- 1:30 Supreme Novices Hurdle
- 2:10 Arkle Chase
- 2:50 Ultima Handicap Chase
- 3:30 Champion Hurdle
- 4:10 Mares Hurdle
- 4:50 Northern Trust Novices Chase
- 5:30 National Hunt Chase Cup
- 1:30 Ballymore Novices Hurdle
- 2:10 RSA Chase
- 2:50 Coral Cup
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- 4:10 Cross Country Chase
- 4:50 Boodles Handicap Hurdle
- 5:30 Champion Bumper
- 1:30 Marsh Novices Chase
- 2:10 Pertemps Final Hurdle
- 2:50 Ryanair Chase
- 3:30 Stayers Hurdle
- 4:10 Brown Advisory Plate
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- 5:30 Kim Muir Chase Cup
Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle Tips - 2:50pm Cheltenham
2020 Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle Preview
The Albert Bartlett is the third race on the final day of the Festival, otherwise known as the ‘warm up’ act for the Cheltenham Gold Cup which follows this race. A novice hurdle over 3 miles and very much a race where future chasing stars are born. Previous winners such as Bobs Worth and Weapons Amnesty both went on to lift the Gold Cup.
It’s also a race that has punters scratching their heads, the last six winners have started at 50/1, 33/1, 16/1, 11/1, 14/1 and 33/1. This has to go down to the fact that young horses are improving all the time and even more so as go over longer trips, many horse have yet to show their true potential when turning up here, hence the shock results.
Having said that you can’t get away from the form in the book and Thyme Hill certainly sets the standard. Trained by Philip Hobbs the 6yo is now unbeaten in three starts over hurdles and has looked more impressive each time.
Last season he was third in the Champion Bumper behind Envoi Allen and that race has thrown up plenty of hurdle winners this term. He kicked off by winning a Garde 2 contest at Chepstow back in October. He beat Fiddlerontheroof that day by two lengths and the form has held up well.
Next time out he came to Cheltenham and won another Grade 2 race by 3 lengths, jockey Richard Johnson lost his irons that day but he still won with something to spare. Last time at Newbury he finally got his Garde 1 prize when winning the Challow Hurdle over 2m4f. He was made to work that day and now is the time to step up to three miles and see what he is really made of.
Colin Tizzard has a good bunch on novices this season and has a chance with Harry Senior who seems to be improving with each outing. After getting beat three times earlier in the season he came good at Chepstow over the Christmas period, the win coincided with a step up in trip and hasn’t looked back since.
Last time out he won the Grade 2 Ballymore trial over 2m4f and stayed on really well up the Cheltenham hill suggesting that this trip will bring about even more improvement.
Trainer Fergal O’Brien has his team in good form and has a couple of lively outsiders for this race. Both Imperial Alcazar and Champagne Well are proper stayers and shouldn’t be dismissed too lightly.
Imperial Alcazar runs in the same colours as Gold Cup winner Imperial Commander and he has won twice this season already. His best run was probably in defeat when finishing second to Protektorat here at Cheltenham over 2m4f. He was awarded the race by the stewards on the day but was later demoted after an appeal. Win or lose it was still a decent run.
Champagne Well has ran at Cheltenham three times this season and was a winner here in October. He was then stepped up in class and finished second to Thyme Hill beaten three lengths. Last time out he was a well beaten runner-up behind Ramses De Teilee at Doncaster and will need to bounce back to get involved here.
The Irish challenge comes from Latest Exhibition trained by Paul Nolan, he has won three races this season and has improved with each run. He first came to prominence when second to Abacadabras over an inadequate two miles at Navan in November, that was a Grade 3 contest.
Next time out he was upped in trip and in class but came home 2 ¼ lengths clear of the very well regarded Andy Defresne from the Gordon Elliott camp. It seemed the further he went the better he travelled so next time out went up to 2m6f at Leopardstown in February.
He took on the best young stayers in Ireland that day and came out on top from Cobbler’s Way, Longhouse Poet and Fury Road. He comes here full of confidence of getting the three miles and coming up the hill strongly and looks a danger to all.
Willie Mullins has only won this race once since it was established in 2005 and that was with Penhill who went on to win the Stayers Hurdle too. This time round he saddles Monkfish who is owned by the Ricci’s.
The 6yo was beaten on his hurdles debut but that was over a much shorter trip, since then he has won twice, at Fairyhouse over 2m7f and at Thurles over 2m6f. His races have been a little low key but he has hardly broke sweat the last couple of times and comes here a relatively fresh horse with untapped potential.
Gigginstown Stud have won this race twice with Very Wood and Weapons Amnesty, although the outfit is scaling down their operation in the future they still have a decent sort in Fury Road to fly the flag this season.
He started the campaign in great style by winning on debut at Down Royal by 18 lengths, next time out he won a Grade 3 race at Navan by 10 lengths and looked a really progressive type. He then won at Limerick over 2m7f in heavy ground showing he stays really well and also showed his battling qualities when challenged late on.
Last time out he lost his unbeaten record when he could only finish 4th at the Dublin Festival behind Latest Exhibition. Although it was a disappointment the form is pretty solid and connections will still have hope of reversing that form on this stiffer track.Punters Lounge Tip: Latest Exhibition 8/1 at William Hill - Click Here To Bet
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