Cheltenham tips – Albert Bartlett best bets for Cheltenham Festival 2020
Albert Bartlett Tips
Daryl Carter (@darylcarter7) gives the latest of his Cheltenham tips in the Albert Bartlett Novice Hurdle, which takes place on Cheltenham Festival Day four, Friday, March 13.
The potato race is a war of nutrition for novice hurdlers and the winner needs to be tough, genuine and race-hardened if going by previous runnings. Six-year-olds have a good record, winning five of the last ten races.
Albert Bartlett Tips – Solid market leader
THYME HILL heads the market and he has shown all the right attributes for a race of this nature, while he also fits the key stats and trends quite nicely.
Usually his class edge from his Champion Bumper days would be an advantage in any other race at the Cheltenham Festival but this race has seen class put to the sword on many occasions, with the favourite winning just once in the last ten years.
Albert Bartlett Tips – Best of the Irish
MONKFISH has come to hand for Willie Mullins of late, winning impressively on his most recent start at Thurles by 20 lengths over the 135-rated Alpine Cobra. That takes his record to two from three over hurdles and he is progressing at a rate of knots.
His powerful finishing efforts suggest he could be more than useful and he won his point-to-point over three miles with Fiddlerontheroof and Albert Bartlett market rival Fury Road both in behind. He rates a serious contender and he is the latest of my Cheltenham tips.
Albert Bartlett Tips – Needs to improve
FURY ROAD will be popular with punters after he showed a game attitude to keep his unbeaten hurdle form intact at Limerick after travelling on the bridle to the final flight before blundering. He was made to work hard by the runner-up and the third-placed horse who finished less than two lengths behind him before finishing 23 lengths behind Monkfish, which suggests Fury Road’s form could be questioned.
He’s a likeable type but the form of his three runs needs taking with a pinch of salt. He was sent off odds-on on two of those and even money for the third, highlighting the quality of horses, he has beaten so far and you would like to have seen him in better company before the Cheltenham Festival.
Albert Bartlett Tips – Big chance
Colin Tizzard’s THE BIG BREAKAWAY has barely broken a sweat in his three starts to date, including his point-to-point win. He has looked one of the most exciting novice hurdle recruits of the season after two emphatic wins at Chepstow and Newbury. The form has substance to it and the handicapper has given him an official rating of 144.
With improvement almost certain, he would not have too much to find to be in the Albert Bartlett shake-up. A concern would be the lack of experience in a race of this nature but he must be considered a contender.
Albert Bartlett Tips – Strong Irish contender
LATEST EXHIBITION is interesting for Paul Nolan and his form ties in with Monkfish and Fiddlerontheroof, having the latter behind him in a bumper at Limerick.
He’s since turned over red-hot favourite Andy Dufresne on his latest start over 2m4f and the step up in trip looked to suit the strong-travelling seven-year-old. He looks the type to relish this sort of test of stamina test and, as older horses have won five of the last ten Albert Bartlett’s at the Cheltenham Festival, he’s one to keep on the right side of with any amount of improvement to come.
Albert Bartlett Tips – 33/1 shot can outrun price
Those at bigger prices should not be ignored with the favourites having a poor record in the race and seven of the last ten winners have returned at double-figure prices.
Looking outside the top ten can pay the bills and REDFORD ROAD could go well at 33/1. He lost nothing in defeat when dropping back in trip in the Ballymore Novice Trial on New Year’s Day, his improved form came on his only start over three miles and his tenacious attitude is just what the doctor ordered in this type of race.
Albert Bartlett Tips –Big race verdict
MONKFISH at this moment could be a superstar and with trainer Willie Mullins in his corner the sky could be the limit for this fella. He’s my Albert Bartlett pick and latest of my Cheltenham tips.