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Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle Betting Tips, Predictions, Preview & Free Bets (Cheltenham 2019 - DAY 4)

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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. Last year, the Colin Tizzard trained Kilbricken Storm caused a 33/1 upset as he showed stamina in abundance on the testing ground. Read below a complete Cheltenham 2019 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.

COMMANDER OF FLEET won the Nathaniel Lacy at the Dublin Racing Festival - with Rhinestone beaten by half-a-length - carrying an unbeaten record into that Grade One and travelling like a classy beast throughout. He has certainly shown his stamina in the closing stages and is considered the favourite #1.

BIRCHDALE built significantly on the form of his debut win when following up in the Classic Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham last time, although he was one length down when Brewinupastorm fell at the last. He  also won the Maiden Hurdle at Warwick in December, meaning that he has now won all three of his career outings to date.

LISNAGAR OSCAR has improved with every start. He lost to Emitom on his hurdling debut, narrowly lost to second-season novice Rockpoint on just his second start over hurdles, took the scalp of Dickie Diver in a novice contest and recorded a career-best victory in the Prestige Hurdle at Haydock by ten lengths.

A 20-length winner of a point-to-point back in December 2017, DICKIE DIVER has won one of his two starts in novice company. Anyway, he has never raced in a Graded contest previously in the season.

DERRINROSS has only had seven starts in his life so is very unexposed for an 8yo. He has already won two races and is definetely one to follow.

ALLAHO won well on his first start for Willie Mullins and could be anything, despite he has just two starts over jumps under his belt.

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DINONS has run 10 times already this season, including when he hacked up around here in October, giving weight to the useful De Name Evades Me, which looks to be really strong form.

RHINESTONE was runner-up to Commander Of Fleet over 2m6f at Leopardstown. He travelled supremely well and looked the likely winner at one point but was just run out of it on the long run in. The extra two furlongs and the track may well bring out a different result.

ASK BEN has done nothing wrong this season. He beat Beakstown over 2m6f at Newcastle and followed it by landing an ordinary novice hurdle over 3 miles by a whopping 19 lengths at Ayr.

ROCKPOINT beat Lisnagar Oscar over course & distance in December. Colin Tizzard’s 6yo is one of the most experienced in the field having made 13 starts under rules but he was extremely disappointing last time out.

SALSARETTA finished second in the race won by Commander Of Fleet at the Dublin Festival, but she’s better judged on her beating of a subsequent Grade 2 winner at Limerick prior to that. That was Felix Desjy who was fifth in the Supreme on Tuesday.

CAP YORK was outpaced before staying on in Derrinross's Grade 2 two starts back. Last time out he raced in open handicap company in a bigger field over three miles, and won comfortably.

NADAITAK represents a big hope for Ben Pauling as he was hacked up as outsider of four last time out in the Grade 2 River Don at Doncaster while MINELLA INDO took a big step forward when chasing home Allaho in 3m Clonmel Grade 3 last month.

Who else could finish in the top three?


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  • Only 4 of the last 13 favourites have won the race
  • 9 of the last 14 winners had run at Cheltenham over hurdles before
  • Horses aged 6 or 7 have won 11 of the 14 runnings so far
  • 12 of the last 13 winners finished in the top 3 last time out
  • The past 5 renewals have all been won by horses going off at double-figure odds, including 33-1 (twice)
  • 9 of the last 14 winner ran 47 days (or more) ago


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