RACE three on day four is the Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle, run over three miles.
Death Duty – Gordon Elliott 9-4 10bet
Four from four this season and while he hasn’t run over two miles four furlongs he does look a guaranteed stayer for three miles. Watching this horse run screams he wants further and is a worthy favourite. His jumping has been superb and he travels well in his races, one question though where there are different answers from different people is “would Augusta Kate have beaten him if not for falling?” I for once am unsure.
Augusta Kate – Willie Mullins 6-1 10bet
She has to be the value of the race even though I advised her at bigger odds. Fell when still having a chance against Death Duty,
Augusta Kate has pretty high-profile owners in Ant and Dec, Andrew “Chubby” Chandler, Lee Westwood, Alan Shearer and Graham and Andrea Wylie who also bred the horse. She was advised by me at 14-1 but is now a lot shorter and I still like her chances.
After falling on hurdling debut he has won his last two and again he looks a horse that needs this more stamina testing distance. His last run was his best against some good rivals and can’t be ruled out of this.
West Approach – Colin Tizzard 11-2 10bet
With Thistlecrack missing at Cheltenham the owners will be hoping for a win with this horse but he is also entered in the Stayers Hurdle, this being the more likely target though. Last time he was behind Unowhatimeanharry and Cole Harden would give him a great chance in the Albert Bartlett.
Wholestone – Nigel Twiston-Davies 6-1 10bet
We have known for a long time now that this is his target, four from five this season with his only defeat a second to Peregrine Run. With three of those wins and his one-length second all coming at Cheltenham and twice won over 3 miles at Cheltenham we can say that course and distance are fine.
- AUGUSTA KATE 6-1 10bet (already advised at 14-1)
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