Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle Tips - 2:50pm Cheltenham

2019 Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle Preview

The Albert Bartlett Hurdle is over 3 miles on the new course and it takes bags of stamina to get home in this race. Previous winners have gone to great things such as Bobs Worth who won the Gold Cup and just two years ago Penhill won this and then went on to win the Stayers Hurdle twelve months ago.

The race doesn’t lean toward any camp, the English won it last year with Kilbricken Storm who was the homes side’s fifth win since 2011. The Irish took it three times between 2014 and 2017 so honours are pretty even.

One of the leading fancies from the Gordon Elliott yard is Commander Of Fleet, he won a point over three miles so should be ok as far as the trip is concerned. He has won two novice hurdles this season and last time out defeated Rhinestone over 2m6f at Leopardstown.

That was a perfect trial for this race and this lightly raced 5yo has bags of potential and could go to the very top over staying trips.

The runner up that day Rhinestone is trained by Joseph O’Brien and he is entitled to fancy his horse after such a promising effort. He travelled supremely well and looked the likely winner at one point but was just run out of it on the long run in. The extra two furlongs and the track may well bring out a different result.

Willie Mullins has a boat load of horses to throw at this race, his Allaho looks the main hope and the choice of Ruby Walsh. He's had just the one run over hurdles and won in that in good style at Clonmel last month, he won by 4 lengths that day and coudl be a smart staying prospect.

The filly Salsaretta has a chance and will be ridden by Paul Townend, she beat Felix Desjy on Boxing Day at Limerick and then last time unseated Patrick Mullins when behind Commander Of Fleet.

Derrinross is one horse that is guaranteed to get the trip, trainer Philip Dempsey has already won two races with 8yo over three miles and is improving all the time. He has only had seven starts in his life so is very unexposed for an 8yo, one proviso is that he may need a bit of cut in the ground to show his best.

Derrinross defeated Sams Profile at Cork over three miles in December, the runner up stayed on really well that day and later went on to run second to the well regarded Battleoverdoyen at Naas in a Garde 1 contest.

Nicky Henderson had the second and third last year and has not won the race since Bobs Worth in 2011, he has an interesting runner in Dickie Diver, owned by J.P.McManus. the 6yo has only had one run over hurdles and he was beaten into second by Lisnagar Oscar. 

He won a point over 3 miles in heavy ground so will want a trip to show his best and is certainly thought to be on a par with their other horse Birchdale. He has won both of his starts including here last time over 2m4f but could be heading down the Ballymore route instead.

Colin Tizzard saddles Rockpoint in the same colours carried to victory in staying hurdles by Thistlecrack. He won a Grade 2 at Cheltenham in December and then was slightly disappointing at Warwick next time out when only 4th to Beakstown over a shorter trip. He looks a thorough stayer and will go chasing next year.

Ask Ben is a lively outsider and has done nothing wrong this season. He beat Beakstown over 2m6f at Newcastle and then went up to Ayr and landed an ordinary novice hurdle over 3 miles by a whopping 19 lengths. The aim was to test out the trip and now its time to move up in class and take on the big boys. Trainer Graham McPherson is quite bullish about his chances.

Rebecca Curtis saddles Lisnagar Oscar who won an average race at Chepstow in January and then showed a much improved performance when slamming his rivals at Haydock in a Grade 2 contest. That victory puts him right in the frame here and the yard has a habit of producing a star at the Festival.

 

Punters Lounge Tip: Rhinestone Each Way 20/1 at Bet365 - Click Here To Bet
 

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