Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle Cheltenham Festival 2015 ante-post betting tips and predictions
The Albert Bartlett is a relatively new addition to the Festival, celebrating its tenth year in 2015. It's a big test for novice hurdlers to contest this 3m trip round Prestbury Park and is often won by a battle hardened horse.
Cheltenham Festival Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle Tips
Black Hercules heads the market for Willie Mullins having, unsurprisingly, improved both since being sent over hurdles and also for the step up to three miles last time out. He ran a solid race when finishing fourth in the Bumper at last year’s Festival so the track holds no fears and he looks a decent candidate to go well again.
No More Heroes was bitterly disappointing when last seen but he scoped badly after the race so is better judged on his beating of Shaneshill the time before. Being by Presenting the likely better ground at the Festival should cause him no problems while the step up to three miles could also bring about further improvement.
Martello Tower is another Irish contender who finished runner-up in the race No More Heroes flopped in last time. He showed there that two and a half miles was an insufficient test of stamina having beaten the winner of that race previously over three miles. Stamina is very much his strong suit and he is likely to be keeping on when others are crying enough up the hill.
Caracci Apache has improved each time he has stepped up in trip with this stiffer track likely to bring about further improvement. He evidently has bags of natural ability but he also has his quirks, winning with more in hand than the official margin suggests last time out having veered across the track. He wouldn't want to repeat that waywardness up the Cheltenham hill against this class of opponents but is an interesting runner nonetheless.
Value At Risk looked to have the world at his feet when bolting up at Newbury in December but he didn't back that up in a better race at Cheltenham. Connections might argue that they didn't make enough use of his stamina that day so this step up to three miles should suit but it remains a step into the unknown.
One who is of interest is THOMAS BROWN (E/W) (16/1 Paddy Power) with the step up in trip likely to see the son of Sir Harry Lewis in a better light. His sole defeat over hurdles came when failing to give eight pounds to Out Sam at Newbury. There was no disgrace in that effort and a beating of Robinsfirth giving that rival four pounds on his most recent run would put him ahead of the likes of Value At Risk who is a shorter price. The cheekpieces are a slight concern in a Grade 1 but they haven't had a negative effect thus far!
Nothing in this with that air of a future greatness but plenty of well above average types make this a fascinating renewal. There are holes to be picked in the form of pretty much all the leading contenders so THOMAS BROWN (E/W) gets the vote as he looks stamina laden with trainer Harry Fry in no doubt that this is the Festival race for his charge.
Ante-Post Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle Betting Tips –
THOMAS BROWN (E/W) (16/1 Paddy Power)
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