Day 4 Bets & Race Verdicts. (Albert Bartlett & Triumph Hurdle) (Cheltenham 2019)

Day Four

Cheltenham Festival 2019


ALBERT BARTLETT

Friday 15th March 2019

One of the most competitive affairs of the week is the Albert Bartlett, a fiercely tough Grade 1 Novice Hurdle that’s contested over just shy of three miles and is a race that generally requires a real battle hardened sort to win it. Commander Of Fleet heads it for Gordon Elliott and he’s joined at the top of the market with Lisnagar Oscar, Birchdale and Dickie Diver. All of these hold viable chances however this is reflected in their
single figure prices. I’ve actually got a few that I’ve had a bet on here, as many as three actually. Considering there’s still about 70 horses entered it’s not as bad as it sounds. The first of these bets comes in the form of ALLAHO for Willie Mullins, he doesn’t fit the bill of your average winner of this however Willie speaks very highly of him and he looked very impressive the last day when winning a Grade 3. There’s likely a lot more to come from him. DERRINROSS is another I’ve had a punt on, he’s won both starts so far this season and done so well. He beat Sams Profile by 4 lengths on his first start of the season which is solid form and should the rain come it will increase his chances further. The last one I’ve had a bet on, is a bet I placed a while ago and that’s another Willie Mullins runner in EASY GAME. It remains to be seen whether he takes his place or not but if he does I think he’s a perfect fit for this race. He’s had several starts this season which have included Grade 3 and Grade 2 wins in his last two outings. As stated you need a horse who’s battle hardened for this particular affair and he’s certainly that.

My Bet(s):

EACH WAY: ALLAHO (12/1)
EACH WAY: DERRINROSS (12/1)
EACH WAY: EASY GAME (25/1)


TRIUMPH HURDLE

Friday 15th March 2019

The Triumph kicks things off on the final day of The Festival a race that’s often a cruel mistress to follow once winning it as many previous winners of recent years have found out. Ivanovich Gorbatov, Apple’s Shakira and Farclas to name but a few. JP McManus has won three of the last four renewals and he’s responsible for the favourite again this time with SIR EREC heading the market and I think if turning up in the same form that we’ve seen him in since his switch to Joseph O’Brien he’s going to take this. Paul Nicholls Quel Destin has been a horse I’ve become a huge fan of this season, he’s turned into a winning machine this term and will be a hugely popular each way pick for many. It’s another Irish hopeful I’ve took a chance on as an each way alternative and that’s TIGER TAP TAP for Willie Mullins. He ran a cracker of a race on his debut when just being denied by Sir Erec however didn’t follow it up last time at the Dublin Racing Festival. Things didn’t go quite to plan for him that day though and he was short of room in the run in. If returning to the form of his debut run for Willie his price could well look big.

WIN: SIR EREC (6/5)
EACH WAY: TIGER TAP TAP (14/1)


 

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