Masterson Holdings Hurdle
Cheltenham 14:05
£32,000 added,
4yo only,
2m 87y, Class 2   
Saturday 24th October 2020

1 Botox Has 11/2
2 The Pinkn 14/1
3 Allmankind 11/8F
6 ran NR: Zurekin
Distances: 4l, 3½l, 3l

Botox Has made a triumphant return to action on his first start since claiming a Triumph Hurdle trial in December.

Tracking the early pace cut out by Allmankind, the 11-2 chance moved into a lead he would not surrender on the approach to the last.

Finding plenty, Botox Has crossed the line four lengths clear of The Pink’N, with favourite Allmankind a further three and a half lengths adrift back in third. 

Winning jockey Joshua Moore said: “He won nicely. He picked up quicker than I expected down the hill and he saw it out really well. I was hoping it wouldn’t turn into a test of speed, so I sat as close as I could to Harry (Skelton, on Allmankind) and he hit the hill and galloped out well.

“When I rode him here in the November meeting, I rode him with the future in mind and I took the wider route for the better ground at the time and he was a weaker horse last year. This time I rode him closer and I was quite confident he would give him (Allmankind) a race. 

“The Elite Hurdle wouldn’t be for this lad, as it would be too quick (of a return) for him.”

Botox Has was introduced at 50-1 for the Champion Hurdle by Betfair, while William Hill went 33-1 for the same race.

Masterson Holdings Hurdle
£32,000 added, 4yo only, 2m 87y, Class 2
6 ran
Going: Good

1     Botox Has 4 11-2 Gary Moore Joshua Moore 11/2
4 The Pink'n 4 10-12 Seamus Mullins Daniel Sansom 14/1
3 Allmankind 4 11-6 Dan Skelton Harry Skelton 11/8F
3 Anna Bunina 4 10-5 John C McConnell Richard Johnson 5/2
29 Nordano 4 10-12 Neil King Bryony Frost 14/1
Stratagem 4 11-6 Paul Nicholls Harry Cobden 10/1
NR 4 - Zurekin 4 11-2 Sophie Leech NON RUNNER