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Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle predictions, betting tips and free bets (DAY 4 - March 16, 2018)

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Previously known as the Brit Insurance Novices Hurdle this race was introduced to the festival in 2005 and is a three mile hurdle race for novices. The AB Novices Hurdle is open to 4 year old and older novice hurdlers. Penhill won the race for Willie Mullins and Paul Townend last year as he scored at 16/1. Read below a complete Cheltenham 2018 Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle race preview, with free predictions, free bets, no deposit bonuses, odds, recent trends and special promotions.


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One of three Grade 1 contests on the final day of the Cheltenham Festival is the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle. It's a Grade 1 National Hunt hurdle race, run over a distance of about three miles, for horses aged four years and upwards. This makes the race the starting platform for many young horses, who go on to have great racing careers at a high level.

Despite being one of the newest races at the festival this event has already provided us with high class winners, thrilling finishes and more. The AB Novices' Hurdle is where we will see future Gold Cup and future Stayers Hurdle horses.

And now we'll take a closer look at this year's Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle and try to determine which horse is likely to prevail.

SANTINI beat his stablemate Chef Des Obeaux over two and a half miles on his debut for the yard at Newbury and recorded his first graded success at Cheltenham next time when beating the Tom George trained Black Op by three quarters of a length

CHEF DES OBEAUX has four races and three wins to his name this season including a Grade 2 over three miles at Haydock. His only loss cam at Newbury over two and a half mile at the hands of stablemate Santini. 

POETIC RHYTHM won a Listed bumper here in 2016 and has already gained useful Cheltenham Festival experience last year. He was never a threat last March in the Neptune (now Ballymore Novices' Hurdle) won by Willoughby Court.

OK CORRAL was only narrowly beaten by Yorkhill in a bumper back in 2015 before coming back off an absence to win two of his three hurdles starts so far.

CHRIS'S DREAM won at Limerick on his second start over hurdles in December and then was very impressive last time when stepped up to 3 miles. He won by an amazing 64 lengths that day.

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ENNISCOFFEY OSCAR was second in a Grade 2 bumper at Aintree over 2m1f last season. He bolted up in a novice hurdle at Doncaster in December and then stepped up to 3m for the first-time he won nicely in a Grade 2 back at Doncaster in January.

DORTMUND PARK won at Fairyhouse and Thurles in good style and then ran in the Grade 1 staying hurdle at Leopardstown in February, he ran well to a point but ended up weakening close home and finishing fourth to Tower Bridge.

FABULOUS SAGA has won four races this season. He blotted his copybook last time out when going off far too freely and ended up finishing last in Tower Bridge’s race at Leopardstown.

BALLYWARD was 4th on his debut and then last time out improved to win at Naas over 2m3f in January. He comes here slightly under the radar having been kept to a low level so far.

CALETT MAD has now won three times after going up to Musselburgh to run in a qualifier and the two races he lost were Grade 2 contests.

REAL STEEL was a Thurles maiden winner on debut for new yard. This Willie Mullins' charge was running well in a Grade 1 at Leopardstown at Christmas before coming down at the last. Last time out he was beaten 13 lengths by Samcro.

Other contenders?

TOWER BRIDGE, MR WHIPPED, TALKISCHEAP and PAISLEY PARK have all the talent to grab a place at least.

The section below contains the most backed entries at the moment:

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  • 8 of the last 13 winners were in the front five of the betting market
  • 11 of the last 12 winners finished in the top 3 last time out
  • The past 4 renewals have all been won by horses going off at double-figure odds
  • 10 of the last 12 winners had won a graded race before
  • 9 of the last 12 winners had won over three miles before
  • 9 of the last 12 winners had been rated 140 or higher
  • Horses aged 6 or 7 have won 10 of the 13 runnings so far


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