Cheltenham ALBERT BARTLETT PREVIEW
ALBERT BARTLETT PREVIEW:
As many as nineteen runners go to post for the Albert Bartlett this year but I feel like there’s only a handful in there that actually have a live chance.
Ramses De Teillee has placed in a Welsh Grand National a couple of years back and has since reverted back to hurdles, winning three out of four this season including once over this C&D, but I can’t see him winning this at the age of eight.
Fury Road had won a couple of Graded races before finding the re-opposing Latest Exhibition too strong at Leopardstown and he’d have to do well to reverse that form off the same weight and that son of Oscar arrives here with a massive chance for Paul Nolan and looks like a horse wroth backing with Asiabet888 who are offering some excellent odds.
He chased home Supreme hurdle second Abracadabras before landing a graded double and on just his fifth hurdling start this step up in trip could bring
out further improvement and he’s certainly one of the more likely winners.
Monkfish steps into graded company for the first time and is in search of a hat-trick having won a maiden and novice horse racing event the last twice and could be anything for strong connections but it’s the Phillip Hobbs horse that I’m keen on here.
THYME HILL has won his three hurdling starts to date having finished a good third in the Champion Bumper last year behind Envoi Allen. He won well in the Persian War at Chepstow before winning over 2m5f here back in November. He stepped up again when landing the Grade 1 Challow Hurdle at Newbury over Christmas and with course form in the bag I can see this son of Kayf Tara relishing the step up to 3m for the first time.
Phillip Hobbs hasn’t had a great week so far but this would have been one of his main fancies for the week and he can hopefully provide the current
champ Richard Johnson with a first festival win of the year. Cobbler’s Way chased home Latest Exhibition the last day and is another who is unexposed
that could go well for the Irish contingent but I’m happy with the Hobbs six-year old who I’d be surprised if he’s out of the places if showing
his best form.