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Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle Tips

This is a race for proper National Hunt horses who have aspirations of Cheltenham Gold Cup glory in time. You need to stay longer than the mother in law to win this oneā€¦.

12 of the 15 had been 1st or 2nd last time out in Graded Class
Seven winners of the G2 late January 2m 5f course trial have run. 3 won, two placed.
12 of the last 14 six or seven years of age.
Only one French Bred winner in last 14
Penhill is W Mullins’ only winner from 35 runners.
Seven of the 15 were course winners. Six others had never been here before.
Eight from the last ten were rated 140+
Minella Indo only winner having had less than 3 runs over hurdles.
Six from the last seven winners started hurdling in 2 mile races.
No winner with an SP under 11/1 since 2014.

Summary
Race Distance – about 3 miles. Going 15 years.

Look for:
Winner to be 6 or 7 years old.
Has won hurdle race over at least 2m 4f.
Harry Senior solid chance on the record of January course form.
May not have already run over 3 miles.
At least 3 runs over hurdles or Graded place last time out.
1st or 2nd last time out in Graded Class or ran in Challow Hurdle.
Hasn’t come from the Flat unless W Mullins.
Irish trained have recently punched above their numbers.
Course winner if given the chance.
Irish or Eng Bred.
Due something under 10/1.
Not beaten favourite last time unless placed in Graded shorter trip.
Rated 140+, if rated.

Contenders:
Thyme Hill
Latest Exhibition
Harry Senior
Cobbler’s Way

My selection:
Thyme Hills, 0.5pts e/w 9/2

Have gone each way in the interest of safety. He has some very good form to his name having finished a couple of lengths behind Envoi Allen in the Champion Bumper last year, form we all know about after EA romped home on Wednesday and Abacadabras finished a battling 2nd in the first race of the festival. Both have won multiple Grade 1s this season. Thyme Hill himself won a Grade 2 on his hurdles debut, and followed it up with another Grade 2 win followed by winning the Challow (G1) Hurdle at Newbury. He was always just doing enough in each start and the step-up in trip should pose no issue.

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