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Potential Supplement for Now Is The Hour at the Festival
Now Is The Hour by Healy Racing

Potential Supplement for Now Is The Hour at the Festival

Now Is The Hour has made significant strides this winter under the tutelage of trainer Gavin Cromwell, positioning the gelding as a potential contender for Grade 1 honours at the upcoming Cheltenham Festival next month.

Despite facing setbacks in maiden hurdles last year, including a fall at the Limerick Christmas meeting while leading, this point-to-point winner, sired by Westerner, found redemption with a convincing victory in a 2m4f maiden at Fairyhouse. However, it was at Haydock where the seven-year-old truly showcased his capabilities.

Priced at 12/1 for the Grade 2 Albert Bartlett Prestige Novices’ Hurdle, Now Is The Hour defied the odds and excelled over three miles on challenging terrain. Jockey Sean Flanagan guided him to a commanding 17-length win over Don’t Rightly Know, solidifying his potential for further success.

Looking ahead, Cromwell hinted at the possibility of supplementing Now Is The Hour for the Albert Bartlett, with a decision to be made by March 9th based on ground conditions. The trainer remained grounded despite the impressive performance at Haydock, acknowledging the challenging conditions and the fortuitous race dynamics.

While bookmakers like Sky Bet and William Hill are offering odds of 10/1 for Now Is The Hour in the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle, Cromwell maintains a cautious optimism, recognising the need for continued focus and preparation in the lead-up to the prestigious event.

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