Bookmakers give At Fishers Cross (6g Oscar-Fermoy Supreme, by Supreme Leader) a favourite’s chance of winning the G1 Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival in March after a gutsy success at Prestbury Park on Saturday.
Tony McCoy starred aboard the Oscar gelding on Cheltenham’s Trials Day when beating hot favourite The New One to win the G2 Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle in the colours of J P McManus.
Bookmakers make the Liam O’Regan-bred At Fishers Cross as short as 4/1 favourite to follow up at the Cheltenham Festival and trainer Rebecca Curtis feels the longer distance of the Albert Bartlett will suit.
“He stays very well up the hill and I think he will be better over three miles, hopefully he will go for the Albert Bartlett now. He seems to be progressive and the ground helped him,” Curtis told PA Sport.
McCoy added: “He’s a real tough horse. I tried to get the rail, but Sam (Twiston-Davies on The New One) got away from me.
“He’s got great heart. I knew the ground and conditions would suit him and Rebecca has done a great job with him. He may or may not have been the best horse in the race, but the way conditions were today what he had was great heart, a will to win and to stay. I knew that was something in his favour. He knows when he’s had enough.”