Brave Bob bags Bartlett
Published 18/03/2011 | 14:56
Bobs Worth and Mossley gave Nicky Henderson a notable one-two in the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham for his first winner of the meeting.
Barry Geraghty, who bought the horse at the Doncaster Sales and sold him to the trainer, was on the well-backed 15-8 favourite and steered Bobs Worth to a hard-fought win over his stablemate.
No Secrets and Radetsky March cut out the running but the pack was waiting to pounce and it was Bobs Worth who had the most ammunition.
He was all out to hold Mossley (12-1) by two and a quarter lengths, with Court In Motion another six lengths away in third and Champion Court fourth.
Geraghty, who was also securing his first Festival winner of the week, said: "I've had some great rides this week. They all ran well and we've had no real hard-luck stories.
"We got him as a yearling off my brother and then Nicky bought him off us as a four-year-old.
"I said all week it was just important to get one on the board and then worry about the second - I'm very much a realist and I know it can go against you.
"I didn't have bad results, I just didn't have the right result."
Henderson, who saddled four seconds on Tuesday, added of the winner: "The owner took a bit of convincing to go for this race rather than the Neptune on Wednesday but all he does is stay - he's an out-and-out three-miler.
"Tuesday was like purgatory. It has taken a while but thankfully we have got one on the board.
"I feel desperately sorry for Michael Buckley (owner of Mossley) who had two seconds (Spirit Son and Finian's Rainbow) on Tuesday and lost a horse yesterday (Lush Life), it's awful but his horse has run a blinder and been beaten by one of our own."
Buckley said: "He's only five and the winner is six, and I think that makes a big difference.
"The other horse is just a bit more grown up than ours.
"I shouldn't imagine he'd run again this season, and we'll come back novice chasing."
Emma Lavelle, trainer of Court In Motion, said: "It would have been great to have won but he's run a blinder to finish third.
"On quicker ground he just lacks that change of gear.
"He galloped all the way to the line and I can't wait to send him chasing next year."