Another Mullins wins at Cheltenham claiming Bartlett Novices Hurdle

Mags Mullins saddled her first Festival winner when Martello Tower came out top in a gruelling battle for the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham.

Another Mullins wins at Cheltenham claiming Bartlett Novices Hurdle

Mags Mullins saddled her first Festival winner when Martello Tower came out top in a gruelling battle for the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham.

In another race dominated by Irish raiders, Martello Tower (14-1) ground out victory for owner Barry Connell and his retained jockey Adrian Heskin.

Martello Tower took the lead from long-time leader Milsean, ridden by the winning trainer’s son, Danny, who used to be Connell’s number one.

There was just half a length between them at the line, with No More Heroes a length away in third.

Heskin said: “He’s a real tough horse, all he does is find off the bridle.

“He pricked his ears about five times after the last, I kept on asking him and he delivered.

“On the ground I was afraid he’d done too much early. He’s a fair horse.

“I was up the tails of the leaders all the way so I didn’t get the kickback.”

The winning trainer said: “To win is just great. I was hoping he would win, but it doesn’t always work out that way.

“I’ve had one runner in this race before and he was third and I’ve had a winner at the November meeting here. It’s brilliant.”

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