Albert Bartlett (2.40pm) betting tips for the 2014 Cheltenham Festival on day four, Friday 14th March.
The Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle may not be at the forefront of every racing fan's mind during the build up to the Cheltenham Festival but the three mile contest is fast gaining a reputation for unearthing future stars.
Trainer David Pipe’s trained KING’S PALACE (7/2 Bet365) is three from three this season, with two of those wins coming at Cheltenham. He burst to the head of the betting following his romp to an easy course and distance victory around the course in December, which was after an even more emphatic win where the six-year-old demolished nine rivals with the nearest competitor some 18 lengths back in second. His ability to stay up the Cheltenham hill is a huge positive as is the partnership he's struck with jockey, Tom Scudamore, who's ridden the horse in all three of his wins. Pipe and Scudamore are flying through the Festival, on three winners each, which is a massive positive.
The winner of the Champion Bumper twelve months ago was Briar Hill (5/4 William Hill) who is another who has won all three starts this term. The Willie Mullins trained six-year-old has made a promising transition from the bumper ranks to life over obstacles in Ireland. There is little reason to doubt he won't stay the trip and with Ruby Walsh in the saddle and readied by Willie Mullins, it would be no surprise to see Briar Hill record back-to-back Festival victories. Connections had been pretty sweet about their chances in the run up to the Festival, and that trainer and jockey combo, who are also on three winners a piece, will be looking to finish the week as Champions.
The JP McManus owned Captain Cutter (10/1 Bet365) is yet another horse having scored a hat-trick of wins this season, the most recent of which came at Newbury in December, with Tony McCoy doing the steering on all three occasions but the furthest the seven-year-old has won over is two miles five furlongs, which leaves the question about whether he'll get the three miles around Cheltenham. He therefore has plenty to find on form with the leading duo in the market and the fact he's never run at Cheltenham is also negative for me.
DEPUTY DAN (16/1 Bet365) rates amongst the pick of the others in the race when looking for an Albert Bartlett betting tip, and the penny finally looks to have dropped for the Oliver Sherwood trained runner recently. Following a promising bumper campaign he recorded consecutive second place finishes in his first two starts over obstacles and look to be on an upward curve and could very well be a lively each-way contender if the ground doesn’t dry up too much. Champagne West was the one who got the better of Deputy Dan earlier in the season and as such, the Phil Hobbs runner must also enter calculations. He boasts solid claims based on his three latest back-to-back wins based on his impressive victories, but is another that won’t be suited by the drying ground.
There are a couple of interesting runners heading to the race that could be in a with an eachway shout. Malcolm Jefferson’s Urban Hymn has done little wrong this season, but has never run on anything better than soft ground. His jockey Brian Hughes will be looking for his second win of the Festival. Mosspark, for Emma Lavelle and Aidan Coleman, is three from three this season since finishing second to Annacotty in an Irish Point to Point a couple of seasons ago. He is another one who is yet to be tested on this better ground.
This looks to be a wide open race, which has taken me a while to choose the best each way bet, let alone a winner!
So after much umming and ahhing I’ve gone for the inform combination of David Pipe and Tom Scudamore and Kings Palace to win the race as my first Cheltenham tip for the 2.40pm, and Deputy Dan as an each way chance.
Albert Bartlett Betting Tips
Kings Palace to win – bet here at 7/2 with Bet365
Deputy Dan each-way – bet here at 16/1 with Bet365
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