Martello Tower takes grueling Albert Bartlett
Martello Tower outstayed his rivals in what turned into a grueling Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle. It was another winner for the Mullins family but this time it was trainer Mags who took the spoils, with Adrian Heskin riding the winner for owner Barry Connell. In what was an amazing story, Danny Mullins, son of the winning trainer and former retained rider to Connell, was involved in a terrific finish on the eventual runner-up Milsean who had tried to make all.
A two time Grade 3 winner when stepped up to this trip this season, Martello Tower took advantage of the softening ground to bring his stamina in to play and probably won with a little bit in hand, having pricked his ears after the last. Milsean had made a brave fist of it from the front and was involved in a little bit of drama with his fellow Gigginstown owned No More Heroes before the last, where the latter was squeezed up on the rail and had to switch to the outside before finishing back in third.
Heskin, who was appointed retained rider to the owner earlier this season, said: “I’ll enjoy this one! He is a real tough horse, all he does is find and find off of the bridle. He pricked his ears about five strides after the last, so I said I have plenty left here. I got into him and he delivered.”
The winner was given a quote of 16/1 for next year’s World Hurdle in the aftermath.
Photo: EMPICS Sport/EMPICS Sport
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