Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle Tips - 2:50pm Cheltenham

The Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle is open to horses aged four or older. It is run over three miles and there are twelve flights of hurdles to be jumped. Looking back, the race has produced some top quality horses who have gone onto much better things including Bobs Worth, Unowhatimeanharry, Penhill, Minella Indo and of course last years’ enthralling winner in Monkfish.

This is a race where favourites have a historically bad record. Only two of the last ten have won (At Fishers Cross in 2013 and Bobs Worth in 2011). There has only been one eight-year-old winner of the race. The remainder have been aged five to eight. Since its inception in 2005, two trainers have trained the winner twice. Willie Mullins landed the prize with Monkfish last year and prior to that he won with Penhill in 2017. Jonjo O’Neill is the other trainer and he won with Black Jack Ketchum in 2006 and Wichita Lineman in 2007. Guaranteed stamina is over three miles is a valuable asset as eleven of the last twelve winners had previously won over the trip.

Stattler heads the market and his price is most likely based on his trainer winning the race last year. He ran a perfectly credible race when finishing third to stablemate Gaillard Du Mesnil at the Dublin Racing Festival where he attempted to make all under a positive ride by Danny Mullins. Given that this race is likely to attract a maximum field, he will find it especially difficult to try and adopt similar front running tactics. He has also never raced over a trip as far as this and the way he was brushed aside at Leopardstown was all too easy.

Fakiera ran in that same race and was coming back from a short break. He was a winner of a Grade Three race at Navan back in November, but he has subsequently been beaten six lengths in a Grade Two race at the same track. If he wins it will be great for connections but he is beginning to look a bit exposed and there are others who appeal more.

Barbados Buck’s runs in the familiar colours of the Stewart Family who have a long standing association with Cheltenham. He has improved rapidly this season and has picked up three wins on the bounce at Southwell (twice) and Kempton. It would take a monumental leap of faith to suggest he can make such a huge step up in class to take this and whilst proven at the trip others at bigger prices have better form in the book.

Adrimel has done nothing wrong this season and comes into his own on soft and heavy ground. He gave Tom Lacey one of the biggest wins in his career by taking the Grade Two Leamington Novices’ Hurdle at Warwick last month. Whilst that was a career best performance and his first try beyond an extended two miles he was all out to hold on to a strong finishing Mint Condition. With the step up in trip not guaranteed to suit he has each way prospects at best.

Torygraph and Farouk D’Alene are both trained by Gordon Elliott and run in the colours of Gigginstown House Stud. Torygraph is progressing nicely and has appreciated the step up to this trip on both occasions. There is no doubt he is a stayer in the making but he just lacks that ,little bit of top class form for him to be considered here. Farouk D’Alene on the other hand progressed from his maiden hurdle win at Down Royal to land the Grade Two Jaguar Land Rover Novice Hurdle at Limerick just after Christmas. It is arguable that it is some of the best form on offer coming into this race but there are horses at far shorter odds than what he is for having achieved less. If he lines up here he certainly has an each-way squeak.

Atlantic Fairy really could be anything. She absolutely trashed her rivals in a mares’ maiden hurdle at Limerick just after Christmas. The form was subsequently boosted by the runner-up (Nelly’s Money) going in at Down Royal just a couple of weeks ago. Henry De Bromhead obviously trained Minella Indo to win this a couple of years ago and if this mare runs, she looks an intriguing contender.

Streets Of Doyen has been in fantastic form this season and landed the biggest win if his career over the course and distance back in October when ridden by Richard Johnson. He was completing a four-timer for the yard having also won at Roscommon, Gowran Park and Cork in the space of six weeks. His experience around here will prove invaluable and in a race that can throw up the occasional shock, he makes each way appeal should John McConnell bring him over from County Meath.

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