At Fishers Cross & Pont Alexandre make moves in Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle

Sometimes referred to as the “Potato Race” the Albert Bartlett novice hurdle is one of the most anticipated races on Gold Cup day. It is a race that is full of gutsy potential staying chasers that all are likely to go for some big prizes in the future.

The likes of Bobs Worth in 2011 and Wichita Lineman in 2007 are perfect examples about the sort of standard the race produces.

Last year’s renewal was won in game fashion by Brindisi Breeze, who tragically died on the gallops over the summer. He was an 8/1 shot and brought about a bit of a gamble by Lucinda Russell’s stable who had been backing the horse all year for the race.

So who will triumph this year? To find out, taking your custom to Ladbrokes online website is a must.

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Course form is key to identifying the winner of the Albert Bartlett as six of the last eight winners had a previous win at Prestbury Park before landing the valuable Grade One. In 2011, the winner, third and fourth had all won at the course previously, showing just how important it is to have previous Cheltenham form on your side.

This bodes very well for the chances of Coneygree, who is an 8/1 with Ladbrokes in the ante-post markets. The Mark Bradstock-trained stayer has already two Grade Two wins to his name at Prestbury Park and looks like the one to beat in 2013.

Also having already proved their stamina capabilities before the three mile hurdle is something to look at in a positive light. Of the 23 win and placed horses during the eight renewals of this race, 17 of them had already ran in a race that had been over three miles.

This is another positive for the chances of Coneygree, who will be ridden by Matty Bachelor due to his relationship with the owner of the horse. That may be the only negative about the horse’s chances with the fact that one of the top-jockeys like Ruby Walsh or AP McCoy won’t be aboard him come the day.

Willie Mullins hasn’t tasted success in this race yet but he’s certainly knocking on the door. Boston Bob’s runner-up finish last year added to Mullins’ near misses.

The Midnight Club was beaten only two lengths in 2009 and Fionnegas was set to contest the finish before being brought down at the final flight in 2008.

Mullins looks to have the horse they all have to beat this season in form of the classy Pont Alexandre, who made quite an impression on his debut at Naas at the end of last season.

Bookmakers have seen plenty of money wagered on the chances of the stayer with the likes of Bet365, William Hill and Ladbrokes cutting his price into 8/1 in recent weeks. He does hold an entry for the Neptune novice hurdle over 2m5f too, so holding your bets on the Mullins could be the wise thing to do.

 

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