Cheltenham Festival 2017 day 4 betting tips for the Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle including reasons for our Cheltenham tips on the race and the best odds currently available.
Won last year by current Stayers’ Hurdle favourite Unowhatimeanharry, this race looks to be of a high standard with some very promising horses among the entires.
Albert Bartlett Tips
Currently heading the market is the Gordon Elliot trained Death Duty. Four outings this season have yielded four wins over two and a half miles, with each performance pleasing more than the last and a step up in trip will be no problem. The form of his Grade 2 victory at Navan where he beat the well regarded Invitation Only and also the subsequent graded winner Monalee is very strong. The most interesting aspect of his form comes from the most recent win, in which Augusta Kate fell at the final flight when looking like laying down a serious challenge to Death Duty. It’s debatable as to whether the mare would have come out on top, but it would certainly provide an interesting angle if she were to reoppose.
The Worlds End has improved plenty over the winter for Tom George and his 9-length victory in a Grade 2 last time out was really impressive. Before that race I thought No Hassle Hoff was a potential contender for the Albert Bartlett, but the subsequent result has put his conquerer firmly in the picture and it would be a surprise if the placings could be reversed even though Dan Skelton’s runner was given plenty to do. The step up in trip appeared to suit The Worlds End and the extra distance in the Albert Bartlett should play to his strengths.
Top owners Simon Munir and Isaac Souede have got some promising horses at present, none more so than Wholestone who is our Cheltenham betting tip for this race. Nigel Twiston-Davies horses have been in rude health this season and this 6 year old has accumulated three wins from four visits to Cheltenham, two of which have been over three miles. His latest win came over two and a half but there were some promising individuals in behind that day. West Approach showed heart and guts after an expert Ruby Walsh ride to finish third in the Cleeve Hurdle, but having already finished behind Wholestone on three occasions I’m struggling to see why that would be any different this time around.
Penhill relished the step up to three miles over Christmas in a 7 length victory over two subsequent winners. Some smart performances over two miles set him up for a tilt at the Royal Bond, he got outpaced and then hampered in that race but I think he was too far back to have any chance of winning. Willie Mullins has a few potential contenders for this contest and it will be interesting to see who lines up. Let’s Dance, a progressive second season novice who has three wins to her name this winter, has a whole host of festival options and is sure to be in with a good chance whichever race she appears in.
Cheltenham Day 4 Tip
Albert Bartlett: Wholestone (Each Way) – 11/2 with William Hill.
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