Martello Tower was a gutsy winner of the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle, as in energy-sapping conditions the 14/1 shot reeled in the front-running Milsean to land the 3m Grade 1 contest, as the heavily-backed favourite Black Hercules was unable to land a significant blow in the closing stages of what was a real war of attrition.
As the rain continued to make its mark at a rain-swept Cheltenham, it was a contest where the bravest contenders would come out on top and Milsean set a decent gallop from the outset in the Albert Bartlett and from a long way out there was an army of challengers struggling to keep up with the pace.
Ruby Walsh kept Black Hercules out towards the back and on the second circuit he began to try and get his mount into contention, but he struggled to pick up coming down the hill and the bookmakers were breathing a sigh of relief as he struggled.
Meanwhile, out in front Adrian Heskin was always travelling sweetly in behind Milsean, who approaching the home straight had all bar a few rivals on his tail and it was No More Heroes and Value At Risk who only seemed like the dangers, with the latter failing to feature late on.
No More Heroes was stopped in his tracks when trying to find a clear path up the rail, but Martello Tower came alongsides Milsean jumping the last and in what was a real struggle up the hill it was the Mags Mullins-trained raider that landed the prize with aplomb