • Brazos (USA) 7 11 5 Mrs C. C. Regalado-Gonzalez John Joseph Murphy IRE
  • Cape Gentleman (IRE) 5 11 5 Mrs Margaret O'Rourke Emmet Mullins IRE
  • Capodanno (FR) 5 11 5 Mr John P. McManus W. P. Mullins IRE
  • Castle Robin (IRE) 6 11 5 Bradley Partnership Charlie Longsdon
  • Cavallino (IRE) 6 11 5 Mr Malcolm C. Denmark W. P. Mullins IRE
  • Champagnesuperover (IRE) 6 11 5 McNeill Family & Patrick&Scott Bryceland Olly Murphy
  • Clongowes (IRE) 7 11 5 Sam Tingey & Charlie Tingey Daniel Steele
  • Crosshill (IRE) 6 11 5 Mr R. A. Bartlett Mrs J. Harrington IRE
  • Does He Know (GB) 6 11 5 Yes He Does Syndicate Kim Bailey
  • Eden Flight (FR) 7 11 5 Mrs S. Ricci W. P. Mullins IRE
  • Emir Sacree (FR) 7 11 5 Mr G. L. Porter Nicky Henderson
  • Es Perfecto (IRE) 6 11 5 Mrs Liz Prowting Alan King
  • Exploiteur (FR) 7 11 5 Shaw Racing Partnership 2 Graeme McPherson
  • Fais Ton Chemin (FR) 6 11 5 M. L. Bloodstock Limited W. P. Mullins IRE
  • Fakiera (FR) 6 11 5 Mr T. O'Driscoll Gordon Elliott IRE
  • Fangio de Vassy (FR) 6 11 5 Mr Robert Finnegan Henry de Bromhead IRE
  • Farouk d'Alene (FR) 6 11 5 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott IRE
  • Fern Hill (IRE) 6 11 5 Cross Foran Harrison Ben Case
  • Fighter Allen (FR) 6 11 5 C. Jones W. P. Mullins IRE
  • French Paradoxe (FR) 6 11 5 Mick Fitzgerald Racing Club Oliver Signy
  • Fun Light (FR) 6 11 5 Rectory Road Holdings Limited Joseph Patrick O'Brien IRE
  • Ganapathi (FR) 5 11 5 Mrs J. Donnelly W. P. Mullins IRE
  • Gentlemansgame (GB) 5 11 5 Robcour M. F. Morris IRE
  • Gorki d'Airy (FR) 5 11 5 Mrs J. M. Mullins W. P. Mullins IRE
  • Heather Rocco (IRE) 6 11 5 Mr Mustafa Elatrash Henry de Bromhead IRE
  • Holymacapony (IRE) 5 11 5 Mr Barry Maloney Henry de Bromhead IRE
  • Indiana Jones (FR) 5 11 5 Robcour M. F. Morris IRE
  • It Could Be You (IRE) 7 11 5 Mrs H. Mullins Thomas Mullins IRE
  • Jungle Boogie (IRE) 7 11 5 Mr Malcolm C. Denmark W. P. Mullins IRE
  • Killer Kane (IRE) 6 11 5 J P Romans & Taylor, O'Dwyer Colin Tizzard
  • Land of Winter (FR) 5 11 5 Paul Smith & Rae Guest Rae Guest
  • Limestone Rock (IRE) 5 11 5 Michael O'Flynn/John F O'Flynn M. F. Morris IRE
  • Mahler Allstar (IRE) 7 11 5 Patrick Pyne Jonathan Sweeney IRE
  • Make Me A Believer (IRE) 6 11 5 Prof. C. Tisdall & Jane Gerard-Pearse David Pipe
  • Minella Escape (IRE) 6 11 5 Mr A. Halsall Henry de Bromhead IRE
  • Mint Condition (GB) 7 11 5 Whites Property Limited Jennie Candlish
  • N'Golo (IRE) 6 11 5 Mrs S. Ricci W. P. Mullins IRE
  • Nanobot (GB) 6 11 5 Mr Chris Harriman Alan King
  • Oscar Elite (IRE) 6 11 5 Mrs Mary-Ann Middleton Colin Tizzard
  • Pats Fancy (IRE) 6 11 5 Hydes,McDermott,Spencer,Frobisher & Lee Rebecca Curtis
  • Pennyforapound (IRE) 7 11 5 R & J Farnham,P Burns,S Gammond,F Street Rebecca Curtis
  • Petibonome (FR) 5 11 5 Robcour Henry de Bromhead IRE
  • Power of Pause (IRE) 6 11 5 Miss M. A. Masterson W. P. Mullins IRE
  • Ragnar Lodbrok (IRE) 6 11 5 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott IRE
  • Red Lion Lad (IRE) 5 11 5 Prof C Tisdall & Black Star David Pipe
  • Shadow Rider (FR) 7 11 5 Mr John P. McManus W. P. Mullins IRE
  • Stattler (IRE) 6 11 5 Mr R. A. Bartlett W. P. Mullins IRE
  • Stellar Magic (IRE) 6 11 5 Mr Allan Stennett Philip Hobbs
  • Streets of Doyen (IRE) 7 11 5 Ms Caroline Ahearn John McConnell IRE
  • Striking A Pose (IRE) 5 11 5 I & C Gosden, M Sharp & G Kennington Colin Tizzard
  • Tamar Bridge (IRE) 6 11 5 McNeill Family and Prodec Networks Ltd Olly Murphy
  • Threeunderthrufive (IRE) 6 11 5 McNeill Family Paul Nicholls
  • Torygraph (IRE) 6 11 5 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott IRE
  • Undersupervision (IRE) 5 11 5 Anne-Marie & Jamie Shepperd Nigel Twiston-Davies
  • Up For Parol (IRE) 5 11 5 Sir Chips Keswick Jamie Snowden
  • Vanillier (FR) 6 11 5 Mrs H. M. Keaveney Gavin Cromwell IRE
  • Wide Receiver (IRE) 6 11 5 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott IRE
  • Atlantic Fairy (IRE) 7 10 12 Mr Mark E. Phelan Henry de Bromhead IRE
  • Sandymount Rose (IRE) 7 10 12 Proudley and Whymark Partnership Neil Mulholland
  • Wynn House (GB) 6 10 12 Mr Rupert Anton Alan King
  • Duffle Coat (IRE) 4 10 10 Mr Ray Stokes Gordon Elliott IRE

 

74 entries

39 Irish-trained

 

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