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Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle Tips - Sempo and Redfoard Road EW

  • The Novices' Hurdle is Race 3 on Day 4 at 14:50 on Friday, 13th March 2020
  • I’m inclined to look further down the market for a couple of each-way selections
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Rachael Blackmore riding Minella Indo clear the last to win The Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle on Gold Cup Day at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 15, 2019. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle Tips, Predictions & Betting Preview

Like the County Hurdle before it, we’ve seen upsets a plenty in the Albert Bartlett over recent years. Minella Indo was the latest in a line of long-odds winners when he scored 12 months ago, helping the average winning SP in the Albert Bartlett over the last decade jump up to a whopping 17/1.

Thyme Hill is the obvious class angle in this three-miler, and Monkfish looks a strong staying chaser in the making. Latest Exhibition and Harry Senior shouldn’t be overlooked either, but I’m inclined to look further down the market for a couple of each-way selections.

The first of those will be SEMPO, who stayed on to finish sixth behind Envoi Allen in a red-hot Champion Bumper in 2019. Having been beaten on his first hurdles start over two miles, Joseph O’Brien’s charge showed his potential as a stayer when finishing with a wet sail behind Cobbler’s Way at Leopardstown over Christmas. A maiden victory followed at Thurles, where Sempo beat some decent rivals with ease, and O’Brien has chosen the Albert Bartlett over his expected tilt at the Coral Cup. Three miles should suit him perfectly.

I’m also going to take a punt on REDFORD ROAD, who won a Grade Two over course-and-distance as Cheltenham’s International Meeting. Nigel Twiston-Davies’ charge could then only finish fifth as Protektorat won a Listed Handicap, but Redford Road was conceding weight all round over a trip too short for his abilities. Nigel has freshened his novice up since then, and he has the stamina to challenge in this wide-open race.

Verdict

I’m inclined to look further down the market for a couple of each-way selections
Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle: Sempo Each-Way @12.00 at bet365 - 1 Unit
Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle: Redford Road Each-Way @34.00 at Paddy Power - 1 Unit

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