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Albert Bartlett Spa Novices Hurdle Preview- Cheltenham Festival

Published on: 13/03/2020

Albert Bartlett Spa Novices Hurdle Preview- Cheltenham Festival

March 13, 2020 14:50pm - Cheltenham

Distance: 2m 7f 213y

Grade: (Class 1) (4yo+)

Runners: 19

Winner: £73,506

Going: Soft

The Day Four action continues with the Grade One Albert Bartlett Novices` Hurdle. The race covers 3m and features 12 fences and is a real test for the cream of the long-distance novice hurdlers. It was first run in 2005 and was a springboard for 2011 winner Bobs Worth, who went on to win the RSA Chase in 2012 and the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 2013.

The race features a competitive field once again with Paul Nolan`s Latest Exhibition likely to head off as the favourite. He finished second to Supreme Novices` runner-up Abacadabras at Navan in November and has won twice since including a Grade One over 2m 6f at Leopardstown in testing conditions. He looks to have all the tools required to win here.

Also to be considered is the Grade One Challow winner Thyme Hill who remains unbeaten over hurdles but is untested over 3m. However, he stayed on well when third to Envoi Allen in last year`s Champion Bumper and looks primed for the extra furlongs.

Albert Bartlett Spa Novices Hurdle Winners - past four years:

2014: Very Wood (5) - Paul Carberry (Noel Meade)

2015: Martello Tower (7) - Adrian Heskin (Margaret Mullins)

2016: Unowhatimeanharry (5) - Paul Carberry (Noel Meade)

2017: Penhill (6) - Paul Townend (Willie Mullins)

2018: Kilbricken Storm (7) - H Cobden (Colin Tizzard)

2019: Minella Indo (6) - Rachael Blackmore (Henry de Bromhead)

Latest Betting odds:

Latest Exhibition (5/1), Monkfish (5/1), Thyme Hill (5/1), Fury Road (6/1), Sempo (10/1), Ramses De Teillee (12/1), Cobbler`s Way (14/1), Janidil (16/1), Harry Senior (16/1), Lieutenant Rocco (25/1), The Cashel Man (25/1), Redford Road (28/1), Aione (33/1), Cat Tiger (66/1), House Island (66/1), Oscar Academy (100/1), Kiltealy Briggs (125/1), The Wolf (125/1), Foxy Jacks (125/1)

By Neil Morris

Published on: 13/03/2020

Any odds displayed within this preview were correct at the time of publishing (13/03/2020 10:55:58) but are subject to change.

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