Published 8th Feburary
The Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle is a race that rewards stamina and toughness. It regularly turns into a real slog and going into the race with plenty of experience and maturity has proven to be significant for many previous winners of it.
One contender that is tipped in the hope that he will instead run in this race rather than the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle is the Philip Hobbs-trained THYME HILL.
The six-year-old doesn’t have an above-average amount of experience for an Albert Bartlett contender having had three starts in bumpers and three over hurdles. That said, his experience has primarily come in very competitive environments, with him having run in a Listed bumper at Cheltenham, the Champion Bumper at the Cheltenham Festival and all three of his starts over hurdles having come in Grade 2 or Grade 1 novice company.
Thus, the manner in which he has been fast-tracked into top company at every stage of his career suggests that inexperience won’t be an issue for him in the Albert Bartlett.
While all three of Thyme Hill’s starts over hurdles have come over mid-range trips, he has given the strong impression that a well-run three miles will suit him even better
While all three of Thyme Hill’s starts over hurdles have come over mid-range trips, he has given the strong impression that a well-run three miles will suit him even better. He never overexerts himself be it in how he travels in his races, how he jumps or how much he does when hitting the front. It is a case of doing the bare minimum at all times and those are the horses that tend to thrive over longer trips.
With Thyme Hill’s liking for Cheltenham being well established, he looks a very solid proposition for the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle.
Recommended Bet (scale 1-5 points):
Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle, Friday 13th March
2pts win THYME HILL (5-1 Betfair Sportsbook, Betfred, bet365, Coral, Paddy Power, Unibet)